November 6th, 2001

Atacama

I'm not surprised.

As I'd predicted to Dan earlier in the week, some of the states' attorney generals have decided that it's in their best interest to press on with the case against Microsoft, and the settlement is now toast.

I'm looking forward to another couple months or years of inanity thanks to these ass clowns. Does anyone honestly believe that any citizens are going to now be living richer lives because we're spending state monies on bringing down a successful company? What exactly are these folks trying to achieve in terms of real benefits to actual consumers?

Now more than ever before, if you don't like Microsoft, you don't have to buy their products. In fact, all you need is about one dollar to spend on CD-R blanks - get someone to burn you Red Hat Linux and StarOffice, and you're on your way.

What's the problem here exactly?

[updated Nov 6, 1630h]

Looks like the states are splitting 50/50 on this one, so the settlement isn't "toast", it's something stranger. Massachusetts and California (home to Sun, Oracle, et al) are pressing on with the trial; the others are gracefully accepting the settlement. It's going to be an interesting ride from here on out. I almost feel like writing the CA state atty general a letter, even.

As an over three year veteran of Netscape (I was the QA manager for Communicator), it still galls me that folks feel this is somehow all justified because Microsoft "did something nasty to" Netscape. Get a clue. Netscape brought it on themselves. They panicked in the 4.x timeframe, and dropped the ball big time, never to recover. I'm so glad they've been able to "innovate" by shipping a browser (Netscape 6) that is lacking many major features from previous versions, and that it only took them four years to do so. Last I hear Mozilla is still discussing whether or not to even attempt a 1.0 browser at some point in the future.
Atacama

For posterity's sake.

The retarded typo filled image from the Netscape 6.2 download pages was fixed this morning. (I called Chris Nalls, a Netscape marketing manager, and told him about it yesterday - I'm amazed no one still with the company noticed. Guess they themselves have no interest in downloading that pile of crap.)

So, the original image lives on here:

http://www.marmot.net/bear/images/feat.gif

Over and out.
Atacama

Rock on.

The keys to my parents' flat just showed up in today's mail. That was the last major piece of the holiday puzzle to fall into place. All systems are go.

I also scored tickets to the Surrealism exhibition at the Tate Modern, and Dan snagged dinner reservations at Livebait, a fine fish restaurant just down the street from the Tate. Perhaps mamoosh and mukamuk may remember passing by Livebait on their way to the kebab place near the flat we rented last year...

The only tiny sticking point is that I can't seem to book Harry Potter tickets for any of the preview shows in London this weekend. I'm not too terribly surprised - it seems likely that this is merely a flaw in the Warner theater chain's booking system, being able to see these dates at all, seeing as how the movie isn't supposed to open for about a fortnight.

What's left... hm... well, have to find a PC card modem that's faster than 33.6 Kbps, because my parents' laptop is a beast. Mailed off Hiro's cap this morning... still haven't found all the $10 bills my parents want... uh... I think that's it.

Oh, and for the record: the new Fantômas record rocks. This is fucking great. I liked the first one an awful lot but this time they've outdone themselves. Sure, it's all covers, but some of the best albums I know (Let It Be by Laibach, for example) fall into that category. I especially love what they've done to Cape Fear - the recording itself sounds damaged in a really fascinating way.
Atacama

That's odd.

Explaining my license plate is going to take even longer now: San José International Airport is now to be known as Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport - the San José city council decided this tonight. That's quite a mouthful! I'm not sure it's a good idea to rename our airport after Mineta, but at least it wasn't renamed after yet another Republican president. (I'm still mourning Washington National and Houston Intercontinental.)