COFFEE FOR THE HACKER TOURIST

“It’s not about the fastest computer, or having the most wickedly awesome graphics generator. It’s about that person from Norway who stumbles into your cybercafe and can read his email and send it back home.”

Josh Cook, owner of Boston cybercafe Designs for Living, skipping over the inconveient fact that his target market of Norwegian travelers may not support a large business, be, 19 August 1999

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BUT IS IT A BUG, OR A FEATURE?

“We don’t see this as a flaw. It is a concern.”

Reciprocal CTO Allen Beckerdite, reacting to the publication of a hack that disables the anti-piracy scheme his company built for Microsoft’s online music format, Wired News, 18 August 1999

I BET YOU SAY THAT TO ALL THE PORTALS

“We look at loyalty not as function of exclusive loyalty, but the frequency of visits over time. Loyalty doesn’t mean lack of promiscuity.”

Excite@Home senior vice president Joe Kraus, explaining why Excite.com’s registered-user reports are better fodder for the site’s Lola Pandora talk show than for serious Web-site metrics, News.com, 16 August 1999