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MacEdition ProNews December 18, 2000

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How many polygons would a woodchuck shuck, if a woodchuck could shuck shares? (or, “You don’t do that Voodoo ‘dat you do no more”)

Ah, 3dfx, we hardly knew ye. Links abound, like the one on TechWeb telling the story of nVIDIA scooping up the remains (technology, patents, etc) of supposed graphics king 3dfx. It’s a sweet deal if you can get it. From the article: “Responsibility with supporting 3dfx’s product line will lie with 3dfx, Hara [Michael Hara, a vice-president at nVIDIA] said”.

Hmmm ... all the flavor, no messy aftertaste.

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You just landed on Boardwalk (and someone else owns the hotel)

“The screw is turning here. If you’re an enterprise organization and have a lot of Windows 95 or 98 out there, Windows just got a whole lot more expensive,” said Gartner Group analyst Chris LeTocq.

Direct Microsoft bashing really isn’t our style, but this sure is an interesting turn of events. Microsoft argued again and again in its antitrust trial that the company simply could not raise prices at will since the Linux competition would eat it alive. A story at ZDNet seems to say otherwise.

Of course, money is not always the motive for Microsoft actions, if you believe a Microsoft spokesperson: “Hughes [Simon Hughes, Microsoft program manager for its volume-licensing group] denied that Microsoft was attempting to foster additional corporate demand for Windows 2000 through these changes”. Of course, the same ZDNet article links to a CNet article discussing analyst opinions of the recent slowdown the software giant has faced.

Hey Microsoft! At least Hobson made sure everyone got a good horse for their “choice”.

You can call me Ray, or you can call me Jay ...

A rose, by any other name, would smell as sweet, as long as it was named in English and you weren’t trying to get the domain “rose.com”. The New York Times on the Web (free registration required) brings us a piece of shrapnel from an international name collision: “findus.com”.

It appears that Kasper and Victoria Lannartsson of Stockholm, Sweden are looking to get into the Web search business. Or at least there’s a reasonable chance that’s what they wanted it for, since the U.N. World Intellectual Property Organization arbitrator found for the couple against Swiss-based Sudnif SA, who bought the name “Findus” from Nestlé as a trademarked name for frozen food.

Score one for the little guys in a domain dispute (no matter what their actual intentions).

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