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Today's scriptingNews Outline
Author: Dave Winer Posted: 8/15/1999; 7:38:56 AM Topic: Today's scriptingNews Outline Msg #: 9539 Prev/Next: 9537 / 9540
London Times: VisiCalc is how programs ought to be. "Back in the early days, programs tended to speak their own language and nothing else. To insert a spreadsheet into a word-processing document or presentation was no small feat. And e-mail, if it existed at all, was just a few words of text shared between people who happened to have compatible mail systems."
BTW, the London Times article points to outliners.com. Thanks!
So, where are we going with antique software?
Linux Journal: Can Linux Survive Patents? "The PTO has handed out thousands of patents for trivial software techniques that any developer working independently would discover. Little attempt is made to determine prior art. Increasingly, the agency is granting patents for obvious techniques that wouldn't surprise a 'Net-savvy sixth grader, let alone an expert."
LinuxWorld interviews Richard Stallman.
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