AP: States Discuss New Microsoft Suit. "The state attorneys general who pursued the antitrust case against Microsoft are privately discussing a new lawsuit, concerned that the software giant's latest products will unfairly hamper competition, two leaders say."
Sean Gallagher: Microsoft Shared Development Process is a Tough Sell. "Bill Gates said that Microsoft would still be the one to 'productize' anything that comes out of the SDP. In other words, Microsoft would consume the brainpower of its clients, and sell it back to them as software and services."
Salon: "On June 7, four hackers released a software program that threatens to do for TV shows what Napster did for music and DivX may do for movies. The code, called ExtractStream, allows users of TiVo digital video recorders to move compressed copies of television shows from their beloved TiVo boxes into their computers, and beyond."
It was hot today. 100+ degrees in the shade. Where's the natural air conditioning the Bay Area is famous for?
Chris Manken: "Yesterday I participated in a world-wide meeting about Smart Tags at my company. I was there as in the role of small-fry with info. When I had finished my explanation of Smart Tags, they were horrified."
LA Times: "So with Napster in retreat, music fans must be buying more albums in stores, right? Wrong. Retailers say their record sales are down 5% to 10% this year compared with the same period a year ago."
MacCentral: "The annual MacHack Conference opens at 12:01 AM Thursday morning June 22 in Dearborn, Michigan with a public reunion of the original Macintosh development team."
News.Com: Exodus warns will fall short of estimates. "They have some good customers, including eBay, Yahoo, Oracle and Travelocity." And UserLand.
SJ Merc: "Zander said Sun was reluctant to predict when tech demand will pick up because it will take a while to work through the hangover from the tech boom, which was driven by excess venture capital, a telecommunications buildup and corporate America's fear of being Amazoned."
Daniel Gross: "Unfortunately, the aggressive first movers may not be around to reap the ultimate profits."
I got a notice that my site has been reported to The Net Authority for various violations of their guidelines. That's quite an honor, thank you. (Follow-up, over on Flutterby they think that The Net Authority is a joke.)
Lego porn series 2.
Here's a good page to redirect to on Microsoft-Free-Fridays. Look closely.
Disenchanted: "Without discipline, a web log is a total waste of time. 'Blogs are typically confusing, directionless, and tiring to read. What they need is a role and a re-orientation."
Some people use the telephone or email ineffectively or without honesty. But this doesn't reflect on the integrity of the medium.
Sjoerd thanks me for crediting him with finding the bug in Microsoft's pitch about Smart Tags. No need to thank me Sjoerd, as you say, that's part of integrity. I saw lots of other people take credit for the screen shot you posted on your site. That's sloppy and unfair. BTW, this kind of sloppiness is one of the foundations of the weblog world. People take ideas without credit all the time.
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