Content Providers shouldn’t be surprised

From this article:

“Content providers have opposed the (creation of a) not-to-text registry, saying that it was invasion of privacy. They said that our [pending guidelines] are sufficient. But the NTC thinks there is a need to do this. The present way of doing things are insufficient. The content providers will be submitting their position paper by Monday but we intend to have the registry up by next week,” Sarmiento told

It has to do with how the NTC has decided to put up a registry for people who do not want to receive spam-text to sign up to.

You have to wonder how the Content Providers decided to get into the business they’re in when they started. Sure things looked good a few years ago when there wasn’t any regulation, and text spam was considered a minor nuisance, but betting your business on providing a service whose way of announcing itself is via spamming – something that no one in his right mind really wants seems difficult to justify.

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Scheduled For World Domination

google calendarProbably owing to my background as a groupware purveyor (I used sell Lotus Notes solutions, and was also a Microsoft Product Manager and evangelized MS Exchange – for which I studied certification for), I am a heavy believer in the Calendar, the central focus of a groupware solution after the Inbox.

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Microsoft system engineers work for the Borg!

microsoft system engineers work for the borgViruses can do some strange and wonderful things. Of these the windows metafile situation is by far the most amazing. Consider for instance, that you are viewing a webpage with your favorite internet browser on your favorite operating system. You reach a website with an embedded .wmf file, and voila!

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of what magic is this?

spam blockedOnstance January 7 installation, various anti-virus tweakeths taken upon myself to enhanced postfix file on client mailserver has accrueth positive consequences. Whereas previously bedeviled by spam, has heretofore since reports indicative of spam rejected! Viruses are thus flung onto fields of the dreaded dev/null and the internet beyond!

Wittnesseth thee maillog!

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Microsoft ain’t #1 no more

I’m fairly sure that Microsoft missed the ‘software as a service’ boat not for any reason other than, as stated in this Fortune article, the fact that it was afraid that pursuing it back in 2001/2002 meant it had to go up against its centralized ‘software for desktop’ approach, where it is no doubt king.

It just makes sense. See, MS Office has been Microsoft’s big money making monster for years, a collection of bloated elephantine over-featured over-done software which everybody used or had to use. Microsoft therefore has to support the concept of individual installations (and licenses) of software on individual machines – the foundation of their business.

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