[Fwd: Gates ReDefines the meaning of DNS...]

Jay Thomas (jpthomas@ix.netcom.com)
Fri, 06 Feb 1998 08:28:20 -0500

Since no one else has forked this, and I'm not sure how many of you
aren't on the IETF list.....

Einar Stefferud wrote:
> It seems to me that someone at MS might want to say a few words to
> Bill Gates about how this shows at least one of two things:
> 1. That Bill is is not well informed about the Internet, especially
> after the last two years of hell that we have gone through; or
> 2. He appears to not give a damn about prior use of Acronyms of great
> significance in his main target market;-)...
> Question: Will the Internet need to get a usage license for our long
> exisiting Domain Name System when MS Trademarks "DNS"? I am reminded
> of all those "Bob" jokes of old...
> I hope that this is a useful channel with which to reach MS people
> who care;-)...
> Cheers...\Stef
> ------- Forwarded Message
> Subject: Bill Gates on DNS
> Date: Thu, 05 Feb 1998 14:01:27 -0500
> I don't know if I should laugh or cry.
> This is real, it is unaltered and directly from Reuters.
> ============================================================
> Microsoft's Gates sets new networking term
> HELSINKI, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Microsoft chairman Bill Gates on
> Thursday introduced a new term -- the digital nervous system
> (DNS) -- for networks of personal computers.
> "The DNS means using PCs together with Internet standards to
> create an environment of easy information access to replace
> current information tools," Gates said according to a summary of
> a speech at a seminar in the city of Espoo in southern Finland.
> The speech was made available by Microsoft's Finnish unit.
> The DNS networking solution could replace telephone calls,
> paper and databases on lage computers where information is hard
> to browse. It could offer significant business value by
> enhancing the way a company shares information, he said.
> "Its most important benefit is the ability to navigate the
> information and see patterns, and be able to send mail messages
> to colleagues to share the information and get comments, all
> this contributing to a more efficient mode of making decisions,"
> Gates said.
> The DNS should be designed to draw together data from many
> sources, giving the users a better ability to react effectively
> to unplanned events, he said, adding that areas especially
> suited for DNS solutions were customer account information,
> project management, sales budgeting and marketing events.
> Gates said Microsoft was working with other software
> developers like SAP (FSE:SAPG) and BAAN (AMS:BAAN) to ensure the
> DNS system's functionality in packaged or customised applications.
> Microsoft's earlier vision of 'a computer on every desk'
> could be rephrased as 'a computer in every pocket'.
> "Microsoft's vision for PCs five years from now is a
> wireless device you can carry around... you can connect this
> tablet-size PC to the wireless network and get access to the
> information of your choice," Gates said.
> helsinki.newsroom@reuters.com))
> Copyright 1998, Reuters News Service
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