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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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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