Quotations From Chairman Morrow

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Aug 5, 2010.

  1. I don’t recall ever hearing of Morrow Designs, but this book
    <http://www.decodesystems.com/chairman-morrow.html> gives a succinct
    snapshot of the computing industry in 1984. Some choice quotes:

    The only industrial costs software companies have is the printing of
    serial numbers. What drives the prices so high is thievery.

    Proprietary software in a nutshell. :)

    There's been no real change in progrmammer productivity since compilers
    were developed in the 1950s. Software hasn't kept up with hardware in
    terms of productivity improvement.

    Actually untrue, as Fred Brooks so carefully documented.

    The key to increasing programmer productivity is universal software that
    runs in a wide variety of hardware environments. This will keep the
    programmer from having to re-invent the wheel every time a new piece of
    hardware comes along.

    Free software lets you do that.

    As long as product technology is changing the Japanese can't get into
    the market. ...

    Being so fixated on the Japanese, he never saw the Taiwanese coming...

    And this one is still so apt:

    The Morrow theory of finance: When you're a little guy operating out of
    a garage, you have to pay all your own bills. But when you get more
    successful, you get a line of credit, and the bank starts paying your
    bills. Then you get a little more successful, and the bank won't pay
    anymore, so you pay your bills slowly--30, 60, 120 days late--and now
    your vendors are paying your bills. Now you're even more successful,
    you get venture capitalists, and they're paying your bills. And it used
    to be when you reached the highest level of success, you could go public
    and have the public paying your bills. But nowadays, when you finally
    reach the pinnacle of financial success--like Chrysler--you're so
    successful you can't be allowed to fail, and the government starts
    paying your bills.
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Aug 5, 2010
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