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1 Windows includes quite a few sneaky and beautiful hacks to make sure that when you upgrade to a new version of the operating system, all your old applications will continue to run. I first learned about this from one of the developers of the hit game SimCity, who told me that there was a critical bug in his application: it used memory right after freeing it, a major no-no that happened to work OK on DOS but would not work under Windows where memory that is freed is likely to be snatched up by another running application right away.
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Don Ferguson of IBM builds edifices of such sophistication and elaboration as to daunt the designers of the extraordinary archways of the Alhambra. Tim Berners-Lee created the Web as we know it today and preaches a sort of religion about the semantic Web from his aerie at MIT that is totally over my head. These are very smart gentlemen. One would be foolish to try to appear smart when speaking between them. Accordingly, I’m going to take the opposite tack. I’m going to talk about the virtues of KISS (which I’ll conveniently describe as keeping it simple and sloppy) and its effect on computing on the Internet.