Archive for November, 1999

WORKERS OF THE WORLD, UM … I DUNNO

November 30, 1999

“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

LICENSE TO KILL TIME

November 29, 1999

“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

DAYS OF FUTURE SPENT

November 26, 1999

“We’re really investing all of that money into our future. Gift certificates are a part of that future.”

Amazon.com spokesman Bill Curry, explaining that the online retailer’s holiday giveaways are a sign that it has not yet begun to spend, News.com, 26 November 1999

RAPIER HALF-WIT

November 25, 1999

“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

WAKE MONEY FAST

November 24, 1999

“Once you create content, you have the chance to make money while you sleep.”

About.com CEO Scott Kurnit, who quite notably discourages his unprofitable company’s employees from ever sleeping, Interactive Week, 22 November 1999

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