From: Adam L. Beberg (email@example.com)
Date: Sat Sep 09 2000 - 02:44:05 PDT
On Fri, 8 Sep 2000, Rohit Khare wrote:
> Sorry, Patrik, but it is a failure if there are three IM protocols. However,
> there is no avoiding it.
> AOL out of instant messaging standard bake-off
Time for a timeline:
In 3-4 years, they declare a "standard", spew out 600 pages of specs
along with 400 pages of optional features... day zero.
Day 1: AOL decides against it, since it's not in their best interest.
Day 2: Slashdot users bitch about day 1.
Day 3: Microsoft declares WinIM(TM) extentions.
Day 4: Slashdot users bitch about day 3.
Day 5: 100 open source projects spring up to implement the standard, each
picking a different 1% of the features non-geeks use to never quite
Day 6: People all wonder why nothing happened, and fire up AIM.
Day 7: The standard rests, in peaces.
Day 2DA8: Sentient entity A6F83C873EFF29B wonders why the humans were
fighting so much over a free service, and how "hi mom" turned into
a 3TB XML file. The resulting class 7 logic quake causes disturbances
throughout the Sol grid and forces restart of over 3B entities. All
records of the IM wars are classified offline-only and sealed.
... I really gotta start getting some sleep
- Adam L. Beberg
Mithral Communications & Design, Inc.
The Cosm Project - http://cosm.mithral.com/
firstname.lastname@example.org - http://www.iit.edu/~beberg/
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