Subject: Re: Lisp is neither (was Re: Ousterhout and Tcl lost the plot)
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1997/04/21
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp,comp.lang.tcl
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* Stan Shebs
| If it were really true that Lisp Machines were as hot as they were
| claimed to be, and the Lisp implementation in it was good for all
| purposes, then it should have been possible for Symbolics et al to do
| laps around Sun, Microsoft, etc, and to have ground them all into the
| dirt.

why do you believe that businesses only need technical superiority to win?
if there is only one mistake that computer geeks make, it is to believe
that "good" is rewarded simply for being there.  it isn't.  never was.

the Lisp Machine industry died for lack of business savvy compared to their
competitors.  Microsoft wins only because they have more business savvy
than their competitors.  technical quality doesn't even enter the picture
as an argument until _after_ you are have become successful business.

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