Engineering Driven vs. Community Driven (was Re: Ugliness)

Crane, Matthew mcrane03 at
Mon Apr 28 21:57:19 CEST 2008

There is nothing incredible about apple's electrical, software, or
mechanical engineering.  IMHO.. 
The marketing/buzz machine is incredible though. 


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Subject: Re: Engineering Driven vs. Community Driven (was Re: Ugliness)

	If this is primarily a developer platform, why are there so many
intense opinions about such superficial things as color and marketing

In today's world, there is *very* little daylight between marketing and
engineering. They are of a piece. The product design, the feature set,
and yes even the physical form factor are all both engineering issues as
well as marketing issues. Apple is a prime example of this. The beauty
of the design of their products is all about marketing, but could not be
achieved without incredible engineering on the electrical, software, and
mechanical engineering fronts. So I don't think, particularly for a
phone, you can separate these issues.


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