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Jan 16, 1998 :: Michael Sippey

This week it's all Microsoft, all the time.

Getting down to brass tacks...what files are part of IE and what files are part of Windows?

Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Japanese Fair Trade Commission, and this is a raid.

Jim Louderback argues that the DOJ is barking up the wrong product. "Back off from the browser war. File browsing and display have become an integral part of our modern, windowed operating systems. Instead, focus on the unfair advantage the Microsoft applications group has."

David ("Data Smog") Shenk on Slamming Gates. "There's a serious case to be made for containing the Microsoft behemoth, but it's getting lost amid the name-calling, corporate rivalry, and not-so-petty jealousy."

This shouldn't be a surprise, according to's Mike Ricciuti. "In many ways, Microsoft's legal tactics in the case closely mirror its business strategy. That ultimately may prove to be Redmond's downfall."

Meanwhile, Michael Surkin argues the more monopolies, the better. "Being from Canada, this peculiar American preoccupation with monopolies has always baffled me, particularly considering how much the country has benefited from them."

A tale of gullibility...Paul Krugman explains that the New Yorker's history of increasing returns is all wrong.

And in other news...

Hotwired 5.0. Sure, the right-hand frame is a nice overview of their contents, but I think it's the left-hand frame that keeps crashing my browser. NN3, NN4 and IE4. started running audio ads; another first in that whole "post-ironic personal narrative" thing you keep hearing so much about.

Mmmmm, minty green.

Derek Powazek created BitBet, a minimalist font boiled down to 5 pixels by 5 pixels. And he's giving it away.

And on this week...

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