The Project to Promote …

The Project to Promote Competition and Innovation in the Digital Age is a coalition of companies and trade groups dedicated to “protect competition and consumer choice in the electronic marketplace”. In other words, they are against everything Microsoft is working towards. Check out their white paper called Microsoft’s Expanding Monopolies: Casting A Wider .Net (PDF).

“The clear and present danger is that Microsoft’s strategy of bolting its
Internet-related services to its Windows, Office and browser
monopolies will lead to a monopoly in Internet services. Microsoft will
then be in the position of supplanting the Internet as we know it today
with an Internet proprietary to Microsoft.”

This quote by Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft:

“These guys can be taken. But the only way we’re going to take them is by studying them. Know what they know. Do what they do. Watch them, watch them, watch them. Look for every angle. Stay on their shoulders. Clone them. Take every one of their good ideas and make it one of our good ideas.”

Now, read this quote from Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game:

“I am your enemy, the first one you’ve ever had who was smarter than you. There is no teacher but the enemy. No one but the enemy will ever tell you what the enemy is going to do. No one but the enemy will ever teach you how to destroy and conquer. Only the enemy shows you where you are weak. Only the enemy tells you where he is strong. And the rules of the game are what you can do to him and what you can stop him from doing to you. I am your enemy from now on. From now on, I am your teacher.”

Why Unicode Won’t Work on the Internet: Linguistic, Political, and Technical Limitations

Some typical response from Microsoft in this NY Times article about the recent DoS attacks and the vulnerability of Windows-based computers. I think it’s hilarious that this article uses the word “zombies” but doesn’t explain what they are. Can you imagine the sheep on the subway reading this article?

Ha ha! I forgot about this very funny picture I took three years ago.

Posted by Cameron Barrett at June 5, 2001 04:04 PM

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