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Is Eller for REAL?!
am 7. August 1998
Marlin Eller, a co-author, explains his development years at Microsoft attempting to make Bill Gates look bad, but this backfires on Eller!
All of Eller's projects at Microsoft were miserable failures: Windows 1.0, Pen Computing, Low Bandwith, Networking, etc... However this guy seems to take pride in his work! Throughout the book he shows how he took little initiative in his projects, and ran like a coward when things got tough. For example, software schedules are almost always delayed, however Eller cowardly timed his leaving on a network project to a deadline he knew was not going to be met. He tries to justify this as a brave action. He claims to have known the proper chips to put in his graphics board project, yet he left the project and whines that he knew what chips to use when the project fails. He admits he was known as a 'NO!' man, unwilling to work with others. Of course you have to say NO sometimes during development, but to his coworkers he was more! of a hindrance than a help.
Eller doesn't even realize Microsoft wanted him out of the company, despite making it very visible that people wanted him out! His lack of promotion and no offer to make him stay at Microsoft shows how he was not beneficial to the company. Of course he got a socially acceptable 'Are you sure we can't make you stay?' before he left, but I'm sure Microsoft partied when he left!
The funny thing is, Eller tries to put down Gates, but the only person he puts down is himself. He totally lacks the aggressiveness and follow thru of Gates. He takes no responsibility for his projects. His Pen project was a failure, but he considered it a great success because the competition failed too. Pen computing was a bad idea that society never needed... that's probably why he got the project in the 1st place!
I don't think Eller realizes how much of a failure he was at Microsoft, but it comes thru great in this book. To see this whining failure put do! wn Gates is hillarious! Eller obviously doesn't know what ! it takes to be a success in the software field.
I give this book 3 stars because it perfectly shows the contrast between the successful software developer (Bill Gates) and an apparently successful software developer (Eller) who's actually a failure. Another great success in this book is chapter 6 about Dave Weise. Dave singlehandedly took initiative to put Windows into protected mode, resulting in the most successful software products ever developed: the modern Windows OS's. If Eller had half of Weise's drive, intelligence and initiative he'd be a real software developer.
Eller wears a beret at all times, which I see as a symbol of his lack of touch with the real world. He really thinks he's a great developer and important force at Microsoft... but reading the book that HE wrote, it is obvious he is disillusioning himself! In one story, Eller man-handles Gates at a meeting and views it as an agressive action! Coo-Coo!
If you read this book, keep in mind who the REA! L, SUCCESSFUL developers and business men are... you will see it is not Eller.
Sincerely, Bill Gate's Mom :) Just kidding (note: I don't have anything against Eller, however I think people will view him as some hero when in fact he was non-influential in Microsoft's history... by his own words)