One of the …

One of the last things I did in August before resigning my position at CollabNet was to have dinner with a NY Times journalist, educating him about open source. The article has finally come out.

Pigeon Religion. Is this a joke?

Salmon River Gazette: “September 11, 2001 was a faith-based initiative.

USC Daily Trojan: In times of tragedy, the greatest evil is religion. Interesting perspective.

Oh my! No, please, no! This is wrong. Just wrong. Bling bling! Bling bling! [via Bifurcated Rivets]

Let the Market Decide: Back in May of 2000 when the U.S. DOJ recommended that Microsoft be broken up, many industry leaders dependent upon Microsoft’s success cried out “let the market decide” Microsoft’s fate. This actually might be a good idea. As much as I despise Microsoft’s business practices, I really do think they are digging themselves a giant hole with their Passport and Hailstorm services. They’ve already proven they can’t handle the kind of security such an ambitious plan requires. It’s only going to take a couple hundred really pissed off WindowsXP consumers whose credit card and personal information was stolen off Microsoft’s servers before lawyers descend upon Redmond to file class action lawsuits seeking reimbursements. Remember the Pinto and Ralph Nader’s campaign to get Ford to stop making them because they were dangerous to consumers?

While it’s true today that Microsoft has a monopoly in both the home and business computer industries, it will only take a year or two of Microsoft’s own arrogance and greed to topple themselves from that position. The informed consumer is not going to buy Microsoft products if they are aware of the spyware aspects of it, not to mention the all the hoops they have to go through with the Product Activation ‘feature’. Corporate IT departments all over the world are already saying they will never upgrade to WinXP, and are seeking cheaper and more interoperable solutions that don’t require writing large checks to Bill Gates. I agree, let the market decide.

Back in July I asked what it would be like if Microsoft required the use of a Passport to use an Xbox. Not likely to happen, you say? Just wait and see…

From 1997: Citrix vs. Microsoft Yes, really.

A letter from Epinions:

Dear camworld, thank you for your participation in Epinions Content Partner Program. On Wednesday, October 25th, Epinions announced that
as part of an effort to improve website performance, the
Content Partner Program would be discontinued in mid-November
2001 and Content Partner Eroyalties will be discontinued on
November 1st 2001.

Translated, this means: Our investment money is running short, so we’re cutting expenses, including the pennies we pay you per review. Ah well.

Acoustic Kitty. Meow, meow, bbbzt, meow, bzzzt. I guess only the CIA would dream up something like this. [via punkchick]

Posted by Cameron Barrett at November 6, 2001 10:56 PM