John Carroll

John Carroll has delivered his opinion on ZDNet since the last millennium. Since May 2008, he is no longer a Microsoft employee. He is currently working at a unified messaging-related startup.

Latest Posts

What's wrong with antitrust

Markets create their own equilibrium, and government does best when it leaves the shape of that equilibrium to the aggregate choices of market systems.

August 17, 2005 by John Carroll

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On browsers and competition

Microsoft is talking a lot more about Windows Vista, and articles related to it are littered across the web. The LinuxWorld Expo is this week, too, and the growth of that conference is a sure sign of the growing maturity of the Linux products market.

August 9, 2005 by John Carroll

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Art and profit in open source

Joe Brockmeier wondered aloud in a recent post to his blog whether open source really needs a business plan. As he states: This has always struck me as odd, as it is akin to asking "what is the business plan for punk rock?

August 5, 2005 by John Carroll

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Licensing double standards

Microsoft's recent attempts at curbing piracy through its new Windows Genuine Advantage 1.0 software has, according to an article today on ZDNet, been hacked.

July 29, 2005 by John Carroll

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Is municipal Wi-Fi a bad thing?

In an article yesterday on ZDNet, Irwin Mark Jacobs, former CEO of Qualcomm and now its chairman, weighed in with his opinion on municipal funding of Wi-Fi networks. Quoting the article: "I don't think there's a ban required,...

July 26, 2005 by John Carroll

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The WGIG should embrace English

I printed last week the Report of the Working Group on Internet Governance, and finally got around to reading it. The Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) was set up pursuant to goals set out at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which I attended in December of 2003 while working at the World Health Organization (WHO).

July 20, 2005 by John Carroll

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