I am a founder and CEO at SignalRank, a data driven technology company. I publish a weekly newsletter – That Was The Week – on Substack. The posts here are pulled from it. I also have a video podcast with Andrew Keenthat accompanies it each week. You can see the full catalogue on AnchorSpotify , Youtubeand Apple Podcasts. And I am a regular guest on Steve Gillmor’s The Gillmor Gang.

Category: realnames

Microsoft/RealNames, realnames

Nikolaj Email

This email from Nikolaj Nyholm from Ascio in Denmark reflects a few I have had. The idea that even trying to compete with Microsoft is unachievable if you say in advance that is your goal.   Netscape is a common example.   I always believe that Netscape failed not because it was too audacious but because it was not audacious enough. When Mark said this [see the email below]  it was bravado to be sure but more problematic was that there was no execution against this goal. To be successful it would have been necessary to develop more than an application

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Open Win API Emails

Many emails, some of which make the same point – that OpenWin API would just be another JAVA (See emails below).   To be clear – I am not proposing an interpreted code environment with its own language. I am proposing a series of API’s that are bundled together and can be assumed to be on many Windows machines. These API’s – like Microsoft’s own .NET Framework – would allow developers to build code on top of them. The difference would be that these API’s would sit between applications – such as IE – and the OS.   Microsoft’s ability

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Open Win API?

OK so here’s an idea. I got to thinking about Microsoft’s Win32 API’s. They are its crown jewels. So far, RealNames had focused on DNS as the problem. Its limits were experienced around the world as intense irritations. Especially in Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, India, Russia, Israel, Greece, Turkey, Thailand and the Arab world. Microsoft has essentially frozen innovation in the naming area. By favoring its search engine over true innovation it has held back progress as surely as the Church did during the dark ages. So … how about we build a layer on top of Windows. An OpenWin

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What?

My Windows XP just popped up this message. Interesting. So any application that redirects browser traffic is now considered malicious. This looks more like an attempt to take back browser traffic from various plugins that a genuine security issue. Security Update, March 4, 2002 Download size: 5.2 MB, 2 minutes This update resolves the “Java Applet Can Redirect Browser Traffic” security vulnerability in the Microsoft virtual machine (Microsoft VM) on Windows XP and Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me), and is discussed in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS02-013. Download now to prevent a maliciously crafted Java program (“applet”) from silently re-routing all

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Bill’s Old Thoughts

I thought it might be worth reposting this release from 11 months ago. Note in particular the quotation from Bill Bliss. Funny if it wasn’t so tragic. What happened Bill, have a change of mind? Is Microsoft no longer “a global company with a global vision” making “the Internet easier to navigate for everyone—whatever the native language”? Is Microsoft no longer interested in “helping to deliver the truly international Web”?   [url=http://corporate.verisign.com/news/index.html” target=_top>More Corporate News VeriSign Announces Breakthrough in Web Navigation For Tens of Millions of Users Worldwide Users can now reach Web sites via domain names in their own languages

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Week 2 Stats

General Statistics Successful Hits For Entire Site 555,803 Average Hits Per Day 32,694 Home Page Hits N/A Pages Page Views (Impressions) 82,470 Average Per Day 4,851 Dynamic Pages and Forms Views 501 Document Views 81,969 Visits Visits 63,346 Average Per Day 3,726 Average Visit Length 00:10:23 International Visits 40.02% Visits of Unknown Origin 1.44% Visits From Your Country: United States (US) 58.55% Visitors Unique Visitors 45,004 Visitors Who Visited Once 38,798 Visitors Who Visited More Than Once 6,206 9:47:20 PM

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The Big Picture

I have just finished reading the State of New York et al., [Plaintiff] v. Microsoft Corporation [Defendant]. Much of the discussion centers on what the court calls “the application barrier to entry”. This describes a situation where Microsoft, through its monopoly of over 90% market share of operating systems, prevents applications from third parties from gaining distribution. The browser is now part of the operating system. This is no longer a controversial viewpoint – although whether it should be still remains controversial. As it is part of the OS, IE has the same power – to prevent distribution of third party

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