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you've got spam

Two interesting articles on spam from one with a a more high level view of how it affects networks and corporations, and the other one on how it affects users. Clearly, spam management is going to have to improve in the future or it's going put the usefulness of email in danger.

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Posted by diego on August 29, 2002 at 11:04 PM

the end of napster

According to this article, Napster is at the end of its bankruptcy negotiations be absorbed by Bertlesmann.

Another one of the bubble poster-child disappears...

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Posted by diego on August 29, 2002 at 7:52 PM

blogging metadata

Something new: The blogging meta data initiative. Finally! Hopefully it will develop into something good. Maybe blogs will be the channel to a more semantic web? It would indeed seem that weblogs already have enough structure (categories, ecosystems that link them, etc) so that a step in that direction would not be so hard.

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Posted by diego on August 29, 2002 at 10:13 AM

a perfect email client

It's been more than six months since CNET came out with a description of their perfect email client. (Google shows links to related discussions, and more features that people would like to see).

I am amazed that the centerpiece of our connected world, email, is basically controlled by Outlook and Outlook Express. Outlook in particular has no credible competitors that properly integrate PIM, email, and some form collaboration (although there are many other things that would be interesting to see). It will eventually happen, inertia notwhistanding. And then it will be time for Outlook to feel the heat.

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Posted by diego on August 29, 2002 at 9:38 AM

why imacs are better

In this article in the New York Times the writer explains why iMacs are better than "all-in-one" PCs that are designed to compete with it.

The bottom line, IMO, is, Apple cares about design first, then about price. PC makers care about money first. Different priorities is what makes all the difference.

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Posted by diego on August 29, 2002 at 9:14 AM

weblogs, hype and extremism

Ray Ozzie writes:

"PUBLISHING IS DEAD. Gone, a relic of the past, dead as a doornail, breathless, buried. According to police reports, one-way publishing was killed off by a technology - Weblogs - that has reshaped journalism forever. According to observers, there was formerly but a single effective way to get messages out to an audience - through major mass-market publications that possessed exclusive control of the final form of those messages. "Add Weblogs to that mix", one highly-respected and influential journalist recently wrote, and an entire industry's "world view was shaken". Indeed.

Say what?

Publishing is dead? Just because half a million people have weblogs?

What about the maybe four billion people on the planet that have never touched a computer? What about places where there is no electricity, much less Internet access, and newspapers are the only thing you have? What about TV? Do you think Americans will swarm to read weblogs and leave behind the New York Times and 60 Minutes all of a sudden?

Please. This kind of hype is what hurts new developments. For one, we should try to be measured in what we expect, and what we tell others to expect, from a medium.

In all fairness though, Jon Udell says that this is a response to Dan Gillmor's article "Notes is dead". But althought the title is an indication, Ozzie doesn't provide a backlink. So we don't really know. It certainly doesn't sound like he is being cynical and saying the opposite. In any case, Jon has it right: blogs have made discussions in the internet more civilized (something I commented on a few weeks ago), and extremism is dead. And if it isn't, it should be.

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Posted by diego on August 29, 2002 at 7:58 AM

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