Archive for December, 1997

POOR LITTLE ORSON MUST BE ALL RECESSIVE GENES

December 31, 1997

“Is there a happiness gene, and is it dominant?”

Louis Rossetto, who reportedly still does something at Wired, on plans to build his magazine’s circulation by breeding a blindly optimistic master race, Edge.org, 30 December 1997

WHY, THERE MIGHT EVEN BE OTHER WEB ZINES WORTH READING

December 30, 1997

“More than once, in discussions of the browser wars, we have provided links to Netscape Navigator’s download page.”

Slate editor-in-brief Michael Kinsley, proving that he’s not a pawn of Bill Gates, no, really, Slate, 25 December 1997

THAT’LL BE A NEWSFLASH FOR LARRY ELLISON

December 29, 1997

“A lot of people don’t need big egos now because they have computers instead.”

Author Norman Mailer, interviewed for Esquire‘s Dubious Achievement Awards, January 1998

IN OTHER WORDS, HE’S GLAD HE’S NOT BILL GATES

December 24, 1997

“I did not want a profession in which a totally subjective evaluation, easily colored by political considerations, could decide the merits of my work.”

Intel CEO, professional paranoiac, and Man of the Year Andy Grove, Time, 29 December 1997

LIKE A BULLET THROUGH THE HEART WILL HELP A LAME HORSE

December 23, 1997

“Even with the power of the Internet search engines today, you could not possibly explore all those sites or even find all the sites that might interest you. A new Internet directory can help.”

Cybercolumnist Joel Smith, missing the obvious killer app for Christmas — a directory to directories — in “Cyberia,” The Detroit News, 22 December 1997

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