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It's Not Over Yet 7 November 2001 Edition
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The local tech-news media is littered with stories about the demise of Flying Pig this morning -- it's almost as if they were surprised that the concrete porker couldn't fly.

So another of NZ's internet high-flyers hits the pan -- and I'm pretty sure we'll soon be seeing other similar crashes due to ill-conceived business models or just plain inept management.

Hey, I'm not saying that making money on the Net is easy -- if it was then everyone would be doing it, right?

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The Wheels Fall Off Microsoft's Deal
I bet there are a few execs at Microsoft who are feeling rather nervous right now.

The apparent miracle deal that was forged between itself and the US DOJ looks as if it might be scuttled by the reluctance of a growing number of states to accept it.

Just when MS thought it was out of hot water, its fate may once again be back in the hands of the courts.

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    e-Christmas Time
    About this time every year I ask readers what they think would be the ultimate computer or Net-related Christmas gift.

    Surprisingly, it seems to be getting harder not easier to come up with a gizmo or service that would make the average computer-user's heart race.

    It looks as if we're being spoilt by ever-faster processors, ever-cheaper RAM and ever larger hard drives.

    Exactly what would get your juices flowing this year?

    A nice shiny new copy of Windows XP?

    A 3G mobile phone with MP3 player?

    It's time to spill the beans -- let me know what you'd like. Who knows, maybe Santa reads Aardvark :-)

    2001 Awards?
    I'm tossing up whether or not it's worth running the Aardvark Awards for 2001.

    They're a hell of a lot of work and there are already a plethora of different awards that get handed out at this time of the year.

    You tell me -- are the Aardvark awards distinctive enough to warrant all that fuss and bother?

    As you all know, Aardvark doesn't carry advertising -- but if you tell me that the awards are worthwhile, I'll be looking for a sponsor so anyone looking to secure such a valuable piece of exposure can contact me now.

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    Yes, I have had several donations to the Aardvark fund and I thank those who put their money where their mouse is :-)

    If guilt is gnawing away inside you then there's still time to donate.

    Just drop by and hand over your loot.


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