PROPRIETARY PIETY IMPROPRIETY

“The open-source collaborative development model is built to succeed in the Internet age. It makes much more sense than the proprietary model.”

Dell Computer chairman Michael Dell, assailing proprietary operating-system vendor Sun Microsystems in a LinuxWorld keynote address …

“Clearly, Microsoft has a pretty profitable customer model and customer franchise.”

… Dell, praising proprietary operating-system vendor Microsoft in a post-keynote interview, News.com, 15 August 2000

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BETA NOW THAN NEVER

“People told me [Go.com] had to be like Microsoft and put out version one and two and three, and eventually we would get it right…. I’ve never been involved with anything where I didn’t believe what we did wasn’t the best. But here we were, experimenting in front of the public.”

Disney CEO Michael Eisner, revealing through a triple negative an inadvertently keen understanding of Microsoft’s quality-is-job-3.0 strategy, The New York Times, 14 August 2000

REAL SIMPLE

“You know, Palm has brainwashed people for so many years. They’ve told people … ‘it’s very simple and that’s all you can do.'”

Microsoft mobile devices VP Ben Waldman, grousing that a competitor has, for once, encroached on his company’s exclusive franchise of brainwashing technology consumers, News.com, 11 August 2000

I’M OKAY, YOU’RE A FAILURE

“If we’re ever going to develop an entrepreneurial culture on this continent, we’ve got to let people fail. Out of 10 start-up Internet companies, only one will work. It doesn’t reflect on our own company.”

Lastminute.com cofounder Martha Lane Fox, urging European investors to pay no attention to the losses behind the curtain, The Electronic Telegraph, 10 August 2000