RE: Lotsa laughs
Steve Oldmeadow wrote: > Sorry the quality of debate isn't up to your standards, > however, I'm afraid > I can't take anything you say regarding Microsoft too seriously when: > 1) Your e-mail domain is iedigital.net - surely a blatant > attempt to ride on > Microsoft's coat tails; > 2) One of the keywords on your web site is Microsoft but no > other vendors > are listed. Mmm ... sort of proves my point about the quality of debate. I notice also that if you write your name upside down and take the first and last letters you get MS ... ;-) I can't help thinking a lot of this Microsoft discussion is a bit of sour grapes. A few years ago a friend of mine decided to leave the UK with the money he had made from an Internet venture here, and head for Seattle. He was going to set up a service that allowed people to locate sites by entering a few words into their web browser, rather than a full URL. I said to him he was mad, because although I agreed that domain naming was not very user-friendly, surely someone would sort it out before he had the chance. Wouldn't the standards authorities or search engine people or Netscape or Microsoft or someone - anyone else but a little guy from the UK? Well, off Keith went and set up Centraal, and established RealNames - and they do seem to have got a lot of people to listen, including Alta Vista and Network Solutions. Of course the story isn't over yet, but they seem to be doing alright so far. My point is that the Internet is still wide open, despite what everyone says. As I said in my previous message, XML actually opens the whole thing up even more, not less, since anyone can put a layer over applications to hide their specific interface. And the moaning about MS is getting a little bit boring now. If you have a great idea - do it. And if in 6 months time MS are doing it instead - as I said before - whose fault is that? Best regards, Mark Birbeck Mark.Birbeck@i... Intra Extra Digital Ltd. http://www.iedigital.net/ xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ and on CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 To (un)subscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; (un)subscribe xml-dev To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; subscribe xml-dev-digest List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...)
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