Archive for September, 1998

WE’RE TAKING OUR ROUTERS AND GOING HOME

September 30, 1998

“The original Internet was handed over to commercial interests — not that that was a bad thing. In fact, it worked too well…. We won’t give the network away this time.”

Terry Rogers, director of the Abilene project, an academe-sponsored next-generation Internet, on how he intends to avoid success, The Industry Standard, 29 September 1998

OH, WE’VE GOT CASH FLOWING — OUT, THAT IS

September 29, 1998

“I think it’s very difficult for a traditional bank to finance a company that is not cash-flow positive.”

Stacy Carlson, a branch director of Imperial Bank in northern Virginia, on the art of making loans to unprofitable startups, The Washington Post, 28 September 1998

ZERO-SUM HEAD GAME

September 28, 1998

“My job is not to compete with Microsoft. It’s to lower the value of the operating system market.”

Bob Young, CEO of Linux vendor Red Hat Systems, on his strategy to decrease shareholder value, The New York Times, 28 September 1998

INSTEAD, WE MADE IT LOOK LIKE A BREATH MINT

September 25, 1998

“We could make a computer look like a grapefruit.”

Jonathan Ive, Apple’s vice president of industrial design, on the conceptual roads not taken by the iMac team, CNN/IDG.net, 22 September 1998

AFTER BURNING MAN, NUDITY IS A BIT TIRED

September 24, 1998

“Our site takes topics like nudity and sex and puts new life into them.”

Genevieve Field, executive editor not of the Starr Report, but of Nerve.com, a “literate smut” site, Wired News, 24 September 1998

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