WORKERS OF THE WORLD, UM … I DUNNO

“We visited a friend who’s working for a startup that has installed beds in cubicles and is providing three meals a day. There are companies bragging about this kind of mistreatement!”

NetSlaves author Bill Lessard, who’s no doubt also crusading against the Internet industry’s high pay and lax work rules, Time Digital Daily, 29 November 1999

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LICENSE TO KILL TIME

“We all accept that a car has number plates and a driver is registered somewhere. Why can’t we apply these same principles to the Internet?”

Robert Cailliau, coinventor of the World-Wide Web, who apparently got that “what if Microsoft designed cars?” spam and took it a bit too seriously, News.com, 29 November 1999

RAPIER HALF-WIT

“I don’t think Microsoft would give up the handheld space unless they just really can’t do it. Microsoft always comes back.”

IDC analyst Diana Hwang, on Microsoft’s persistence in pushing its Windows CE operating system, whose next iteration, Rapier, promises to improve on its current piss-poor interface for handhelds, The New York Times, 25 November 1999