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Saturday, May 22, 2004

  Taking back the net

I have spent almost exactly a year in retreat (advancing towards the rear). In a couple days my non-compete with MontaVista expires. I know that nobody takes these things seriously, but I've been afraid of lawyers since a very young age.

Last winter HP announced 2.5 billion in Linux related revenue AND Barley Blascara blithley assureed everyone at CES that they were going to embed DRM into their products (How are you going to reconcile that with the GPL?) I bought my last HP product two years ago, when they laid the last friend I had there off. I couldn't find anyone in the conventional line of command to fix anything, and HP/UX was already a bit of a joke...

In january I made an enormous outline of everything I needed to do to restart my own business. Almost got funded in March. (The technology is still too raw.) I've been keeping amused helping various proto startups go nowhere fast while watching my bank balance erode. It's got so bad that I'll do quality work for free and turn my nose up at junk work for good money.

Life's too short to be a consumer. I'd really like to be in the "Producer electronics industry" - if only such an industry would get a little press.

 


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