Re: NetworkWorld on the IMPP WG deadlock

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From: Adam L. Beberg (
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 - -

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