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NTK Bits, 2000-05-12

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         "Flash is everything Java applets were supposed to be.
         People are putting it in cars and cell phones. I think it's
         the way to display ads in Times Square or read books in an
         e-book. It's an exciting time to be a Flash developer."
                           - PHILLIP TORRONE, excited Flash developer,1282,35927,00.html
                           ...don't get a lift home with this guy

                                >> HARD NEWS <<
                                dearth of clues

	A hushed public awaits: and, in the pages of Time magazine, Bill
	Gates puts THE CASE FOR MICROSOFT. But years of conviction play
	with a man's recollection. Every every one of Bill's arguments
	points to the company's guiltiest moments. With a split Microsoft,
	he begins, a future MS "tablet PC" with handwriting recognition
	would not exist, because Microsoft's OS and App developers need
	"real-time collaboration" to pull it off.  But MS had designs on
	a "tablet PC" before: when they wrote Pen Windows, a piece of
	FUDware designed to kill Jerry Kaplan's GO.  Back then, Microsoft
	bristled at any suggestion that their OS and App departments
	colluded. Now the party line is that it's vital for the consumer.
	In 1991, Gates goes on to explain, MS Office developers invented
	the toolbar. "Had toolbars been created elsewhere, they no doubt
	would have been patented and never incorporated into Windows [as
	the taskbar]". How very true: except toolbars *were* invented
	elsewhere. In MacPaint. In 1984. At that point, Gates entered into
	a secret agreement with Apple to use Mac-ish features in the Windows
	OS, in return for developing apps for the Mac (no monopoly here:
	yet). Moving to modern day concerns: Bill says that the DOJ scheme
	would slow down innovation, impeding "Windows updates that could
	protect against attacks like the Love Bug virus". As opposed to
	now, when Microsoft denies liability for the jelly-weak security
	of Outlook? Gates end with his own horrific vision, post-Microsplit:
	Apps and OS mini-Bills that could never work together, because the
	DOJ demands that "no technical information can be discussed that
	is not 'simultaneously available' to the entire computer industry
	- which would be a practical impossibility". An impossibility, of
	course, which open source projects - and hell, most of the rest of
	the industry - manage every day.  Except, that is, when Microsoft
	sues for publishing MS's proprietary extensions to their work. And
	this is the case *for*?,3266,44557-2,00.html
             - well, that is where my theory just falls to the ground
               - cute pictures of old Mac apps to take bad taste away
                                          - this isn't helping, is it
                                - the smoking gun! (see centre right)

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