RE: Network World: IMPPlosion

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From: Tom Whore (
Date: Tue Dec 19 2000 - 19:36:37 PST

On Tue, 19 Dec 2000, Mark Day wrote:

--]> The best thing to do, imnsfho, is to build a better protocol (fuck the
--]> commities and standards etc) and get thier user base hooked on it like
--]> little poser goth kids on heroin.
--]Even by FoRK standards, this is a pretty silly idea. We already have
--]multiple competing proposals with "hooked" user communities. As far as I
--]know, heroin hasn't successfully displaced (say) cigarettes or alcohol.

It should sound silly cause it is silly, the problem is its what the
"market" is reposnding too. ICQ, AIM, MSMessanger Yahoo messanger Firetalk
etc etc etc. We already have decent IM type stuff with IRC (add some
dalnet and undernet features, shake and make stable servers) so this
whoile IM craze was pretty stupid from the get go.

Anyway, lost my point here, its not so much what SHOULD be happening, its
what IS happening and thats always the same old story, the national
mindset wants Name Branding on thier stuff or else they wont touch it.Even
Linux had to go get branded before it got offical acceptance.(now its all
window gui shit anyways, so that battle is lost)

Real progress, thats the cool stuff you do for you and your buds in the
know, and if it ever makes it to the wide beam distro useage, well thats
just gravy in the 401k plan.

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