Monthly Archives: April 2000

Digital Divide — Another View

The digital divide is real enough. But it strikes me as a problem that is relatively minor next to society’s real troubles. More in my Sunday column. Miami’s News When I arrived in Miami yesterday evening — I’m here to … Continue reading

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A Breakup It Is

If you thought one Microsoft was an antitrust headache and threat to competition in the technology industry, just wait for these two. As expected, the Justice Department and bevy of state attorneys general asked Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson to split … Continue reading

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Steve Ballmer: No Way, No How

Microsoft’s CEO is not in the mood for compromise with state and federal antitrust officials. He is in the mood to lead the company toward new vistas, and thinks it would be a crime against technology users for Microsoft to … Continue reading

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Ballmer: The Benefits of Bigness

Needless to say, Steve Ballmer, president and chief executive of Microsoft Corp., doesn’t agree with the column I wrote last Sunday, in which I called for a breakup of Microsoft. Over dinner last night, he defended the company and its … Continue reading

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Microsoft: Break it Up

The best answer to the Microsoft problem reminds me of the cliché about democracy — it’s the worst political system except for all the others. Breaking up Microsoft is the worst remedy for its ongoing antitrust abuses, except for all … Continue reading

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UCITA Will Be Law

The Maryland Legislature has passed the most anti-consumer legislation in many years. It’s called UCITA, the Uniform Computer Information Transaction Act, and it’s going to cause users of software and online services more woe than they can possible imagine. UCITA … Continue reading

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Pac Bell and AOL

The headline on this story refers to Pac Bell’s DSL outage in the San Francisco Bay Area on Thursday. But look closely at the part about America Online, which is fighting email spam by blocking legitimate mail. AOL is now … Continue reading

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Attorney General Solicits Microsoft Advice

A publicity stunt? Or a sign of terminal disarray among the government lawyers who recently won the Microsoft antitrust trial? I’m betting on the former as I note the brand-new “Let’s Talk: Microsoft Remedies” section of the California attorney general’s … Continue reading

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Pacific Bell’s DSL Claims

In the big scheme of things, Pacific Bell’s TV commercial (Quicktime 4 needed to view this) for its DSL Internet service isn’t a poster child for deceptive advertising. Nonetheless, it stretches the truth a long way. The TV spot lampoons … Continue reading

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