[unrev-II] Random thoughts on MS, OHS, and everything

From: Jack Park (jackpark@thinkalong.com)
Date: Wed Jun 06 2001 - 08:10:52 PDT

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    Consider this page: http://slashdot.org/features/01/05/29/2240253.shtml

    A quote:
    "Bill Gates, exposed just a year ago as a ruthless and less-than-candid
    corporate predator, is today the King of the Corporate Republic, the CEO of
    Internet, Inc. He and his company are about to launch one of the most
    ambitious campaigns in the history of business, one that should leave him
    firmly in control of the digital universe. "

    Consider this transcluded post from Simon St.Laurant to XML-DEV:
    "Clay Shirky has an article on Hailstorm up at:
    Shirky raises copyright and control as a central issue in Microsoft's
    Hailstorm strategy:
    >This is the most audacious aspect of HailStorm, and the core of the
    >describe-and-defend strategy. Microsoft wants to create a schema which
    >describes all possible user transactions, and then copyright that
    >schema, in order to create and manage the ontology of life on the
    >Internet. In HailStorm as it was described, all entities, methods, and
    >transactions will be defined and mediated by Microsoft or
    >Microsoft-licensed developers, with Microsoft acting as a kind of
    >arbiter of descriptions of electronic reality:
    We've had discussions of whether copyrighting a schema has any
    implications for control. I can definitely see limitations on derived
    works, which strikes me as unfortunate, but I'd really like to have a
    clearer explanation from someone as to how intellectual property and XML
    interact in the legal world..."

    Then, there's a very recent (latest?) Business Week article about how MS
    came back much stronger.

    Starts, IMHO, to get rather interesting (what?). But, and sorry I cannot
    pin down the URL (I think it was at cnn.com) an article that posits AOL
    overtaking MS. Gads, what is a mother to do?

    And then, there's OHS. Would that it could be a breath of fresh air.

    Yesterday, Ted Nelson and Doug Engelbart sat in a conference room together
    with several other individuals, all talking about common grounds between
    Xanadu and OHS. I am sure that some report will be forthcoming that
    details that event (I was so involved that I failed to take detailed
    notes). I can report this, however. There were at least three areas of
    commonality, and a strong interest in looking at the ZigZag structure--
    , perhaps even in concert with Lee Iverson's NODAL ideas, as a
    superstructure for an OHS. In any case, fresh air, indeed!


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