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Paul Snively makes C++ code look pretty in Manila. 

MacFixit cooperates with Apple. Now Apple's going to have to ask Slashdot to cooperate too. 

Congratulations to Joel Spolsky and Fog Creek Software on shipping CityDesk. Much luck and mazel tov. 

News.Com: "A Dutch court on Thursday ordered file-swapping software maker Kazaa to prevent people using its product from engaging in copyright infringement or face thousands of dollars in fines." 

On the verge of disappearing: Excite@Home. Lots of users wondering how they're going to connect. Even businesses are scrambling. Another company that's in deep ca-ca is Enron, which is slightly far afield of our usual area of courage, at first glance, but they were as much a product of the dotcom disaster as Excite@Home. 

Brent Simmons: "Iím a big fan of usability guru Jakob Nielsenóbut I donít go to his site very often because I find it hard to use." 

John Robb: K-Logs and Personal Branding

Kevin Werbach: "The rise of WiFi shows the power of open spectrum." 

NY Times: "Data to be released next week is expected to show that the number of people exchanging music simultaneously on the most popular free service, a network called Fast Track, which is based in Amsterdam, now exceeds the use of Napster at its peak." 

Wired: "Diane Sawyer, host of ABC's Good Morning America, announced that her show will soon reveal the secret invention -- rumored to be a super-efficient personal scooter -- that tech heavies like Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos said could possibly change the world." 

One year ago today: "What if VCs were mensches?" 

Good morning sports fans. What a morning. Power outage last night. My desktop computer doesn't like it when it's shut down by power going off. Outlook Express refuses to read my inbox. The usual cure, restarting the computer until it works didn't work after 12 restarts. Is this any way to run an Internet? Meanwhile Microsoft promises everything will get better when they rewrite all the software and stuff me in a locked trunk. Why don't I believe that?  

MS must wonder why they get the blame for the Internet not working. Stop and think about that next time you wipe out the competition. That's the downside of competing so viciously. When no one is left standing you get the blame. Better to invest in competitive markets. Then you can always point the finger at the other guy. 

Anyway, I'm very glad to be back online. The power went out during Law & Order. Just when the juicy black actress admitted to killing the guy who copped an unwelcome feel. She says "Does that mean I'm going to jail?" Boom, out goes the power. Not even a flicker.  

One more TV comment. During a commercial (which I still let play sometimes even though I have a TiVO) in the kitchen I hear some lovely music from the TV in the other room. "What is that?" I think to myself and listen for a product name. No name. Go back and rewind, and listen again. Arrrgh. It's the music for Windows XP. You gotta give Microsoft this much, whoever does their ads really knows how to pick the tunes. 

Microsoft spokesperson: "Madonna, Ray of Light." 

     

Last update: Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 7:45 PM Eastern.

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