Articles Regarding Netscape at Scripting.com
Friday October 30th, 1998
Mike Lofton writes in to say, "There are some very good articles on Netscape at www.scripting.com, including one about a serious privacy issue raised by the What's Related feature. And don't miss the article entitled 'Think'. It's outstanding."
Editor's note: Read the "Think" article, and then let's discuss it here. I think it raises some points that could use some further discussion.
Also, I've gotten enough requests that I've decided to cave on one issue. From now on, all external links will be target = "_top". Don't say I never gave you nothin'.
#5 Crack head
by Brian Stanke <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sunday November 1st, 1998 4:18 PM
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Netscape could of bought Apple? That Dave is a crack head. Apple has had more cash in the bank (forget total book value) than Netscape has ever been worth. Even Apple was at its worse Netscape couldn't dream of bBUYING them. How about what the business sense of that would be. Why would a browser company buy a hardware maker? It makes no sense. Netscape wants to turn both the hardware and the OS into commodities, there is no reason to get distacted buying into or building either. The pure silliness of his suggestion discredits him.
Another thing I fail to understand is this whole Netscape must be dead to have a case idea. The law says that a monolpoly cannot leverage that power to attempt to create a new monopoly. It does not matter if MS suceeds or fails it in the act that is illegal, not the consequence. On one hand Dave argues Netscape failed to compete, on the other he complains it isn't dead yet so no foul, one can not have it both ways. Sound like MS doublespeak has got to his head. The closing of the OEM channel to Netscape is having clear and measureable consequences on Netscape marketshare in certain areas while it is thriving in areas such as Large businesses where pre-loads and low-bandwith are far less important. This makes it clear that MS's market power of PC OEMs and the forced bundling of IE4 into Windows is pushing certain markets in direction the would not necessarily go. That is the anti-trust violation. The leveraging of MS Word to force Apple to adopt IE & of Windows to get AOL to adopt IE are clearly also abuses of market power. Dave never mentions any of this however, after all Microsoft is free to crush and kill as it pleases. I wonder what he will say when MS decies it what's Windows scripting and to break Frontier on purpose. "...and when they came for me there was no one left to object."