June 4th, 2003


Geek History 101: The Microsoft/Hotmail Debacle

I got in a rather irritable mood today and started down one of my favorite paths to wallow in crankiness - digging into the things Microsoft says and does. An old trusty favorite is digging into the Microsoft acquisition of Hotmail in 1997, and the years of skulduggery, FUD, and outright lies that followed. (For those of you not up on the IT stuff, Hotmail ran on FreeBSD webservers and Solaris database servers when Microsoft acquired it.) It seems like no matter how much you look at it, there's always more dirt to be uncovered.

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