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Microsoft has had two goals in the last 10 years. One was to copy the Mac, and the other was to copy Lotus' success in the spreadsheet - basically, the applications business. And over the course of the last 10 years, Microsoft accomplished both of those goals. And now they are completely lost.
You must be a lotus, unfolding its petals when the sun rises in the sky, unaffected by the slush where it is born or even the water which sustains it!
The lotus comes from the murkiest water but grows into the purest thing.
There are still some terrible cliches in the presentation of Indian fiction. The lotus flower. The hennaed hands. In mainland Europe, people still slap these images on my books and I go bananas.
Lotus's efforts around the Mac were pathetically unsuccessful, which is sad.
The seated lotus postures are an amazing way to go into meditation, or simply just to take a moment to ground oneself.
Writing is a very focused form of meditation. Just as good as sitting in a lotus position.
By means of microscopic observation and astronomical projection the lotus flower can become the foundation for an entire theory of the universe and an agent whereby we may perceive Truth.
I also have a lot of preserved foods, things that will keep for a long time like dried fish, seaweed or lotus seed.
The culmination of all of that was the decision to start a company, which became Lotus, to do a product, which became 1-2-3. By the time I reached that point it had been four years, and it felt like a lifetime, but really it was kind of evolutionary.
I got things like the lotus position long before anybody else did, or at least in the mainstream. But I had fun. I guess my legs are pretty flexible, so I used to get a kick out of doing things like that. I would get into a full lotus with my legs and then roll around.
Over the eons I've been a fan of, and sucker for, each latest automated system to 'simplify' and 'bring order to' my life. Very early on this led me to the beautiful-and-doomed Lotus Agenda for my DOS computers, and Actioneer for the early Palm.
It didn't make a lot of sense for us to be doing Lotus Notes implementations.
I saw Lotus F1 racing as the best choice for me to progress my career, after considering several other options that were available to me.
The Lotus is a couple of years newer than the Williams was, and as the pace of development in F1 cars is so quick, I expect it to be another completely different experience, but still one that I know I'm going to enjoy.
I routinely failed to understand that 'simple and straightforward' would have been a much better product strategy for Lotus.
I've never wanted to drive a car fast for the sake of it. I mean, I like nice cars. I've got the Bentley, I've had a Lotus, I've had a Rolls-Royce and a few Jaguars, including an E-type. But I'm not somebody for driving tremendously fast.
It was an easy choice to return with Lotus Renault GP as I have been impressed by the scope of the team's ambition.
I'm delighted to be coming back to Formula 1 after a two-year break, and I'm grateful to Lotus Renault GP for offering me this opportunity.
I woke up nights, worrying that Lotus was out of control - that no one would know what to do.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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