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  1. Dude, I’m confused. Isn’t the point (in the .com mentality) of smaller size companies growth? What the hell am I talking about? I should have editted that part out to make myself sound better.

  2. Hey guys,

    Great episode. I like the idea of the “risk discount”. One of the areas that I’ve been struggling with is getting around the idea that software has to cost a lot in order to be valueable. The fact that Open Source software is often “free” seems to translate in large corporate environments that it is “toy” software or that support is weaker than what you get with commercial “enterprise” software.

    Time and time again, with the open source software we implement, we get far better results support wise from the team than we do from any vendor.

    At some point in one of his books, Gerald Weinberg talked about how often the value of a consultant is judged by the fee he charges. Too little, and he is viewed as not as good, too much, and he’s full of himself.

    I think corporation (larger ones anyway) apply these same rules to software, and therefore never get the financial savings afforded to them by such great software being available out on the network written by extremely talented people.

    Just my $0.02

  3. Great show guys. The audio was much better balanced, whatever you did continue doing it!

    As far as the content is concerned, very good food for thought. The “risk discount” idea and using risk as part of the criterion for evaluation sounds very interesting. However, it breaks down when you bring in those license agreements (usually found in shrinkwrap software) that basically say that the software company takes absolutely no responsibility for anything. Of course, YMMV, but I’ve usually found the open source community to be far more responsive than the commercial software community when fixing bugs (even mission-critical or data-damaging bugs). But yes, paying a large company usually brings a “warm and fuzzy” feeling to many people.

  4. re the advantage of big companies…

    where you say “comfort” -i prefer the term “foot rub”

    when it is someone else’s money -the rational consumer will see which solution comes with a foot rub

    bollocks to a “risk discount” -how about an “I can actually personally do this and can look you in the eye and tell you that I absolutely am going to do this and that this company is not going to be ‘re-focussed and rationalized’ next month” *premium* “-rub my feet dipshit”!

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