The future of spam according to Bill GatesI'm on an executive mailing list from Microsoft and today got a message from the Chairman himself, Bill Gates:
"During the past year, Microsoft has taken a number of important steps to help curb the epidemic of junk email, which is a major headache for computer users worldwide. We've made significant progress, including blocking more than 95 percent of all incoming junk email - an average of 3 billion messages a day - on Hotmail. But more work remains to be done. We're committed to finding additional ways to counter this costly nuisance."The message continues...
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A terrific review of my new book...My thanks to Bill French, tech genius at Myst Technologies, for his extremely kind and generous review of my newest book, Creating Cool Web Sites with HTML, XHTML and CSS (Wiley, 2004). To summarize in one sentence: "Dave Taylor has done a magnificent job of assimilating the most important aspects of creating useful Web sites in this concise book.".
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How to Pitch Your Startup: a free online tutorialMy colleague Susan Cooney and I wrote a popular online tutorial for startup businesses entitled how to pitch your startup to investors and I'm pleased to announce that I've now turned this into a free online tutorial for all you current and future entrepreneurs. I'll whet your appetite too, with this opening paragraph...
"It's your big chance: you've been talking with your friends and family about your business idea for months. You've convinced a colleague or two to join forces with you. You've even started down the road to creating some deliverables, have a small office lined up, and maybe even have some initial sales. But it's becoming clear that to aggressively pursue your marketing plan, to achieve your corporate mission, you're going to need to raise some capital. Not a few thousand, but millions."
Please spend a few minutes and learn all about how to pitch your startup to investors.
Weblogs are even in non-disclosures now!Got a non-disclosure from Edelman PR today for beta testing the new Virtual PC 7, and it's amusing that the wording includes:
"Representatives from Microsoft�s Macintosh Business Unit will be demonstrating and/or providing me with a beta copy of Virtual PC for Mac Version 7 and I agree to keep all mentioned dates, product features and other product information not yet available to the public under embargo until Virtual PC 7 is released to manufacturing, which Edelman will notify me of this date in advance. The embargo includes print, broadcast, electronic and Internet publications and blogs, and verbal disclosure."When "blogs" show up in these industry non-disclosure agreements (aka "NDAs") then it's official that weblogs have not just hit but pervaded the industry conciousness. Now the question is: who is doing something interesting with weblog technologies?
Are you about to be a victim of digital terrorists?I'm not one to be alarmist about things, but I was reading a CNN article entitled E-mail providers: unplug spam-sending PCs wherein they talk about how AOL, Yahoo, Earthlink, Microsoft, Comcast and BT Group have all agreed to a proposal whereby PCs would be disconnected from the Internet if they were the source of spam.
Doesn't sound too bad (particularly since I'm getting about 1000 spam/day now), but you need to remember that most of the PCs that now send out spam are slave systems, not computers owned by spammers themselves. So the scenario that keeps playing out in my head is that I get a phone call from a colleague who complains "I can't send any email! I called Comcast and they say I'm a spammer and they refuse to let my system connect!"
How do you get started writing a book?A good friend of mine asked me a question this afternoon that I've heard many times from authors on the proverbial fence about writing: "How do I get started with a book idea?"
My answer to this question is always the same, and it starts with the question of how much you love the subject your'e going to write about, because, just like the old saw about a PhD dissertation, you'll probably end your book project with less affection for the subject than when you started! I've known plenty of PhDs who find that their passion is spent by the time they defend their dissertation, and they end up needing a break.
But I'm getting sidetracked. Here's the real answer I gave Bryan...
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