[joho] JOHO January 14, 2002

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| CONTENTS                                         |
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| POSSUM SITES: Sites whose existence proves       |
| there's hope yet.                                |
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| SUCKS: We know how to help one another, if the   |
| lawyers -- and fear -- would just get out of     |
| the way.                                         |
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| HOW TO TELL A GOOD IDEA: There are lots of ways  |
| a good idea can be good without being successful |
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| ANALS OF MARKETING: Dumbness from my marketing   |
| colleagues                                       |
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| once we're not whining                           |
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| PHOTOPLAY.: Dept. of Go To Hell and Rowling Weds |
| Scarily                                          |
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| TWO END OF YEAR THOUGHTS: A Christmas for        |
| Everyone and the Sentimental Existentialist      |
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| LINKS: Your idea of a good time                  |
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| EMAIL: Your usual fabulous email                 |
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| BOGUS CONTEST: What not to say to a VC           |

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| SMALL PIECES: THE DRUMBEAT                       |
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| This has been a fun week for Small Pieces        |
| Loosely Joined: A Unified Theory of the Web (my  |
| upcoming book) because the blurbs were due in.   |
| Since, unlike reviews, blurbs are always         |
| positive, I got to live for a few days as if     |
| the book isn't going to destroy my career,       |
| reputation and ability to reproduce. I am        |
| forcing myself to overcome my carefully          |
| cultivated false modesty. Here is the blurb      |
| that's going on the cover:                       |
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| "In the tradition of Marshall McLuhan, David     |
| Weinberger has offered a startlingly fresh look  |
| at a new medium. At its heart, Small Pieces is   |
| an elegant and ultimately hopeful inquiry into   |
| the human condition itself. Once you read this   |
| book, you'll see the web - and yourself - in a   |
| whole new light."                                |
|                                                  |
| Daniel H. Pink, author of Free Agent Nation      |
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| It's amazing what you can accomplish through     |
| the judicious application of vodka and hookers.  |
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| Meanwhile, the book is available for pre-orders  |
| at Amazon where it currently resides at          |
| position #1,956,111, thus edging out such        |
| titles as Bryostephane Steereana: A Collection   |
| of Bryological Papers Presented to William       |
| Campbell Steere on the Occasion of His 80th      |
| Birthday (#2,101,446) and Lourdes                |
| Gomex-Franca's El Nino de Guano (#2,107,076),    |
| but outranked by the popular Burley Packwood's   |
| Bird Turd Peppers and Other Delights. Yeah,      |
| well, if I wanted to sell out like that whore    |
| Packwood, my book could be #1,467,919, too.      |

version for breaking news about Dubya's fainting


A few years ago, I saw a possum creeping along the
sidewalk in the Boston semi-suburb where I live. I
was thrilled beyond reason -- although it's since
occurred to me that it may really have been a large
mother rat having nursing difficulties -- not
because I'm crazy about possums but because it means
it's survived us. The wild has managed to find some
unpaved cracks. I feel the same way about Google.

There are some sites that I love beyond reason
because they have survived the commercial invasion
of the Internet. They have maintained the spirit
that transformed the Net from a fail-safe
information interchange highway into the world of
excess and generosity that makes it so appealing.

   Google The Good is perhaps the most obvious of
   them all. Beyond its awesome technology --
   searching three billion pages in under a second
   strips the scales at which human understanding
   works -- it over and over again reminds us why
   the Web is so cool. From the wry humor that
   imbues their voice to the constant innovation to
   the straightforward way they handle ads, Google
   is just damn cool.

   While a thousand variations on enabling
   conversations occurred around it, UseNet has
   continued to meet the basic Net need to talk in a
   semi-persistent space. Thank goodness Google --
   yes, them again -- picked up DejaNews' database
   so that the persistence of UseNet has gone from
   days to decades.

   Every time I have a technical question, my faith
   in the Net is renewed. For example, at hundreds
   -- or is it thousands? -- of sites for
   programmers, there are code samples and
   discussion boards. Problems that ten years ago
   would have taken me weeks to solve I can now
   resolve in minutes by reading what someone much
   smarter than me has taken his or her time to

   Arts & Letters Daily (www.aldaily.com) pulls
   together mainstream and obscure sources in a no-
   frills way. Aggregation without aggravation.

