It amazes me that within a few years, a graduate student's project went on to become a serious competitor for the likes of Sun, Microsoft, HP, SCO, and others after being posted on the Internet. Like many of you, I am a science fiction fan. I'm sure you'll remember the notion of "desert power" from Frank Herbert's Dune (or similar forces in the other books in the series). A central concept to this was the incredible power of passion and determination. Does passion lead to better code? Did passion help propel Linux to success?
Related to this, a recent blog posting from Tobias Lütke shared a Pop tech video that takes a particular view towards the importance of passion and hope. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.