Poor Musser. They used him and then abandoned him.
Lagging is their niche…
Cleary a visionary. Maybe not a good one, but a visionary nonetheless.
My Dad briefly worked with a startup company that tried the same thing, and, like Musser, did not see what was coming.
I still have stock in such a company. I believe they are soon to unveil an OS to compete with Windoz 95…….Oh the thrill.
Just ask Atari’s Nolan Bushnell. He turned down Steve Job’s offer of a third of Apple for $50,000.00
With “cloud” computing and “applications as services” are we not sort of / kind of moving back in that direction? I don’t need a powerful computer, just a good internet connection.
Shoulda kept with it. Amazon Web Services is making a killing.
My first job, after college, was at a tech writing company that turned out to be amazingly behind the technology curve (considering its product). Although PCs had already been out for a few years, and we had one in our engineering department that we had been using for over a year, our management suddenly discovered that they existed. They got excited when we showed them what we could do with a PC – so excited that they decided they should make money teaching others about this new-fangled machine… so they set up a rudimentary course that they would teach at a hotel conference room…
They only got two paying customers – there were very few people as late to the party as they were, and the advertisement indicated that the content wasn’t very deep (you could get more information for free by just talking to a PC salesman at the mall). But they’d already paid a nonrefundable deposit on the conference room, so it was “Forward HO!”
They recruited employees of our company to attend the lecture, to make it seem a lot more popular than it was… I was not invited because they feared I might ask questions they could not answer (they even gave attending employees questions that they were supposed to ask). As an example, I suggested a question about modem speeds – they didn’t know what a modem even was…
Their charade failed, and subsequent offerings got no takers. Another “big money making idea” by our executives had bombed… yeah, they were out of business a few years later.
John Zakour and Scott Roberts