You undoubtedly have your own favorite sites of this
sort. My point is not to tell you what's on my
favorites list, fascinating though that would be.
Rather, these are sites and services that, for me,
go beyond useful. They stand for something more:
like a possum on a suburban sidewalk, they tell us
that despite our culture's best efforts, some of the
original spirit will always survive.


I called RCN a year ago shortly after they installed
my brand new cable modem account. "Look," I said to
the customer service rep, "I know your support stops
where your wire stops, but I just spent 5 hours
trying to get my Linksys-based home network running
again and I'm wondering if you can tell me if it can
be done."

"Sure," said the rep, cheerily. "I have one at

"Great! Is there some trick to getting it to work?"

"Um, yes, but I can't talk with you about it."

"But there's some one thing I have to do?"


"Can't you just blurt it out?"

"These calls may be monitored."

"Ok, I understand that, and, for the record, you've
been great and have followed the guidelines. Is
there a Web page that talks about how to do it?"

"Not that I know of."

"Can you email me the trick?"

"I'm sorry, but I'm not allowed to help you with

Obviously, this rep was going out on a limb just by
saying that RCN cable can be home-networked via
Linksys. It was RCN's fault that the call went
wrong. Their message that "This call may be
monitored for quality assurance purposes" should say
"We may listen in to make sure our reps aren't using
their own judgment. Remember, here at RCN Customer
Support, Job #1 is protecting ourselves."

The problem isn't just that companies are afraid of
the legal implications of going beyond the smallest
range of responses. It's that the legal system has
scared the gray out of the system. Had the rep said,
"Look, we don't officially support home networking
and there's nothing in the RCN playbook about this,
but I have one at home, and here's something you
might try..." I would have understood -- from the
words and their context -- that this isn't an
official RCN tip. Our language accommodates
conditionals and qualifiers. Our legal system

Even better, I wish RCN had set up a customer-to-
customer support board. I'd be happy to share the
solution I eventually stumbled across through
brownian motion: turn off PPPoE. And I bet the
support guy would have already logged on from home
with step-by-step instructions on how to get a home
network going.

[PS: As of last week, RCN Support answers questions
about home networking with the Linksys box.]


"Innovation" is one of those perpetually sunny
words. You can't go wrong with innovation. An
innovative company is a good one. The phrase "He's
too innovative" has never been uttered. Even
companies that are highly successful at what they do
carry with them the impression of being boring if
they are perceived as not being innovative.

But, of course, innovation -- the generating of new
ideas -- is only so universally applauded because
the term itself glosses over the fact that the vast
majority of new ideas are bad. In fact, ideas form a
predictable curve [as illustrated in the online

Given that the way to have a good idea is to have
lots of bad ones (as someone said, and as was
reported by Tom Kelley of IDEO, author of The Art of
Innovation at a conference I was at recently), the
question is what's the difference between a good
idea and a bad one. Kelley gives one type of answer:
a good idea is one that customers embrace. So,
parade your ideas in front of them and see which
ones they actually like.

But there's another type of answer. We can ask what=20
ideas are good *at*. Some ideas are good, even=20
though customers would hate them, because they lead=20
to other ideas. Some ideas are good because they=20
break a logjam of thought and enable a roomful of=20
people to strike out in other directions. Some ideas=20
are good because they are superb elaborations of a=20
bad idea, and in thinking through how the idea went=20
wrong, we identify an assumption that was stumping=20
us. And some ideas are good because they're so=20
obviously bad that they save you the bother of=20
wandering down a dead end.

When a company claims to value innovation, the=20
telling question is what they count as a good idea.=20
If the single criterion is that the idea is embraced=20
by customers, then the company doesn't really value=20
innovation; it really only values success.=20


Ah, just in time to close out the old year I get
this brilliant bit of marketing from FHM, one of the
burgeoning NNN ("Naked, No Nipples") men's

   You've been chosen as one of the select few to
   receive this exclusive invitation...

   Why you? Because we've gotta pretty good hunch
   you're just the kind of man we're looking for.

   Someone who loves beautiful women. Loves great
   clothes. Loves new gadgets. And loves getting the
   most out of life.

   Why not come right out and say it: "Our research
   shows that you're a serious masturbator."

Sorry, pal, but if I want dirty pictures, I know a
newsgroup or two that'll pitch in for free.

