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Monday, March 21, 2005


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Yup, it's gonna take years, maybe even decades, to get people to trust us. And that's if we don't screw up anymore.

I give you credit, Nick...as much as I have difficulty with a number of MS products and attitudes, you are right that MS should be commended for the positive steps they are now taking (regardless of whatever motivations may be behind those steps). By listening for (seemingly) the first time in years to developers in regard to IE, by making its Anti-Spyware software available freely (as well as downloads like the Baseline Security Analyzer), it seems that MS shows some very positive signs indeed, and they should be congratulated--it is hard for me to admit, as I do now, that Google could learn from MS that "actions speak louder than words."

Kudos also to Mr. Scoble for his praiseworthy humility about this (in his comments above)--more people like him could do MS (and its customers) a bit of good.

As for Google, I believe you've just seen that "single big misstep"--aka Autolink: Google's arrogance, condescension, and utter disregard for those who provide the very pages they index does not bode well, either for Google itself or for the future of the web. I have enormous respect for Google's tech abilities--they have transformed the web in so many wonderful ways--but this shows me that, as a company, its technological know-how far outstrips its ethical sensibility. See this morning's Steve Rubel article at http://www.micropersuasion.com/2005/03/size_matters_sl.html for why this is so important--I couldn't agree with him more.

Thanks for reminding us all to praise good, whenever and from wherever it springs.

Trust Microsoft? How can you trust a company that doesn't do what they say. They keep preaching they are committed to security, if thats the case then why do we see new CRITICAL vulnerbilities nearly every month?

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