Archive for December, 1998

DISCONTINUOUS INTEGRATION

December 24, 1998

“We feel that the Internet continues to offer great opportunities for Zap.”

Born-again netrepreneur Avie Glazer, accompanying the suspiciously timed relaunch of Zap.com with a dab of rewritten history, Wired News, 23 December 1998

WHEN YOU LOSE IT, YOU DON’T RAISE EXPECTATIONS

December 23, 1998

“There’s a whole big difference between losing money and investing money.”

Amazon.com spokesperson Kay Dangaard, on the company’s red-hued income statement, Seattle Times, 22 December 1998

… ON ETRADE, OF COURSE

December 22, 1998

“If you’re getting your news on Yahoo, watching the Clinton testimony on Broadcast.com, just bought a mirrorball, as a friend of mine did, on eBay, and are doing your Christmas shopping on Amazon, you’re more inclined to buy the stocks.”

Internet stock analyst Mary Meeker, on the virtuous circle driving Net companies up and to the right, up and to the right, up and to the right, Barron’s, 21 December 1998

DOES YOUR VIRTUAL MACHINE INCLUDE AIRBAGS?

December 21, 1998

“That’s where we see a lot of new APIs [on embedded devices like car navigation systems]. On those things, we won’t be the ones driving it.”

Jim Mitchell, Sun’s vice president of Java architecture, on the company’s plans for a hands-off approach in steering Java for automobiles, News.com, 18 December 1998

ON THE OTHER HAND, THEY DON’T PRETEND TO MAKE MONEY OFF OF CONTENT

December 18, 1998

“Well, [Microsoft’s] not a competitor because we don’t pretend to make money off of technology.”

@Home CEO Tom Jermoluk, who apparently hasn’t heard of Microsoft subsidiary WebTV’s plans to get inside high-speed cable boxes, News.com, 17 December 1998

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