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Dave Jacobs on the phone. "Oh no not again," he says. He watched the Gates video, they did 802.11a detachable screen thing, and a second product, a wireless remote control, which is running Windows XP, which is kind of a mindfuck. Microsoft promises the vision we outlined in the Apple piece. The screen is also running XP. 802.11a is fast enough for video. Key point. He calls the new iMac a Cube with a haircut. "I want one," he says. "It's a beautiful design." 

Washington Post: "Believe me," she says, "the last thing I ever wanted to do was make a big deal about being a woman.. As an officer, you need to shut up and follow when an order is lawful. You need to step out when it's unlawful."  

Curry: "Blog II the Future is more than I expected. Sure it functions perfectly as a calendar, but the RSS capabilty enables you to schedule a blog post for a future date." True. 

I like sites that make me laugh. 

Dan Gillmor: "Steve Jobs and Apple Computer got most of the attention yesterday with their new-version iMac launch in San Francisco, but Microsoft's Bill Gates showed more interesting technology in his Consumer Electronics Show keynote in Las Vegas." 

John Robb: Desktop Data Silos

Apple's new iPhoto is scriptable. (Update, Brent says it might not be scriptable.) 

AP: "Embarrassed CNN executives have yanked an on-air promotion that referred to anchorwoman Paula Zahn as 'sexy' and was accompanied by the sound effect of a zipper." 

8/23/96: "I learned a long time ago, when Deborah Norville did the early morning news on NBC, there's nothing sexier than a smart female with a clever smile surrounded by old corny males who are in love with her." 

BradLands: A dry crack is a happy crack

Steven Vaughan-Nichols: Fat protocols slow Web services. To form an opinion on this you'd have to have an application in mind and then do some performance comparisons under realistic loads. My intuition says it doesn't matter much how fat XML is for protocols -- the Internet and LANs have scaled to push around lots of images and MP3s, which are huge compared to a SOAP or XML-RPC message.  

I pulled the bit about Joseph Crosby of DoubleTree because the story appeared in USA Today on the 4th. Read it and decide for yourself if he's gotten the message. Burning Bird has picked up the cause. You can call him too if you think he needs a clue. Linux.Com has the phone number, believe it or not. 

Another indicator of Apple's influence in the blogging world. I couldn't make my window wide enough to show the huge number of weblogs pointing to the iMac rollout. I've never seen any story get that kind of rating from Daypop. Microsoft doesn't even appear on the chart.  

Poor Chris Locke. His new book, Gonzo Marketing, is getting great reviews, but few if any are on the Web. 

To show how clueless I am, the Microsoft announcement at CES was last night. Kind of proves the point though. Where is the buzz? Why no pre-announce briefing? Why no email on the announcement? Seriously, what the heck is Microsoft PR doing? (Postscript: After reading the Wired article I have a theory on why MS PR didn't push it. They probably didn't understand WTF they're talking about. As usual. MS can't spin a not-confusing story about new technology. What a pulpit they have. If only they knew how to use it.) 

Script of the day: <%if system.environment.isMac {return ("the Finder")} else {return ("Windows Explorer")}%>. 

Fred Davis, David Bunnell and Michael Tchong team up on something called Consumertronics Media. "It's still hush-hush," the website says, "but check back from time to time if you're the curious type or just kick back and wait." Okay. 

Register: Xanadu project lifts open source kimono

An interesting A-B comparison. Today at CES Microsoft will make a big announcement about home computing. On stage, Bill Gates, the richest man in the world. A single division at MS is bigger than all of Apple Computer. Yet as far as I can see, there are no fan sites speculating about the temperature of Gates's drivel, or what kind of clothes he wears, or taking tours of his wife's garden. After the announcement, I think we'll see that MS's offering is more interesting, from a technology and market standpoint, perhaps even historic, but will anyone care? And of course, some think Apple has more to announce. I would like that. Go Apple. Go get Uncle Bill. 

NY Times: ", BizRate and Epinions have stayed in business by spending carefully and continuing to tweak their revenue models. Even so, analysts are mixed on the prospects of these survivors in 2002." 

A fish, a barrel, and a smoking gun 

Like cholesterol, there's good sarcasm and bad sarcasm. Suck was very bad sarcasm, and when they were good they really sucked. They went after all the moguls of the early days of the dotcom boom. No one was spared. It got ugly at times. It felt good. Until they took you apart. Then it made you zooooooom. Coooool.

"A fish, a barrel, and a smoking gun" -- whatever that means -- was chosen by the readers of Scripting News as their most-missed Gone But Not Forgotten site for 2001.

Where ever you are Suck, stay there, in peace.

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