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Nobody loves ME, everybody hates ME

Nobody loves ME, everybody hates ME

After a week of accepting appli-cations (and several Lewinsky-laden suggestions), I've narrowed down my choices and will begin the interview process next week for my intern.

I'm feeling a bit shady about all of this because deep inside a part of me wants to hire someone that I might "get to know better" outside the office.

Speaking of shady, apparently

there is a coyote by the name of XMLExchange.org in the BizTalk.org henhouse.

Headed by former Zona Research analyst Vern Keenan, the group is claiming that BizTalk.org and XML.org are intimidated by the competition.

Keenan even boldly announced that XML.org pilfered the idea for ebXML (e-business XML) from him. Apparently Keenan is trying to get into works with Oracle as well, but he is being met with stiff rejection.

Speaking of rejection, one reader wrote in and recounted his recent debacle with Beta2 of Microsoft Millennium, aka Windows ME - the upgrade for Windows 9x. It seems as though it was installed correctly and everything was recognised, except it does not have support for client networking, with Novell in his case. For the time being, it would seem that Beta2 is only applicable to the consumer level.

Continuing with Microsoft troubles, it appears that there may be some kind of distribution problems. It seems that managers are either planning too far ahead or lagging behind up in Redmond, as one reader received a Microsoft Year 2000 Resource CD in his latest installation of MSDN Library last week. Not too big of a faux pas, but considering the innocuous nature of the Y2K bug it seems a bit humorous, particularly when reading the description of the CD: "Designed to provide information and resources to help customers prepare for the Year 2000." The UPS label indicated it was shipped in late January.

Apparently the holiday lag has made its way down to Silicon Valley as well, as Hewlett-Packard is finally catching up to its competitors and planning to release its E-PC (still a concept name) at the end of the month. With Apple's iMac, Compaq's iPAQ, and IBM's EON, perhaps they'll call it the HPi - code-named Hippie.

The Bay area also seems to be experiencing some father-son rivalry between Network Associates (NAI) and McAfee, respectively. It seems that the two are fighting over the small business networking market, with NAI coming from the corporate angle and McAfee coming from the consumer angle. Apparently at Demo 2000 last week things really got nasty and the twocompanies brought sports into their budding rivalry.

McAfee brought San Francisco Giants manager Dusty Baker along to sign baseballs. Cross-Bay rivals, the Oakland Athletics, happen to play at Network Associates Coliseum.

Maybe I'll give the local sports bar a try. A new crowd could be good for me . . . and my bruised ego.

Robert X. Cringely is a regular contributor to ARN's sister publication Infoworld.


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