Software development propaganda from another time

On my office wall is a poster from a bygone era, and a bygone company. I don’t pretend to agree with everything here, but I like the tone of it. Also, any company whose motto was “No French Horns” deserves to live forever.
The text of the poster follows. I’m off to Europe for a couple weeks, though I’ll be checking e-mail regularly.
Tools != Talent
Does equipment establish the elite? How much ‘having’ do you have to
have? Does it ever bother you that industries have grown up by
preying on your dreams? Remember, if you just have one more pretty
processor, one more piece of software, one more gearhead gizmo, you’d
finally finish the CD, write the hit, get somewhere. Silicon Valley
beckons with the promise of technology you can eat, but in fact when
you buy that technology, they are the ones who are eating. And you
buy more and more.
OCS stands for breaking the cycle of consumption. We are a small
group of music industry refugees, tired of business infighting,
corporate greed, and pursuit of the ‘next big thing’. For a while we
forgot that creation reuires hard drive, not hard drives. But in 1988
we remembered. OSC makes cheap macintosh digital audio software that
you can use to finish real things (CDs, albums, videos, films). We
also publish ‘non-emulative’ CD-ROM sound collections. We weathered
the front lines of the digital audio revolution, but the revolution
is over and now is time for everyone to have their turn. Not just
those with $50,000 of disposable income. Large corporations have
controlled our entertainment industry for many decades. By
controlling the means of production and distribution, these companies
have retained absolute control over content. This era must now come
to an end. The means of production are now within the reach of the
common person, so defy those who would tell you how and what to
create. Take your ideas, and make them real. OSC is committed to
making it possible for all persons to control their creative destiny,
and to produce works of competitive quality. We ay “buy the minimum
and let the idea fuel the fire.” And we back this up by providing
super-affordable tools for making this possible. We are not venture
capitalized, we do not plan to ‘go public’,’ in fact we do this
because it means something to us. We make things only when we want
those things. We use things only when we need those things.
OSC Says:
Tools are NOT talent
Money != Success
Integrity cannot be bought
Consume the minimum, produce the maximum
Talk is a poor substitute for action
Create yourself before someone else does
Don’t do what people tell you to do
Trust your heart
Confront and document
Believe nothing
Finish things and give them to people

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