November 9, 2004
Economist.com | MONITOR via MicroISV via Joel
Economist.com | MONITOR: "Mass production sounded the death knell for many specialist craft jobs, and the rise of computerised supply chains finished off most of the rest. But now, a century later, the trend is reversing itself. The new craftsmen do not stitch leather, cut cloth or saw wood: instead, they write software. This is because, as digital gizmos proliferate, consumers are running into some niggling problems. How can you synchronise a Sony Ericsson smartphone with a Macintosh computer running Microsoft's Entourage software? How do you send instant messages from your PocketPC or Palm handheld?