Simon Willison’s Weblog

Quotations in Mar, 2007

Filters: Type: quotation × Year: 2007 × Month: Mar ×


XSD is more flawed than most technologies that roam the earth. I was on the committee that created it, and that was back when I made my money explaining complicated technologies to people for money, and man, I could hear the cash registers ringing in my ears.

Don Box # 31st March 2007, 10:01 am

If you don’t think you’re smart enough to start a startup doing something technically difficult, just write enterprise software. Enterprise software companies aren’t technology companies, they’re sales companies, and sales depends mostly on effort.

Paul Graham # 27th March 2007, 11:57 pm

Most Apollo applications will likely be repurposed web pages running inside a specialized environment. [...] Imagine your heavy, always-open web apps leaving your browser tab and creating an application-like presence in your taskbar.

Niall Kennedy # 24th March 2007, 7:11 pm

I just cut my thumb opening the clear plastic Fortress of Solitude in which you’ve packed the cordless presenter. [...] You forced me into stabbing your product with a carving knife. Is that really the sort of “initial user experience” you were hoping for?

David Weinberger # 24th March 2007, 5:04 pm

When I write a new book [...] I plan to throw away something like the first 30 or so pages. And, because I know I’m going to do it, it doesn’t worry me. I no longer have writer’s block.

Dave Thomas # 24th March 2007, 3:05 pm

A binary compatible wire call is still a binary compatible wire call, no matter how much XML you put on it.

Bill de hÓra # 23rd March 2007, 12:56 am

The best reason to always build out APIs for your product is that it makes it easier for the rest of the world to extend your product or service rather than start competitors.

Dick Costolo # 16th March 2007, 10:41 am

On any given Web page, users will either click something that appears to take them closer to the fulfillment of their goal, or click the Back button on their Web browser.

Mark Hurst # 7th March 2007, 1:58 pm

[...] I’m a fan of the virtual machine future. We should treat our operating system like a roll of paper towels. If you get something on it you don’t like, you ball it up and throw it away, and rip off a new, fresh one.

Jeff Atwood # 2nd March 2007, 10:21 am