This week's article is being written on Air-France's flight number
from Hawaii to Paris. My brand-new laptop (PIII 700 MHz, 512 Mb RAM/10
rocks and I had the authorization to use it even during takeoffs and
(Thanks to the Airbus on-board high-tech controller).
This month, I was invited to the
Kro$soft's expo Hawaii to give a talk on Free Software and how to
it to make BIG money.
On my way to the expo, I wandered on the Hawaii islands. It was an
trip. I was lucky enough to bring my new Windsurfing board and sail (I
one of those 80% carbon mast which is sooo light and cool) and tried
on one of those great spots known to the world where waves reach 10
high. We had great weather conditions and a good strong 30 knots
wind. It was a great time!
I was struck by the way locals use words: they used to call
rich tourist". I don't know why. I probably did not understand fully the
rationale behind all this. However, I had a great time trying to find a
brothel and, having found one, was disappointed to discover that none of
the girls there spoke English or French. These things happen...
Brothels, however, was exactly what our conference was about.
discovered that many of my email-friends were there. They did not
me. We discussed globalization and one of them raised an interesting
he explained us he had found a new Asian country where labor was even
than everywhere else. Unfortunately, He would not reveal the exact
but the few hints he gave us should be sufficient to find it.
I think I'll send two or three guys from my staff to have a look at
this. It may
be a great opportunity.
However, I was unpleasantly surprised to discover how many
there were at the conference. Not people like me or Billy but freaks
RMS crazy guy or a guy called Raph Levien. Each of them gave a talk on
"true philosophy of Free Software". This was just a heap of left-wing
crazyness and I doubt either of them had a grasp on the true nature of
market. To make things worse, they were obviously poor - one of
them had an old
rusty laptop and they were dressed like beggars (one did not even have
he wore socks and sandals!).
What made me shiver the most was the incredible crowd
all these poor not very well organized booths which were around. These
had obviously come in Hawaii by boat as hidden passengers. This was
Hopefully, there were good talks by a few of my friends:
they were stopping all support for Free Software users. They announced
use of Windaube as the core Operating System for all their products. How
this was !! Finally, people get to understand the true nature and
proprietary software. This guy developed an interesting new argument. He
that free software is a pain in the neck because it gives users full
power over the software:
you can't control the way they use it and if you do it wrong, users not
(which is bearable provided they do it quietly enough) but they also
change the product
to match their needs!! What a horror!! Can you imagine our world
to look like this?
My talk with Billy went very well. There were many people in
were interested by our new company which offers new proprietary
software. I am
confident in our ability to make them wait till we have added all the
in our software. I am pretty convinced we will crush all these Free
very soon :)
Overall, I had a great time there: I was warmly welcomed by
software developers. Billy from Kro$oft was a nice chap. He even paid
in the restaurant and the brothel :)
I'll be back in Hawaii soon. In less than a month, I'll be
the Kro$oft symposium on Windaube and I hope that many of you will come
Sarcasm? A cracking? I honestly don't think it was a crack, but
really, who cares? It was entertaining, if completely random. I
suppose that that's the most you can ask for out of articles. I got
lost on the bit about windsurfing and brothels, since that doesn't seem
to have anything whatsoever remotely to do with advogato or free
software, but sometimes brains work in a very roundabout way, so what
I'll say, (quite guardedly) thanks for posting this article. It was a
complete change of pace type of interesting read. I think.