From his entry More on Tech Complexity
I'm reminded of the Unix philosophy. Small tools that do one thing, that can be lashed together as needed to tackle bigger tasks. It works so well as an engineering philosophy, but it never seems to work as an economic philosophy.
Or does it? Let's take the absurd route for a minute and say Microsoft did implode. Would we see an emergence of small tech companies doing small, specific things well? And if we did, how long until they started buying each other up, became Microsoft 2, and imploded again? Is this a unbreakable cycle we're on indefinitely?
Via Brent Simmons