Re: [CNET] MSN Messenger 29.5 meelyun, AOL Instant Messenger 29.1 meelyun

From: Adam L. Beberg (
Date: Sun Mar 18 2001 - 13:13:55 PST

On Sun, 18 Mar 2001, Adam Rifkin wrote:

> In the end, we're all working for Bill...
> MSN Messenger's popularity soars

Any product which becomes a commodity and doesn't generate revenue belongs
in the OS - where OS is the mass collection of things you cant sell unless
you have a mass of them. It's like a newspaper, noone would actually pay for
anything separately, but if you can put all the crap in with the comics
people will buy it.

The short list for what's going in there soon... IM, anything P2P, VoIP, the
various VM's, NAS drivers... etc. All free of course, ya just pay for the

Naturally the reverse law applies, unless you're the OS guy, you cant charge
anything at all for such things... and since linux is free, well... have a
nice time running all those expensive IM servers Bill. *chuckles*

How do all these computer science people get through college without a
single econ or business course anyway? Say it with me folks
C O M M O D I T Y...

- Adam L. "Duncan" Beberg

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