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A long time ago there was this little guy called David who single-handedly
took on a giant and knocked the stuffing out of him.
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Ever since this little vignette appeared in the pages of the Bible it has
been a popular story, serving as the basis for many other tales which
have us rooting for the little guy in his struggle against overwhelming odds.
There was a time when the computer software and Internet industries were
rich with Davids and equally filled with the corpses of giants who were too
slow, too stupid, or just too big to keep up.
Those were the days when innovation and fast footwork were key ingredients
for success in a rapidly evolving marketplace.
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About 15 years ago I recall reading with some interest how there were a growing
number of programmers who'd written "killer apps" for the Apple II, TRS80 and
other microcomputers of the day. These guys were almost exclusively one-man-bands
and some of them became incredibly rich, virtually overnight.
Meanwhile, IBM and the rest of the Goliaths were sitting around laughing at
these boys with their toy computers.
Even little Billy Gates was once a David -- but my, how the excesses of
success have seen a growth spurt there eh?
The same happened when the Net came along.
When they began to cobble together a rather elementary online directory of
websites, the guys who started Yahoo! were hardly seen as being on their way
towards creating one of the most valuable (pre 2000 crash) businesses in the
Unfortunately, the days when smart people can combine a great idea with lots
of sweat and defeat the "big guys" have passed.
We have now entered the era of litigation rather than innovation.
The quality of your ideas and the dedication of your efforts are no longer
much of a factor in your success. It's the depth of your pockets and the savvy
of your lawyers that are far more likely to be the critical factors determining
whether you will sink or swim as an Internet entrepreneur.
Take for example the battle against spam...
Blacklists are an effective method of forcing delinquent operators to
sure-up the security of their mailservers so as to protect the innocent emailing
public from excessive ads for pornography, bogus diets and work-from-home scams.
Unfortunately, these lists tend to attract the unwanted attention of some
goliaths who find it easier to simply sue the list operator rather than sort
out their problems.
Last year we saw the demise of ORBS and now it appears that ORBZ is shutting
up shop due to litigation from the purveyors of Lotus Domino.
A couple of years ago our universities and technical institutes were flooded
students looking for a career in IT or the Net. If
turns out to be true then I suspect that many students will once again opt
for a degree in law rather than one in IT.
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Aardvark's Garage Sale
It's time to clear out the closet here at Aardvark's country residence so I'm
having a bit of a garage sale. I need to spend a whole lot more time
and money on my jet engine R&D activities (now that the defense industry
has shown a very real interest) -- so I'm trying to scrape up some more cash.
First up -- I'm selling my pulsejet manufacturing business. This would be
perfect for either a semi-retired engineer/machinist who wants to earn some
pretty good money building these things and exporting them to the world -- or
an established engineering shop who want to break into a new (very export
I can provide an ongoing stream of orders through my website and since
I've run out of time to meet the demand, the sale will include a growing
"waiting list" of new customers ready to place their orders.
Second up -- I've still got 300,000 7am.com shares (representing about 30% of
the company) that I'm looking to unload. I'm afraid I can't offer much
information on the state of the company -- they haven't spoken with me for ages
so it's a bit of a pig in a poke. However, they survived the most critical
part of the dot-com crash and are now claiming to have nearly 250,000 websites
in their ticker network so that's got to be worth something. Any sale would
be subject to other shareholders exercising their preferential rights --
but all offers will be considered.
Thirdly -- I have an RC model helicopter here that I have built but never flown.
It's a Robbe Mosquito Basic with a JR X-3810 radio, JR piezo gyro, OS46FSH
engine and a Dave Brown flight simulator. Everything was purchased brand-new
a couple of years ago and is in pristine condition (having spent all that time
in a box in the storeroom). Since I haven't had any
time to fly it in the past two years I figure there's little chance I'll find
time to fly it in the next two years, so out it goes.
Anyone interested in any of these things should
drop me a line.
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