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Explaining ‘why’

Raymond Chen has written a book on the evolution of Windows based on his weblog. What I find interesting is how much this quote (I guess from the book introduction, here) is similar to some of the reasons to blog I heard from other Microsoft bloggers:

What will the reader get out of this book? As noted above, the primary goal is to convey the philosophy and rational behind what might at first appear to be an irrational design. The reader will also understand that when something can’t be done in Windows, it’s often for a good reason as well as appreciate the lengths to which Windows goes in preserving backwards compatibility (and why it’s important that it do so). And if nothing else, the reader will be able to tell amusing stories about Windows history at cocktail parties. That is, cocktail parties thrown by other geeks.

Archived version of this entry is available at http://blog.mathemagenic.com/2006/12/12.html#a1869; comments are here.

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