Archive for February, 1999

DID YOU KNOW JOE’S HOMEPAGE IS HEMORRHOIDS.COM?

February 26, 1999

“Unlike bookstores, where people like to go to shop, discover, get a cup of coffee, no one likes browsing the Preparation H section of the drugstore.”

Peter Neupert, CEO of Drugstore.com, struggling to explain why shopping for personal necessities on the Web will be less embarrassing than doing it in a store, San Jose Mercury News, 25 February 1999

WOULD YOU STOP BRINGING UP THAT BENGALI TYPHOON?

February 25, 1999

“Turmoil’s the wrong word. For me, it’s progress. For me, it’s shaping an industry.”

Wired Digital president Beth Vanderslice, on how her stock option package has relieved many of her concerns about getting bought first by Lycos and then by Barry Diller, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 February 1999

INTEL WAY OUTSIDE

February 24, 1999

“It is conceivable that a … serial number [can be] read but it’s very difficult. And you have to ask what would be done with the number after it was read? What good is it to anyone anyway?”

Intel spokesperson Tom Waldrop, admitting that security features in his company’s new Pentium III chip don’t accomplish anything save compromising consumer privacy, Wired News, 23 February 1999

YOU REMIND ME OF MY FIRST PORTAL

February 23, 1999

“Lack of distinction is a key reason behind user promiscuity.”

IDC researcher Jill Frankle, explaining why Web users feel compelled to click around, News.com, 23 February 1999

FORGET FREEWARE — WE DON’T SHARE CODE INTERNALLY

February 22, 1999

“It’s not a case of making our life simpler or saving money. The goal of sharing code is providing people with a consistent user experience.”

Microsoft president Steve Ballmer, bemoaning his company’s fragmented coding efforts, ZDNN, 22 February 1999

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