When I was growing up, the overwhelming reaction I got from people from all walks of life was that change was something to be avoided. I found it frustrating because, to me, it seemed that there was so many exciting things that could be happening but noone was interested. That has changed today. Nowadays, it is accepted wisdom that you must innovate - or suffer the consequences. Providing services, providing products We can classify, roughly, a business into two primary styles - a service provider or a product provider. Be aware that the line between these can get pretty fuzzy. However, a key difference is in the nature of the relationship with the customer: a service provider 'takes control' of the relationship by offering to directly meet some requirements. A product provider is also focused on meeting requirements; but is more indirect: the product provider sells a tool to the customer that enables him or her to meet his or her requirements. There are other differences betwe
A sporadic series of essays on things that interest me. Mostly about programming in one form or another.