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Merc Publishes Battelle

By - September 05, 2005

I’m thrilled that the SJ Merc published excerpts from my book, as well as a very nice piece about me. It’s in three parts, all require registration, here (story), here (excerpts) and here (five things you may not want to know about me). While I am terrified of what the NYT and WSJ might say about the book, it means the world to me that the Valley’s paper was kind.

So the book stuff is really heating up. It comes out this week on Amazon, early next week in bookstores. Do you guys want me to post on it here? I mean, you put up with all the sh*t to this point, but it seems a bit…indulgent to post every review, tic, correction, debate…what do you think?

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Ballmer Throws A Chair At "F*ing Google"

By - September 02, 2005

FuckinggoogleA reliable source has passed along a legal document in the ongoing lawsuit between Google and Microsoft over Google’s hiring of Kai-Fu Lee. The document is the “Declaration of Mark Lucovsky” in the case. Lucovsky was a distinguished engineer at Microsoft who defected to Google in November of 2004. His statement makes for some pretty interesting reading, to say the least.

The statement reads in part:

Prior to joining Google, I set up a meeting on or about November 11, 2004 with Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer to discuss my planned departure….At some point in the conversation Mr. Ballmer said: “Just tell me it’s not Google.” I told him it was Google.

At that point, Mr. Ballmer picked up a chair and threw it across the room hitting a table in his office. Mr. Ballmer then said: “Fucking Eric Schmidt is a fucking pussy. I’m going to fucking bury that guy, I have done it before, and I will do it again. I’m going to fucking kill Google.” ….

Thereafter, Mr. Ballmer resumed trying to persuade me to stay….Among other things, Mr. Ballmer told me that “Google’s not a real company. It’s a house of cards.”

UPDATE: This has hit the wires.

A Mac Widget From Google

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LogoYes, I’m happy that we minority Mac users are getting some love. The Gmail Notifier for Mac is out. I’m going to start using it…and more likely than not, start using Gmail as well now that I have an easy way to interact with it.

Cutts On Link Buying

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My old school newspaper (the Daily Cal) is doing it, O’Reilly wittingly did it, and now Matt Cutts of Google has a post on why not to do it, or, if you are doing it for a good reason (say reputable traffic exchange, not PageRank inflation) then how to do it without penalty (use nofollow).

I don’t like nofollow, but spam screws up all sorts of things.


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RawsugarI have not used this site, but it’s getting some buzz here and there, I and though it was worth noting…RawSugar. It’s tagged/personal/social search. Seems too hard for the mere mortal to grok. Or maybe it’s just me. I dunno. As much as I intellectually grok tagging, the dumbass in me Just Doesn’t Get It.