Tuesday, 24 June 2003

I'm no Microsoft hater...

Reading through some of my opinions here and there, some people have come to the opinion that I'm opposed against Microsoft. There are plenty of "hate Microsoft" sites out on the web already. THIS IS NOT ONE OF THEM!

My actually issues with Microsoft is that I don't think they're writing to their best potential. I want their products to get better, but they continually disappoint me. I do not give up hope though. I hope that one day they will write something that is useful, secure, easy to use, etc... I'm probably more pro-Microsoft than Bill.

I don't think their strategic development agrees with my opinions though.

Friday, 20 June 2003

The skill of fishing...

The old proverb of "Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he'll eat for a lifetime" certainly does hold ground in the IT industry. I think people these days are in the mode of getting fish handed to them too often. This is not always a bad thing, but it can cause people to become too reliant on certain things being certain ways to remain productive.

I have no issue informing anyone who wants to ask me for information on how to achieve a certain goal. I don't believe in bottling information, skills, or techniques. It's not a belief that would allow for open-source projects to flourish so well. People should share ideas. Test (or use) ideas. Refine ideas. This sounds very Utopian, I know... but if we do strive to help each other, then we'll all get to a better (and more productive) state of doing things.

Empower your colleague or boss... and get them to do it themselves!!