From http://dpsftp.sourceforge.net/about.html:
      DPS-FTP is a multi-threaded FTP client for GNOME.
      It was originally called Kevlar FTP, since its
      interface was inspired by Bulletproof FTP, and
      Kevlar is bullet-proof. But DuPont actually sent
      me a notice telling me that I can't use their
      trademarked product names in my product name. They
      were generous enough to allow me to say that my
      product contains Kevlar, however. After explaining
      to them that, being software, my "product" does
      not contain Kevlar, and that I'm not making any
      money from the "product", they still would not let
      me use it. So, I renamed the program to DuPont
      Sucks FTP, or DPS-FTP.

[Thanks to T. Byfield for pointing this out on a
mailing list.]



Doc Searls writes:

   Dave points out how a Google search for
   "intelligent Weblogs" goes to an "interesting
   place." So I thought I'd search for "smart
   weblogs" and hit the "I'm feeling lucky"
   button. At first I though there was some kind
   of problem, but it turns out I really am lucky.
   Incredibly lucky, in fact. And I mean that

Dave then blogs Doc's blog:

        Doc discovered how insightful Google can be.

I then go to Google and try Doc's search string --
"smart weblogs" -- to see what the fuss is about and
hit the "I'm feeling lucky button." Where does it
take me? Back to Doc's blog entry where he talks
about how amusing it is if you enter "smart weblogs"
at Google and hit the "I'm feeling lucky button."


John Loverso has found an undocumented command that
lets us ego-search UseNet while excluding our own

   loverso -author:loverso

Another correspondent on the mailing list where John
produced this info, Anton Sherwood, refined it so
that you don't exclude messages from other people
named "Loverso":

   loverso -author:jloverso@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Note to the Dumb: This works with names other than

PHOT0PLAY [Deferred Version]


Go to the online version to see a screen capture of
an XP help screen that is no help at all.


Go to the online version to see some startling tell-
all photos of J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry
Potter series, and her new husband.



Christmas is too cool a holiday to confine it to
Christians. We ought to reformulate it as a secular
two-day holiday, Dec. 24-25. On the 24th, we'd all
decorate our homes with lights, reflect on peace,
get together with the family, exchange presents,
drink eggnog, kiss strangers under mistletoe, etc.,
simply because those are fun things to do near the
Solstice. It'd have nothing to do with Jesus,
mangers or myrhhhhh. Then, on the 25th, the
Christians could celebrate Christ's birth by going
to church, praying, and engaging in activities more
spiritual than whining about misfired gifts before
heading out to an afternoon movie. The rest of us
would have a second day off.

So, my new bumpersticker is: "Let's get the Christ
out of Christmas." In fact, let's call the new two
day federal holiday "Mas." Got the Spanish
connection and everything.


Being your completely predictable liberal, humanist
type of person, my initial reaction to the article
in the Boston Globe listing the notables who died
in 2001 was: How terrible to have your life reduced
to a single phrase! For example:

   * "Robert Rimmer raised eyebrows with 'The Harrad
    Experiment,' a novel about contemporary sexual
   * "Christopher Hewett played 'Mr. Belvedere.'"
   * ..."actor-puppeteer Lewis Arquette..."

What rich lives are thus reduced to a short string
of words. How sad! How wise and compassionate a
person I must be to be bothered by this! Yada yada
existential yada.

Of course, what's really bothering me is that I
haven't done enough with my life to be able to
reduce it to a four-word phrase. Yes, I'm suffering
from a classic case of Obituary Envy.


The folks behind Media Grok have reemerged with
Media Unspun. This is from their FAQ:

   What is Media Unspun?
   It's a new newsletter published by the team
   that produced Media Grok for the Industry
   Standard. Now, as then, our goal is to keep our
   readers up to date on the most important
   business news, show how different news outlets
   interpret the same information in different
   ways, and, if we're lucky, entertain you.

The first two articles in this weekly send are about
the Democratic probe of Enron and the media's sudden
enthusiasm for Nasdaq. In March, it will become a
for-pay publication. I'll be subscribing.

Welcome back! You've been missed!

Tom Matrullo has a superb piece on journalism and


Tom is replying to a thread begun by the Weblog
King of Questions, Mike Sanders.:



RageBoy, in an email, points to an entertaining book
review by Jim Holt in the NY Times. The book,
Wittgenstein's Poker: The Story of a 10-Minute
Argument Between Two Great Philosophers by David
Edmonds and John Eidinow, provides the context for a
famous encounter between Wittgenstein and Karl
Popper in 1946. The book sounds excellent, the
review is very well done, and -- as Chris points out
-- be sure not to miss the snarky last line.


