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Big Brother Bill: It's 1984 all over Again!
by Mike Banks Valentine
Most of the commentary over the George Orwell's novel, "1984"
that occured in that year, was derision, saying that now
it was quite clear that the eerie picture painted of "Big
Brother" was unlikely, and certainly not possible.
Now Microsoft has proposed a sweeping web initiative which
Net" or .Net
in which they would be the "host" for the
personal information of every single online consumer. The
has some appeal as a possible way to access information
central bank of servers using XML code to withdraw selected
from the vast database of personal information about anyone
from a central "host".
To have web access to that information might save the life
accident victim allergic to medications or allow you to
cash from any bank via your cell phone.
The privacy implications though, are downright spooky. Now,
combine that information with newly available science-fiction-
software tested this year at the "Snooper-
Bowl" where certain law-enforcement agencies would
access to private personal information and high resolution
scans of the crowd and you have -- Big Brother. Combine
"Telematics" being used by car rental agencies
to track the location
and even the speed of their fleet of cars and now it gets
This is the George Orwell novel, "1984" come to
life, a little late,
but it's definitely here. Carry a cell phone? It will be
mandated that your phone must use global positioning technology
so that when used to dial emergency services via 911, you
located to within twenty feet or less. It doesn't take a
realize that could be used by Big Brother just as easily
Any idea if your boss is peering over your shoulder? More
quarters of corporate
employers monitor employees in multiple ways.
The following is from Onvia.com web article on workplace
"Although the average percentage of workers with office
Internet connections remained relatively constant, overall
monitoring grew to 78 percent from 74 percent in 2000. The
figure includes such measures as storing and reviewing computer
files (36 percent), video recording of employees on the
(15 percent), recording and reviewing telephone messages
(12 percent), and storing and reviewing voice mail (8 percent)
Other forms of surveillance, including telephone numbers
and time spent on the phone, logged computer time and video
surveillance for security purposes brought the total for
forms of monitoring to 82 percent, up from last year's 78
percent and from 67 percent in 1999."
Consider that Microsoft provides the desktop software to
of the corporate world and it doesn't take much of a stretch
the imagination to see them building in their own monitoring
Add to that, "Smart
Tags" that are being built into Microsoft
software so that all of their products are tethered together
they now have access to virtually all of your information
Outlook, Word, your calendar, your email addresses, your
your spreadsheets and your Powerpoint presentations.
The following quote came from a large computing company's
engineer, he was promised anonymity:
<-------- begin quote -------->
"Bill has held back technology in order to control
the growth at his
own pace and suck up every ounce of revenue along the way.
He is a
genius when it comes to business - probably the smartest
man to ever live!
When he released MSDOS (early 80's) there were plenty of
tasking OSs available - he released Windows NT in the mid
over ten years after the technology was available on the
have to be pretty smart to hold off that kind of technology
over ten years!
The consumer is just now starting to receive the benefits
multi-tasking OS's with Windows 2000 and still has no idea
how much technology they are missing!
He uses his install base of (90+%) of the client market
and kill every standard in his greedy profit hungry companies
Now he is trying to kill Java with SOAP, SNMP with CIMOM
He killed pop3 with exchange server - you have to buy your
email server from Microsoft. No open email standards will
his way - eliminate the competition!
The bottom line is Bill is the smartest business man in
industry and controls the pace of technology. You will not
technology until Bill can control and own the market!"
<-------- End of quote ------->
Bill Gates made $931 million as Microsoft shares rose about
percent, better than the Upside 150's 1 percent gain. The
chairman was worth $50.6 billion at the end of trading on
based on his company stock holdings. That would finance
Brother centralized database called .Net quite easily.
Are you ready for 1984?
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