Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Killer software

A friend of mine relayed the story once, but I was never sure if it was apocryphal. I'm a little more confident now thanks to this link.

Steve Jobs: "Well, let's say you can shave 10 seconds off of the [Mac] boot time. Multiply that by five million users and thats 50 million seconds, every single day. Over a year, that's probably dozens of lifetimes. So if you make it boot ten seconds faster, you've saved a dozen lives. That's really worth it, don't you think?"

Clearly this isn't the prevailing thought in other institutions. Coming immediately to mind are the DMV and the motion picture industry, given the DVDs they produce.


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