Interview with Scott McNealy

Here is an interview with SUN CEO Scott McNealy. I admire his optimism, but sometimes I wonder if it borders on stupidity. Seriously, SUN is in an extremely competitive industry, and they have not been performing well. Here is some of what he said.

We are moving through the hierarchy of enlightenment. Call it "McMaslow's hierarchy of IT enlightenment" to self-actualization, where you just use the stuff in the same way you just use telephone switches and you just use nuclear power plants and you use the Hoover Dam, without having to know how to work it.

This is why I crack up when I learn my third-grader's learning how to program. I want to go in and tell them, are you teaching him how to program a telephone switch, too? Or work a nuclear power plant? It's just a continuum. We've always done piece parts because people like to buy the piece parts. But now open interfaces, standard building blocks, and providing integratable alternatives to the welded-shut Microsoft hairball, people are getting more and more comfortable buying less mechanics and more assembled fixtures.

Read the whole thing. There's a lot of good stuff there. I think I'll give him the benefit of the doubt for now and hold on to my SUN stock (which I sometimes wish I had never bought).