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Large corporation sickness

October 9, 2003

People worry about big multinationals taking over the world, in part, because they have such economies of scale, but given the usual corporate culture, I don't think they have a chance. People get ahead in really big companies with behaviors that reward them as individuals but that damage the companies. That's what I've seen at… Read more »


"Geek chic? Screw it, I'm a nerd"

October 8, 2003

Hey, Carla King just did a article for Sun where she allowed me to really pontificate, and I dive further into what it means to be a nerd. Check it out here. "Geek chic? Screw it, I'm a nerd," counters Newmark. "A recovering nerd," he amends, since 1972 when he took "a very good small-group… Read more »


Spam's not a free speech issue

October 8, 2003

We have a pretty good national do-not-call list, but spammers are trying to challenge it as a free speech issue. I expect them to attempt to confuse the antispam legal efforts the same way, so … Your inbox is an entry to your personal space, and there's a social contract regarding how other people use… Read more »


Conceptual artist copyrights own mind for IPO

October 6, 2003

for a friend CONCEPTUAL ARTIST COPYRIGHTS HIS OWN MIND … and Authorizes Exclusive IPO on His Brain San Francisco conceptual artist Jonathon Keats has recently announced that he has filed with the United States Copyright Office for intellectual property protection on his mind. Because Title 17 of the United States Code stipulates that copyright "endures… Read more »


Microsoft: do the lawyers smell blood?

October 5, 2003



craigslist success factor: not knowing better

October 3, 2003

I was talking with a reporter about a concert ticket scam, which will probably wind up just being either a disagreement between two guys. Normally, if I get a complaint like this, I ask the guys to work something out between themselves, to find some kind of compromise. I don't have the time for that,… Read more »


Scott Adams and Dilbert

September 30, 2003

Scott Adams writes the Dilbert comic strip, which has been very entertaining and a great comfort to me. I spent 17 years at IBM and two at Charles Schwab, and I've lived the cubicle life. I don't want to understate how much truth is in his strip, or other writings. In The Dilbert Principle, he… Read more »


fighting spam legally

September 29, 2003

Well, there's an article in the LA Times today, by David Streitfeld, Law Won't Deter Spam, Experts Say and it's just a little bit misleading. You might know that there's already a fairly weak antispam law in California. I use it a lot to slap spammers on the wrist… and it's worked a lot to… Read more »


It's official, I'm a "cheap date"

September 28, 2003

Well, I was at the closing party for Litquake… "Chicken leg in hand, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark explained his party strategy. "I decided I'd better eat something because I'm not a big drinker," he said, sipping a margarita. "In fact, I'm a pretty cheap date." Newmark first became involved with Litquake as a volunteer. He… Read more »


craigslist documentary update

September 27, 2003

Hey, you might have read that Zealot Pictures, an independent film maker in SF, is doing a documentary 24 hours on craigslist. It's moving ahead nicely, all filming done, and they're working hard on editing the film. The SF Chronicle had a good article on Sundance and local film companies last week, which discusses this…. Read more »