> Date: Tue, 24 Nov 1998 14:23:53 +1300
"J. Maxwell Legg" <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> Is this an innocent case of misattribution or what, Ken. I don't think
> either of the above paragraphs were written by Sasha.
Sorry about that, Sasha. I was just adding to my own rant. Actually, I'm not too excited about AOL/Netscape/Sun. The idea that we should all jump up and yell "hooray" because Microsoft get's competition on the set-top is absurd!
Here's our choice:
1.) WinTel/Windows CE/Explorer set top box with ADSL interface connected through Baby Bells (MSN subsidiary WebTV portal)
2.) WinTel/Windows CE/Explorer set top box with cable modem interface connected through AT&T's recently acquired TCI cable infrastructure (@Home portal)
3.) Compaq/Sun JavaSoft/Navigator set top box with ADSL interface connected through Baby Bells to (AOL portal).
4.) Compaq/Sun JavaSoft/Navigator set top box with cable modem interface through Cox, Time Warner, or Continental Cable (@Home contracted to reroute through AOL or Pathfinder Portal)
Who wins?: Baby Bells. AT&T. Microsoft. AOL. Sun. Time Warner.
Who loses: Everybody else. Oh, wait. Deregulation. That's right. We can all go to work for MCI or Sprint's fiber-to-the curb initiative. They'll probably get purchased by AT&T's fiber-to-the curb initiative. At the center of it all: Cisco's NSA switches.
It's like: Gee Whiz: Chevron gets to compete with ARCO and TEXACO and UNOCAL. It's still the same old thing. Petroleum economy slavery.