Jack Vinson writes:

   So, I was listening to our local college radio,
   where they talk too much and play good music. The
   particular duo I enjoy are Michael Stephen and
   Producer Nick. Michael has his own cheesy
   website, and they were joking that Producer Nick
   doesn't have his own site. As it turns out, there
   is a producernick.com. He is apparently a Berklee
   music student who really likes Britney Spears.
   Check out his "hit song": "I Want to Be Britney
   Spears' Boyfriend."


I found it quite amusing for the first 1.5 minutes
and then it degenerates into a repetitive techno-
groove (or whatever the kids today would call it).
But I do enjoy people declaring their songs hits
regardless of how many people have heard them. (Um,
JOHO also is now a huge hit. Huge! Big pat on my own

Chris Pirillo's Lockergnome (www.lockergnome.com)
recommends a compelling download: Anti Mosquitoes
v1.10b, a 261K app that causes your sound card to
emit a sound mosquitoes find repellent.[Insert your
own joke here about whatever musical group you don't
like.] Chris hasn't tried it and neither have I; as
Chris says, this is "for those of you who've already
downloaded everything."


By the way, Chris's blog is as spunky as he is.
Gretchen Pirillo's blog is also worth reading; she
and Chris are wife and husband.



From Ted Anderson, perhaps in response to our
article on Andrew Clark's book Being There: Putting
Mind, Brain and World Together:

   Yesterday I found "Creation: Life and how to Make
   it"[0] by Steve Grand[1] at the library and
   started reading it. Steve is apparently the
   creator of a popular (at least in some circles?)
   game for growing critters, A-Life style[2]. I know
   nothing about the game, but this book is about
   some philosophical thoughts he had along the way.
   Seems pretty good so far, but I'm only 50 pages or
   so into it. He is pretty definite that
   intelligence does not not come from knowledge

[1] http://www.cyberlife-research.com/people/steve/
[2] http://www.creaturelabs.com/

Gary Stock writes, pointing us to an article called
"50 things we'll be glad to see the back of in

   Half of these I just don't get.

   Half of the remainder are not funny.

   Half of the remainder are sort of funny.

   Half of the remainder are really funny.

   The remaining half-dozen are very, very funny.


Gary, who really should start his own weblog, also
refers us to the first review at Amazon of the
children's classic, The Story of Ping:

   "...As good as it is, The Story About Ping is not
   without its faults. There is no index, and though
   the ping(8) man pages cover the command line
   options well enough, some review of them seems to
   be in order. Likewise, in a book solely about
   Ping, I would have expected a more detailed
   overview of the ICMP packet structure..."

Gary points out that the review is not only helpful,
it's durn popular: "4412 of 4511 people found the
following review helpful..."



A former West Pointer who wants to remain anonymous
writes our article praising the Point's
collaborative feel:

   Although I wasn't IN the Army, I was an Army brat
   for 21 years, and can support your findings on
   the team orientation. 'Lone wolves' (Patton &
   Macarthur being exceptions) are generally not
   rewarded. Smart leaders make decisions based on
   team input -- I think we're seeing some reports
   of that on SF operations in Afghanistan, where
   rank isn't as important as

Someone who signs himself Tom Sawyer writes:

   I read with interest your article re: West Point
   as I am an 1986 graduate and my wife is a 1988
   graduate.=A0I am occasionally disappointed with the
   reputation that West Point and the military gets
   because I sense that that reputation is more a
   result of Hollywood anachronism or lack of
   knowledge/exposure.=A0 When I was at West Point, I
   was amazed by the amount of respect that I got
   from those that outranked me and that experience
   continued in the active duty military. Rank
   definitely comes with perks but it also comes
   with responsibility, and that fact was never lost
   on me.=A0 For example, as an active duty infantry
   lieutenant, I always ate last when we were out in
   the field.=A0 That way if we ran out of food, I
   knew that my soldiers were well fed.=A0 As a
   leader, I was taught that the soldiers welfare
   always came first. While you make a good point in
   your message board about now extrapolating your
   West Point experience onto the entire Army, much
   of what happens at USMA carries through to the
   rest of the Army.

