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Comment: Communicators (Score 1) 420

by BenjyD (#44774343) Attached to: Nokia Insider On Why It Failed and Why Apple Could Be Next

Nokia went with devices like the Communicator, which opened out to give a big screen for web browsing with a computer style keyboard, with much of their pre-iPhone touch screen developments still on the drawing board when Apple pounced.

That makes it sound like Nokia's Communicator only failed because it missed the "next big thing'" of touchscreen. The real reason they failed was because they were awful phones. Even without the touchscreen iPhone around to compare to, they were terrible. Slow, buggy, poor UI, heavy, bad hardware design.

Nokia may have lacked courage and vision, but they also lacked technical ability.

Comment: Think of the future (Score 1) 515

by BenjyD (#40570913) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old Dogs vs. New Technology?

At some point in the future, you are going to screw up badly at work. It's inevitable: you do something every day for years, you're going to make a mistake. When that day comes, do you want to be known as the arrogant one in the office that's always complaining?

Or do you want to be the one that everyone remembers for patiently helping them out with their work, so that you can rely on colleagues to help you out, minimise the fallout and defend you to management?

"Mach was the greatest intellectual fraud in the last ten years." "What about X?" "I said `intellectual'." ;login, 9/1990

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