I never met Joel Spolsky, but I gather that he is regarded as the ‘burning bush’ in some programming circles. Regarding Live Mesh – Joel just validated my view with this post and probably speaks for other people who have computer science degrees and business savvy. His post caught my interest because I took heat on my comments from Live Mesh while everyone like Scoble were doing handstands around Mesh. I read one document and coined the term “Live Mess”. I took the lumps from guys like Scoble and moved on. Some folks love it but my impression was the same as Joels. Will someone other than Microsoft tell me what Live Mesh solves. I’m open to hearing anything relevant to the computer science, software, or services technology world that we live in today.
Joel says “the incredible amount of bombast; the heroic, utopian grandiloquence; the boastfulness; the complete lack of reality. And people buy it! The business press goes wild!” The hallmark of an architecture astronaut is that they don’t solve an actual problem… they solve something that appears to be the template of a lot of problems. Or at least, they try.”
Here are my tweets from the day of the announcment…
|Furrier @scobleizer first impression of under the covers is too complex – it’s an OS and not clear to me what it’s purpose is..seems bloated|
|Furrier Microsoft launches new product – Live Mess|
|Furrier microsoft marketing-make things as complex as possible – oh thats the product strategy as well..first impression of mess-too complex for ??|