I'm assuming that Tom Sawyer is a pseudonym,
although of course I could be wrong. After all, I
met someone named Bonnie Lass last week. That's her
real name. I'm less certain about a mailing I just
received from the head of a site for West Point
alumnae, cadets and their families. His name is Dick


John Carrow isn't afraid to use his real name
however, and he's CIO of Unisys:

   ...As a 1966 grad of West Point, I can tell you
   that despite the issues of Viet Nam that divided
   the pacifists from the patriots in uniform, the
   style of cooperation and sharing of ideas to
   create a better outcome is fundamental to the
   West Point and military life.=A0 I do think that
   rank and position has been established for
   control, but ideas and collaboration are rank

Tom Armour (now there's a name for a West Pointer!)
didn't much care for the Clinton speech I

   So, you thought Clinton gave a hell of a speech the
   other day, eh? I read it...most of it anyway...and I
   think it was shallow and tedious.
   This isn't:=20

The article Tom points to -- "Finding the Koran's
Truth" by Kevin Hasson -- swings at relativists:
"The truth about man is that man is born to seek
freely the truth about God. It is this truth -- and
not some metaphysic of doubt -- that bestows on us
the dignity that guarantees our freedom."

But this glides over the hard part: Either Jesus is
the Messiah or he isn't. Either the way to God is
through Jesus alone or it isn't. Either
non-Christians roast in hell or we don't. One can
say "The truth about man is that man is born to
seek freely the truth about God" as loudly as one
wants. And I won't argue with it. But when the
modernist chest-beating is done and we're feeling
all dignified and everything, we then face the
question: So, what is this truth I've heard so much
about? When two religions freely embrace
*different* truths about God, what do we do? Do we
say that one group is wrong and thus follows a
lesser religion, one that keeps its people from
seeing the light that leads to goodness and eternal
life, and maybe a jihad or a crusade would really
be in the best interest of the heathens who don't
even know they need to freely embrace the true

This is obviously a hugely hard problem. But the
Post article buries the problem by going up a level
where religions can seem to agree on a meta-truth:
"Well, at least we all agree that humans are on a
spiritual quest." Ok, but that isn't sufficient to
enable us to share the planet if religions are
universalist, that is, if they claim to know truths
that hold for all humans... and if you disagree,
then you're wrong, unenlightened, heathen, and

I am now officially over my head, but let me point
to what I understand to be the Jew's way out of this
dilemma. (I am not religious. My wife is orthodox.)
First, rather than talking about relativism, which
in most formulations works out to conflating truth
with belief, Jews talk about revelation as an
historical event granted to particular people at
particular times: God revealed Himself one way to
the Jews at Sinai and in another way to the
Christians through the life of Jesus. (Yeah, I know
there were no Christians at the time.) Second, we
treat revelation as a process: revealed texts cannot
be understood without disputatious human

This allows each religion its own views without
reducing any to mere belief (for the views are based
on divine revelation). Of course, since it is
monotheistic, it doesn't permit there to be
contradictory revelations: If a religion comes along
with commandments that say that it's good to rip the
hearts out of the innocent, I suppose Jews would
have to claim that it's based on a spurious
revelation. But the optimistic claim is that the
world's true religions are compatible ... if they
would drop their universalist claims.

[Ten points extra if you can spot where I beg the=20
question in that final paragraph.]

Amos doesn't like the following bit from a previous

   ...First, hyperlinked teams form among like-
   minded people -- for better or worse. Thus, the
   strong beliefs of individuals are likely to be
   shared. Second, groups form among people who
   already like and trust one another -- for better
   or worse. Thus, disagreements don't have to
   escalate to the "my way or the highway point.

Amos responds

   How damned boring and uncreative that the
   resolution to the contradiction is getting folks
   together who already think alike. Why get them
   together -- they already know the answer! And
   this doesn't help at all the REAL issue of
   working on teams where you've got to deal with
   people you don't like and don't agree with and
   don't respect, and this is not just a matter of
   knee-jerk slamming of hierarchical top-down
   imposition that doesn't get It. (God, whatever It

   Touting these hyperlinked organizations they way
   you have only promotes isolation and does nothing
   to address this fear of others. In fact, it
   reinforces behavior that engenders the fear.

