Monthly Archives: November 1999


AOL: You’ve Got One Less Customer Tuesday, Nov. 30 – Here’s why, in my Tuesday Mercury News column. Media Manipulation Tuesday, Nov. 30 – When I go to a technology industry trade show or conference, there’s usually a registration booth … Continue reading

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If We Watch Everybody All the Time…

Monday, Nov. 29 – Welcome to the FBI’s latest “Geek Profile” — as documented by Slashdot‘s Jon Katz. This profile is a grab-bag of traits designed to catch high-school kids (usually boys) who may be dangerous. Above-average intelligence is one … Continue reading

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It’s OverÂ…

Saturday, Nov. 27 – These are my students at Hong Kong University. I’m proud of them. Tomorrow I head back to the U.S., and will be back in the office on Monday. I’ve had a wonderful time on this trip. … Continue reading

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It’s What Day?

Friday, Nov. 26 – Today is Buy Nothing Day. Yesterday Friday, Nov. 26 – Yesterday was Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday. My Friday column, reprinted from Thursday’s eJournal, explains why. Repeat After Me: It’s a Hoax Friday, Nov. 26 – I … Continue reading

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Richard Li, Part 2

Tuesday, Nov. 23 – In Sunday’s column I told you about Richard Li’s daring plan to put together the biggest broadband Internet access operation in the world. That’s just one of his businesses. In Tuesday’s column, more on Li, the … Continue reading

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A Daring Plan

Sunday, Nov. 21 – Richard Li wants to put together the biggest broadband Internet access play in the world. I don’t know if he’ll succeed. But I’m impressed with his risk-taking and his boldness, not to mention his brains. More … Continue reading

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MagnificentÂ…

Saturday, Nov. 20 – This is the view from Victoria Peak on a Saturday evening. They Got It My new-media class today was great fun. About 30 students created their own weblogs for the first time. I saw some sparks … Continue reading

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One Small Step for Broadband

Friday, Nov. 19 – Stop the presses. The Federal Communications Commission did the right thing this week on a broadband data issue. The commission told the nation’s local telephone monopolies they had to behave more fairly with potential competitors that … Continue reading

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Microsoft Backs Off on Messaging

Thursday, Nov. 18 – The latest version of Microsoft’s instant-messaging software, MSN Messenger, doesn’t even try to connect with America Online’s AIM instant-messaging software. This is a victory for AOL (News.com story) in its fight to keep a proprietary hold … Continue reading

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Americans for No Taxes, Period

Wednesday, Nov. 17 – A group calling itself Americans for Tax Reform is one of many parties sending out scare-story press releases about how the nation’s governors want to tax us all to death. The governors at issue are the … Continue reading

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