New essay from Paul Graham, derived from a talk at Oscon 2005. Best line:
The atmosphere of the average workplace is to productivity what
flames painted on the side of a car are to speed. And it’s not
just the way offices look that’s bleak. The way people act is
just as bad.
He also points out:
At this point, anyone proposing to run Windows on servers
should be prepared to explain what they know about servers that
Google, Yahoo, and Amazon don’t.
Another reason I think companies like Google, Yahoo, and Amazon don’t use (and probably never even considered using) Windows-based servers is that they see Microsoft as a major competitor. It’d be foolish to depend upon a major competitor for critical infrastructure.
★ Monday, 8 August 2005