I take issue with the "only" in Amos' last sentence.
My use of the phrase "for better or worse" was
intended to recognize that there are drawbacks to
letting teams self-organize. That's something teams
need to deal with it. (I.e., Amos is right.)

Peter Merholz, writer of the damn fine peterme blog
(http://peterme.com/), points us to a better-than-
mine discussion of the question of teams vs.
individuals, and then throws in a few more excellent

   So, a couple of your pieces lead me to send you
   some links of which you're likely already aware,
   but p'raps are not...

   TEAMS VS. INDIVIDUALS I don't know if you read
   Phil Agre's Red Rock Eater, but he's been talking
   up a talk given at the last P2P conference by
   Nelson Minar:
   that begins to move away from the ideological
   extremism of centralization-
   bad/decentralization- good.

   I don't know if you're familiar with a fellow NPR
   contributor, Geoffrey Nunberg, who does short
   snippets for Fresh Air on the current state of

   He's recently done a piece on blogging:
   (sadly, not giving me credit for coining the
   term... sigh) and has done a piece on the word
   "like," that your "so," piece reminded me of

Craig Allen comments our piece on the use of So as
a way to start an oral discourse:

   ...always though the 'so' verbal tic was a NYC
   Jewish cultural artifact that I picked up back in
   the 70s when I lived in Park Slope.

I think that must have been the translation of "Nu."

An anonymous commenter weighs in on our article
about the Web being horizonal, whatever the hell
that means:

   ya know, i completely agree with them horizontal
   stuff, but feel strongly that it should be "a

Are you sure you want to raise this issue? This is
exactly how the Crimean War started.

But Anonymous is beaten by a guy from New Zealand
who wins the Nitpick of the Month award:

   Just a note about the Strongest possible terms
   online article - the 100 families ""in New
   Zealand"" are actually in South Africa -

Ah, are you sure you're not from New OverZealand?


I was on the road, making the rounds of local
venture capitalists, helping to get a start-up
funded by saying all the right things ... you know,
the things VC's love to hear:

| "There's no marketing slide in this PowerPoint   |
| presentation because the product is viral. It    |
| sells itself."                                   |
|                                                  |
| "This'll be the new new thing."                  |
|                                                  |
| "The product will be really simple for mom and   |
| pop to understand. It just requires a paradigm   |
| shift."                                          |
|                                                  |
| "As this 2x2 shows, we have no competition."     |
|                                                  |
| "The death of dot coms has been greatly          |
| exaggerated."                                    |
|                                                  |
| "It's a billion-dollar market. All we have to    |
| do is get 1% of the market."                     |
|                                                  |
| "People are just waiting the chance to switch    |
| office application suites. Word, PowerPoint,     |
| Outlook, Excel ... they're so yesterday."        |
|                                                  |
| "Then the network effect kicks in!"              |
|                                                  |
| "Good point, with a free product there's no      |
| revenue. But if you amass the names of millions  |
| of visitors and track their behavior on your     |
| site, that's gotta be worth millions to          |
| marketers!"                                      |
|                                                  |
| "Microsoft's never been good at this type of     |
| software."                                       |
|                                                  |
| "Our success in the market will be our defense   |
| against Microsoft."                              |
|                                                  |
| "Microsoft is too focused elsewhere to notice    |
| this market ... and by the time we penetrate     |
| it, it'll be too late."                          |
|                                                  |
| "Could you please hold your comments? The slide  |
| isn't done animating."                           |

Your own contributions would be appreciated.


Israel Orange responds to our request for
embarrassingly pointless corporate Flash greeting

   While hunting down some drivers for a friend's
   flaky hardware wandered onto NEC's website a few
   days ago, and the flash animation they threw at
   me struck me as "tedious, pretentious, empty and
   boring" as you say. Also completely unbearable
   and totally hideous and all kinds of other
   negative appellations. My god. They truly and
   really oughtta shoot the suit that thought this
   was a good idea. I volunteer. Meantime, check it

Wow, that's some bad corporate shite! It looks like
it was assembled out of clip art using the My First
Flash kit.

And speaking of hastily assembled shite, it looks
like it's time to close another issue. But remember,
the issue continues, with new postings every day, at
my web log: http://www.hyperorg.com/blogger. As they
might say on a cutey-pootey corporate Flash holiday
card: Dew Drop Inn ... to hear the Dude Rappin'?
[Please say this aloud until you discover how durn
clever it is.]


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