Apple's new partner
Steve Jobs did the best he could for Apple. No other move could have lent the company such support -- "removed the stink of death," as one analyst put it. The image that ran in all the newspapers was unfortunate: a 40-foot televised head of Gates towering over a live, but merely mortal, Jobs. If Gates had walked onstage in person the message would have been wholly different. This is what I had expected to happen based on anticipatory rumors. Adding to the Orwellian overtones of that image, on Friday Apple re-appointed TBWA Chiat/ Day, the ad agency responsible for its groundbreaking "1984" spot . Wall Street liked the Microsoft partnership : Apple stock gained over 50% in the days following the announcement. (One person of my acquaintence, lacking the courage of his convictions, now kicks himself for having bought a mere 100 shares of Apple after Amelio resigned.) The stock has since settled by 10%, but is still at its highest point in over a year . Apple's new MacOs 8, which shipped on-time and bug-free, is the company's fastest-selling product ever, shipping 1.2 million copies in its first two weeks .
The clone makers aren't partaking of the OS8 bounty yet, as the parties are still negotiating over licensing terms. Persistent rumor in the weeks following Amelio's departure hinted that Steve Jobs was applying brakes to Apple's licensing strategy. It was said that Jobs favored moving the company in the direction of the Network PC (Larry Ellison's appointment to Apple's board has done nothing to dispel this notion).
What does the deal mean for Microsoft?
Maritz: Good luck.
CW: It's not going to run in Internet Explorer.
Maritz: It may or may not. But the point is, that's Sun's problem. It's not our problem.
We'll give the last word to Forbes ASAP's George Gilder:
> With a $250 million check, Mr. Gates has managed to change the
> subject in the press from Microsoft's Java battle to a long-past
> conflict over desktop operating systems. But he has not shifted
> the tides of change. He has merely embarrassed Oracle's Mr. Elli-
> son by increasing the price of any purchase of Apple, and he has
> trumped Netscape by buying dominance for the Microsoft browser
> in the next Apple operating system.
Thanks to Mark Baker and Dan Kohn, who will recognize some of their thinking in the foregoing analysis.
The Alta Vista search engine
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The number of visitors who arrive at TBTF from Alta Vista has dropped noticably in the last month, and the 40-page rule may explain why. I invited Alta Vista's architect, Louis Monier <monier at pa dot dec dot com>, to elaborate on the search site's indexing policy, but he did not respond.
Email spam and antispam tactics
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Microsoft security bugs and exploits
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The bug allows a Java applet to establish a TCP/IP connection to an arbitrary host, something that should be impossible under Java's security model. Mesander's exploit page is here  and Microsoft's response here . So far there is no fix for the bug. Mesander discovered on investigating further that the same or a similar bug may be present in the Netscape and HotJava implementations of the Java VM as well. Netscape is vulnerable only in certain HTTP proxy configurations. HotJava and MSIE are susceptible to subversion of their Java class loaders. The Macintosh platform is not affected.
Java Mischief becomes #12 in the TBTF list  of Microsoft security exploits uncovered in 1997. Thanks to Glen McCready for the forward.
Domain name policy
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> Material utilizing microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) is
> almost sentient in that is can sense (strain, temperature,
> pressure, motion, etc.), actuate (push, squeeze, deflect,
> switch, etc.), communicate (with fibers, antennas, wires,
> etc.), and calculate (with microprocessors). Machines or
> even arrays of millimeter and micron-sized machines on a
> chip, made with integrated-circuit technology, are still
> at an early stage of deployment, but researchers foresee a
> micro-industrial revolution: clouds of meteorological smart
> dust sent to keep an eye on a hurricane, programmable sili-
> con cilia to sort blood cells or position tiny machine parts,
> and microflaps to control a plane's wing shape.
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