MacHack 2001: Steve Wozniak Fireside Chat
Bill Gates: “I don’t know that anyone has ever asked for the source code for Word. If they did, we would give it to them.” Very strange quote. I’m guessing that Bill is going to have to eat these words. Microsoft isn’t about to just hand over the source code for Word just because someone asks for it. If Microsoft were smart, they’d open up the .DOC format so that non-Microsoft applications can read/write it. Update: Luke pointed me towards this document at MSDN about the .DOC format.
Chris Kaminski has written up a great article covering the recent discussions and controversy over Microsoft’s Smart Tags. A good read.
Here’s a good article at iPlanet about Microsoft’s balkanization of LDAP and why what they’re calling LDAP-compliancy really isn’t.
For some interesting perspective, check out this old essay about the debate of building web pages for the Netscape 2.0 browser and its proprietary technologies.
09/09/99: “What happens when AOL suddenly decides its own network is so big it doesn’t need the rest of the world? Or Microsoft modifies Internet Explorer to not allow you to go to competitor’s websites?” Wow, this article predicted Microsoft Smart Tags and the subversive nature of Microsoft’s .Net initiative. In related new, AOL’s membership is now more than 30 million.
Howard’s Crispy Fried Chicken Skins (in a bag). My heart stopped just thinking about eating these things. [via Strange Brew]
Posted by Cameron Barrett at June 25, 2001 03:48 PM