InfoWorld: Microsoft Opens Up. "We're saying that the Internet, and the way people build things on the Web, is what's going to win," said John Shewchuk, an architect for Microsoft's developers group. I totally agree, of course.
New.Com: A Wireless Compaq Laptop.
Britannica.Com: "The tremendous response to Britannica.com has created a tidal wave of activity on our site, and we are working hard to make the site available as quickly as possible."
Ken Metlsner: Patents are the 18th century equivalent of open source.
Richard Brandt: Sun's War of Trenches.
Thanks to Mark Kennedy for the pointer to the W3C FAQ. It could be infuriating if you need help from a human being, but I don't so it's really interesting how they're doing it. Check it out.
Jeff Bezos: "We spent thousands of hours to develop our 1-Click process, and the reason we have a patent system in this country is to encourage people to take these kinds of risks and make these kinds of investments for customers." Double-talk. If Bezos was pro-customer, he'd avoid using lawsuits to lock customers into using his servers to buy books.
Fortune: Amazon vs Everybody. "In Bezos' vision, Amazon.com will be the center of the e-commerce universe. Books, pet food, tennis shoes, banjos--whatever e-shoppers want, they can buy it, or locate it, on Amazon.com."
Wired: Amazon, B&N, Mutual Hissy Fit.
York University is doing a major Frontier project, I've seen it, and it's huuuuge. Not surprisingly, they're looking for more Frontier developers.
Simon Garland runs a Frontier-managed website just down the road from Davos.
Mark Kennedy is playing hide and seek with the W3C.
Dan Gillmor: "Y2K -- wow, there's a surprise! I mean, who could have seen it coming?"
Here's a page that tells you in gory detail how little time is left is before our reality shifts.
A man piloting a hot air balloon discovers he has wandered off course and is hopelessly lost. He descends to a lower altitude and locates a man down on the ground. He lowers the balloon further and shouts "Excuse me, can you tell me where I am?"
I have been invited to keynote Seybold/Boston in early February 2000. This is quite an honor. I plan to talk about our Edit this Page vision for website writing, and our work with O'Reilly and Microsoft.
And there are firmed-up plans for me to go to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the week before Seybold. This is the conference that Michael Dell, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Rupert Murdoch and John Markoff go to. What's going on? All of a sudden I'm "in".
And finally there's WWW9 in Amsterdam in May, where I am co-chair of the Distributed Computing track. This should be a great meeting for the melding of different protocols into a web of applications that cross OS, scripting and economic boundaries. Script writers rule the world! (An old slogan, but still a good one.) No more Uber-OSes. (Another good slogan, still working it.)
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