BUT ESPECIALLY AT MONICA LEWINSKY’S AGE

“Let’s begin with a simple premise: Privacy is a basic American value, in the information age and in every age.”

Vice President and Geek-in-Chief Al Gore, advocating new privacy laws (but avoiding comment on his boss’s privates), News.com, 31 July 1998

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IF YOU HAVE A BAD IDEA, YOU CAN BUNDLE IT WITH WINDOWS

“In the new world of the Internet, it matters less if you are large or small…. If you have a good idea, you can reach an audience of millions.”

Former Microsoft executive and CEO of RealNetworks Rob Glaser, testifying before Congress on his erstwhile employer’s moves to quash innovation in streaming media, News.com, 23 July 1998

TIME ON MY HANDS COULD BE TIME SPENT ON YAHOO

“In the attention economy, there are two philosophies: You can either act as a colonial power who treats the users’ time as an exploitable resource that should be strip mined, or you can treat it as the ultimate … resource … to be conserved.”

Usability consultant Jakob Nielsen, railing against the evils of portals (probably because he’s mad he didn’t come up with the idea first), Wired News, 23 July 1998