I think this is the key reason why "The Inmates are Running the Asylum."
We programmers are much more immune to complexity than the average person. It's like when I was buying a flute at Seattle Folklife. There was this one maker who was a virtuosic player with amazing walking stick flutes. I couldn't get a sound out of any of them. The maker could, because he was an expert with a very strong embouchure, but it was just impossible for me.
I ended up buying a flute from a different maker, who wasn't such an expert player. I could make a good sound on his flute from the get-go.
Highly skilled techies are largely immune to usability problems, so buying on specs may be rational for us.
But Andreessen is just smart enough to know that "computer + foo = computer".
I found this neat heuristic in Alan Coopers "inmates running the asylum" ~ http://www.amazon.com/Inmates-Are-Running-Asylum/dp/06723164... It means digital media processed by computers are right up his (and other computer/digital natives) alley.
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