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    Re: RealNames plays Unreal
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Tuesday May 14 2002, @07:13AM (#6324)
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    Keith Teare now has a weblog full of fascinating stuff. He say's he'll be on CNET radio at 12:15 pm PT Tuesday. You can tune in in San Francisco on 910 AM, in Boston on 890 AM, and elsewhere via the internet here, afterwards archived. He'll be interviewed by David Coursey, Executive Editor of Anchor Desk, who has written about RealNames demise here. There's an earlier CNET audio interview here.

    Not that I want to reproduce the entire blog here, but Teare also posts a revealing Kevin Murphy piece about the impact this will have on Veri$ign's IDN service.

    And M. Stuart Lynn sends him a letter of condolence (and apparently also wrote Bill Gates, though that doesn't seem to be available) reproduced below.

    -----Original Message-----
    From: M. Stuart Lynn [mailto:lynn@icann.org]
    Sent: Sunday, May 12, 2002 8:42 PM
    To: kteare@hotmail.com
    Subject: Sympathy

    Dear Keith:

    I was saddened to hear of the demise of RealNames at the hands of Microsoft. It must be very hard for you and all of your colleagues after all that you have put into it. I think you are right: the real story is that Microsoft wants to do it itself, control it, and own it. This does not bode well for the future of Internet navigation.

    What I do not understand is why they would rather not buy you out rather than let you go.

    I hope you can rebound soon and get into some other business that is not vulnerable to Microsoft. You have been a good friend to ICANN, and we hope we can work with you in some other capacity.

    What happens to all of the keywords that have been issued? Will they cease to resolve, or does Microsoft expect to continue the service?

    Warm regards and best wishes for your next steps.

    Stuart

    Lynn seems a tad concerned about Micro$oft. I somehow doubt David Hernand of new.net would get a similar letter in similar circumstances. Must be the inclusion of those pesky dots. -g
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    Oops
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Tuesday May 14 2002, @10:31AM (#6329)
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    Oops. The Keith Teare weblog link should be here. Httip? Must be the hypertext transfer idiot protocol. And using Internet Explorer the RealName Keith Teare gets you there, but you have to put up with it opening a Micro$oft Network Search page, with the first listing being teare.com, followed by other search results. As tbyfield said, RealNames became indistinguishable from a paid search engine placement. That doesn't strike me as something that would cause me to use RealNames. Or MSN Search. Or Internet Explorer.

    My web browser of choice is Opera. Within its URL line if I type:

    g keith teare
    I am taken to this page, as g by default in Opera's URL line means do a search on Google. Compare that to what one gets via the RealName keith teare here. There is no comparison, except that both list teare.com first.

    Beyond that, Google is far faster than MSN, partly because it isn't full of ads (and MSN feeds me a doubleclick.net popunder ad for Casino On Net for good measure). Google's results are arguably more relevant, you can decide yourself from the links above, Google presently lists tbyfield's article above on the first page, for example. :) In addition, Opera bills itself as the world's faster browser. I don't know if that is true but it sure beats Infernal Exploder and Netscrape. Opera also easily allows you to turn off popunder ads, and is available for more operating systems than IE, which are in turn generally faster than Windoze bloatware. Like I say, no comparison.

    Keith Teare, whose interview on CNET I've just listened to, seems a visionary in many ways, he is someone who sees what the internet could be, rather than what it is, with echoes of Ted Nelson's Xanadu. If we do get there it seems Micro$oft wants to be there to greet us. In the meantime /my choice of keyword/Opera/Google/ blows the doors off /Realnames/IE/MSN/. -g

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