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And they pretty much killed the use of GIFs over time,
at least, I seldom see people making them these days.
Plus, a lot of Unisys employees almost went after the
guy that did that with pitchforks because we were
excorciated. Pain begets obedience if not good will.
Unisys had a web browser project too, but dropped it because
they observed they would get everything they needed from
Microsoft. Here's the rub: it was a markup browser not
an HTML browser and the inside experts told them that
generalized markup had no future in the face of HTML. D'oh!
From: Tim Bray [mailto:email@example.com]
(a) I was talking about claiming patent rights on some basic
nonproprietary protocol/format like HTTP/XML/HTML etc, and
(b) Last time I checked neither of those are profitable :)
If there were an existence proof, it would be GIF, but the amount Unisys
raked in is trivial compared to the amount they've made selling
computers to support web applications of one kind or another -Tim