[linux-elitists] In honor of Transmeta...

Chris J. DiBona chris@dibona.com
Tue Nov 7 12:38:34 PST 2000

Hey now, I like perl.


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On Tue, 7 Nov 2000, Don Marti wrote:

> Here's a plug for a Comdex event not to miss. The Language Wars panel.
> 2:45 on Monday the 13th. I'll be the moderator, and Chris DiBona will be
> convincing everyone that Perl rules and Java sucks.
> http://myplanner.key3media.com/comdex/fall2000/planner/SessionDetail.cfm?ID=8391
> In honor of Transmeta's IPO, here is my suggested list for new
> regulatory periods in additon to the SEC "quiet period." 
> This was originally written on 22 July 1999.
> I like the idea of a "quiet period" (the time during which the SEC
> requires a company to, if I understand it correctly, stop issuing
> press releases.)  Perhaps there should be some other mandatory
> periods for computer companies:
> - The "no changing perfectly good product names" period (Do
>   customers really need "Athlon" or "Tru64 Unix"?)
> - The "not labeling every product a 'solution' period" (At
>   Comdex, litle 79-cent fans were "cooling solutions" to
>   one exhibitor.)
> - The "no issuing voluminous employee manuals because your
>   lawyers convinced you that everyone who works for you is
>   litigious scum" period.  (Every startup.)
> - The "no making talented employees shut up and go away because 
>   they make the investors nervous" period.
> - The "no hiring overpriced outside firms to do a web site
>   that's hard to change because all the text is GIFs" period.
>   (A lot of our clients, when I was in the web business, I
>   admit.)
> - The "no replacing working homebrew systems with expensive
>   flaky proprietary ones just because you have money to
>   burn" period.  (best.com nearly died because they tried 
>   to replace FreeBSD with proprietary Un*x boxes -- going
>   back to FreeBSD saved them.)
> Peace and good luck to all the Linux and free software
> entrepreneurs.
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