Mozilla Article at; MS Trips Up in Messaging War

Friday August 13th, 1999

Paul Festa of takes another shot at summarizing the state of the browser war.

Also, in other news on the MS/AOL fistfight, it appears MS has tripped up (free subscription required at the N.Y. Times site). Someone from MS apparently posed as an independent programmer, and wrote a letter to Richard Smith, a computer security expert with significant clout with the press, detailing supposed security issues raised by AOL's blocking of MSN Messenger clients.

Smith traced the mail back to Microsoft. Microsoft apparently hasn't found the culprit, but they used the opportunity to state the same attack on AOL seen in the forged letter - "It's unfortunate they're putting user security at risk."

#13 Mozilla Article at; MS Trips Up in Messag

by zontar

Friday August 13th, 1999 8:08 PM

You are replying to this message

Paranoid Guy,

You can't tell me there isn't some major MS-backed FUD out there.

I used to participate egularly in a MS-related discussion at the SJ Mercury site, until one or two M$Apologists came to dominate the forum. They kept up kept up their torrent of FUD until all the posters with any intelligence abandoned it. Most of them went to the New York Times discussion on the same topic -- within a couple of weeks, the Randroids had followed us there and began all over again... Most of us (not all rabidly anti-Microsft by any stretch of the imagination) have given up on that discussion as well.

Do a search some time on the name "Steve Barkto". This "unkown employee playing the mole" crap-ola is NOTHING new, I assure you.

Zontar The Mindless.