Why Bootstrap?

Why not just start with a great piece of software, why is bootstrapping so important?
So it's not just solving a problem now, but solving a problem over time?
So it's the process, not just a specific solution?
Answer: I think you can do both, you can start with a great piece of software, to get the bootstrapping going, the issue is where you start, with what software and what user community.
Notes: None.

Keywords: Software, bootstrap, user community, issues,
Related Links: http://www.bootstrap.org/colloquium/session_05/session_05.html Engelbart's Colloquium (10 week lecture), held at Stanford University. This link is to the transcript of the 5th session; 'Bootstrapping continuous improvement'. For the full Colloquium site, go to http://www.bootstrap.org/colloquium/

.au 11.127 khz 16 bits mono with µLaw 2;1 compression.

Originally recorded on an Apple Macintosh PowerBook using a SONY ECM-T145 condenser microphone and Adobe Premiere audio/video editing software. The original recording was saved as a QuickTime file at 22 mhz, 16 bits with no compression.
Due to Doug's characteristically low voice it was then imported into a Premiere project where the volume was raised in the project timeline three times (no filter) and saved as a QuickTime movie.
The document was then finally imported into Apple's QuickTime Player and exported as .au at 11.127 khz, 16 bits mono with µLaw 2;1 compression resulting in the version playing here.

Recorded: Session 1. 7/22/2000. Interviewed at Dr. Engelbarts residence in Atherton, California, early morning by Frode Hegland @.


Copyright Doug Engelbart/Frode Hegland - 2000