An ISP of their own (was RE: [rescue] Being jobless)

Kevin Loch kloch at
Thu Jul 31 14:54:13 CDT 2003

Jonathan C. Patschke wrote:
>    "(sometimes, more euphoniously, second-system syndrome) When one is
>    designing the successor to a relatively small, elegant, and
>    successful system, there is a tendency to become grandiose in one's
>    success and design an elephantine feature-laden monstrosity. The term
>    was first used by Fred Brooks in his classic The Mythical Man-Month:
>    Essays on Software Engineering (Addison-Wesley, 1975; ISBN
>    0-201-00650-2). It described the jump from a set of nice, simple
>    operating systems on the IBM 70xx series to OS/360 on the 360 series.
>    A similar effect can also happen in an evolving system; see Brooks's
>    Law, creeping elegance, creeping featurism. See also Multics, OS/2,
>    X, software bloat."

See also: Mosaic -> Mozilla, and possibly IPV4 -> IPV6.


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