(2007-01-20) Yegge Great Software Systems
Apr29'2008 update: semi-related see Ted Nelson name full Platform-s when, as asked, for software examples with the potential to enlarge the mind and liberate people, specifically TinderBox, Pro Graph, Real Basic, EMacs, Adobe Flash.
Dec'2008: semi-related: Joe Gregorio asks What part of the computer in front of you is Fractal? The answer is none of it, yet in nature, which has been at this game of computation for billions of years, everything is fractal. We're doing it all wrong. Sean McGrath thinks that documents are Fractal. Headings and sub-headings to any depth with anything you like in between the headings, in any order. Self similar. Arbitrarily deep and fiendishly difficult to process automatically. That is the real world. A messy world of "unstructured" stuff that we call "content" lest we sully the word "data".
Apr'2014: Paul Ford identifies 5 "Great Works": MsOffice, Photo Shop, Pac Man, UNIX, EMacs, realizing that Each ultimately provided a way for large groups of people to talk about and think about very difficult problems... typically thought to be in the domain of philosophy, literature, or art, rather than programming. This software doesn’t just let people do things; it gives them a way to talk about and share what they did. (Sense Making, CollaborationWare)