Dave Winer rants about WindowsNT. …

Dave Winer rants about WindowsNT.

So this guy decides to build a site for a ficticious company selling a non-existant and intangible product. The whole concept is formed around a passage in the Bible about the “mark of the beast.” The response is simply amazing. I mean, how gullible are people really? Apparenty, more ignorant and clueless than you can imagine.

Allow me to straighten a few of you out. I do not link to weblogs simply because you call your site a weblog. Repeatedly submitting your URL to CamWorld will only make me ignore you even more. And if you do submit your URL, and I visit your site, it’d be a good idea to put an email address on your page somewhere so that I may contact you to tell you exactly why I’m ignoring you. This way I don’t have to embarass you by posting your mistakes to CamWorld. A 1000-pixel wide graphic? The blink tag? No dates? Sigh…

How pathetic is this? I’m guessing Microsoft pays its employees to order Bill’s book. You know that the cost of publishing Bill’s books is mostly underwritten by Microsoft, don’t you?

Stan Taylor writes: The scary thing is NOT that Bill’s book tops the list, but
that most of the titles on the list are about understanding
and deploying Microsoft technologies (i.e., MTS, IIS, etc.).
They’re THEIR technologies! If the Microsofties have to
buy the books in order to use them, where does that leave
the rest of us.

By the way, I think that what Amazon is doing with Purchase Circles is very important, but feel they are going about it the wrong way. This type of data filtering will play an increasingly important role in e-commerce, but am of strong opinion that it should not be completely open (as Amazon has done). The e-commerce site should make the data available, but in a way that doesn’t infringe privacy rights and reveal corporate secrets/trends. For instance, it’d be easy for Amazon to limit this functionality to registered users only, and provide a web interface for the user to pick and choose how the data is filtered, perhaps customized to the user’s existing profile, likes, and dislikes.



Everything you ever wanted to know about Asia (the band).

Broadband and the Future of the Internet.

While in the Bay Area I attended a NBMA meeting where Dan Lyke, champion of interactive storytelling, was the featured speaker along with some other folks. The roundtable discussion discussed at length the concept of non-linear storytelling. Several people mentioned the pick-a-path adventure books we all read as kids. Taking this idea further, what about multi-path movies? If you’re interested in this stuff, check out Dan’s fast-growing idrama mailing list.

thesync.com produces television for the Internet, shows like “Geeks in Space” and “JenniShow.”

RickOnTV.com says farewell to the greatest show to ever come out of Minnesota, MST3K. He also hints about an episode that was never aired due to some legalities and copyrights.

Posted by Cameron Barrett at August 25, 1999 12:17 PM