Has something gone wrong with one of the bulwarks of American industry? This very interesting blog, full of posts from what appear to be insiders at said company, seems to indicate that all is not well at the Happy Farm. It appears that bureaucracy is becoming more entrenched, cost savings are being pushed inappropriately, and the code is a Frankenstein's Emperor that nobody was allowed to proclaim naked. Consider:
Today's announcement is of course no surprise to anyone inside [...]. The only surprise is that it was such a short delay announced.
Basically we do not believe [...] will make January 2007 or even March 2007. Anyone with any access knows what a frankenstein's monster [...] is on the inside. At some point there is a law of diminishing returns trying to do anything to it at all, it seems like that limit is being reached today. The release is pushed back because of bugs but fixing those bugs will create more bugs. It is just godawful to be honest. And the process gets in the way at every step.
At some point we will have to do something and i know at least some in my team privately agree with me. We will have to throw out everything and start again. This is what Apple did with OSX, and sure it was painful, but it worked and now they're kicking our asses. We should have done that in 2000. Now it is even more obvious we should do it. Start again and just run a compatibility layer on top. Apple did it with classic why can't we???
Most average users of computers, I have come to know, would not switch to a Macintosh to save their souls. I got one at the end of last year and I just love the darned thing. (In fairness, it's only one of the four or so machines I run at any given time.) OSX seems to me to be head and shoulders above XP in stability, graphics, and security. Apparently the insiders agree.
What's the difference between OS X and [other OS]?
[well-known company] employees are excited about OS X...
By Anonymous, at 2:48 AM
Other comments indicate that one of the perennial bugaboos of software development--the push for total automation, even when it is inappropriate--is also part of the problem.
For reasons beyond my control I find that my livelihood suddenly depends entirely on the success of this particular company. Can you spell "angst"?