Off topic, but a good read

Patrick Turnage patrickt at
Wed Mar 5 12:20:06 EST 2003

Hi Ryan.
Internet service providers are quite expensive to start and most smaller
companies in the United States have been bought up by the baby bells or
larger internet providers. Maybe a cheeper solution would be to advertise
as a manufacturer of computers. You put the system together install Linux
either with or with out speakup support and x or no x based on the
customer's preferences and maybe you include a book or two.. who knows.. 
At 12:03 PM 3/5/2003 -0500, you wrote:
>You said you were trying to come up with some ideas for a small business.
>Have you thought about trying to start an internet service provider that
>fully supports Linux?  Maybe you could start a system where a customer can
>contract to use your ISP for a certain amount of time.  In return they are
>given a computer with a Linux distribution pre-installed and set up to use
>your internet service provider.  If the customer decides to cancel their
>account before the contract is up, they have to pay for the computer.
>On Wed, 5 Mar 2003, Steve Holmes wrote:
>> My god! that was sure a looooong one but quite interesting.  I had no
>> idea how devicive and manipulative Microsoft really was.  We all poke
>> fun at them and I know them to be controlling and all that but
>> conspiring? Theyreally want to take control of the vertical and
>> horizontal, don't they:).  As I was reading along, every time I heard
>> the terms "open source", linux, alternatives, I kept getting a feeling
>> of fresh air when that microsoft domination stuff started really
>> getting me down.
>> Meanwhile, I'm sitting here trying to group together some ideas for a
>> small business opportunity to perhapse, exploit some of the hopefully,
>> growing anti microsoft centiment.
>> On Wed, Mar 05, 2003 at 06:36:18AM -0330, Doug Lawlor wrote:
>> > On Tue, Mar 04, 2003 at 01:19:21PM -0700, Dawes, Stephen wrote:
>> > >  Thanks, you didn't miss the mark at all on this one.
>> >
>> > I would like to second that one.    Thanks for the pointer to the
>> > article.
>> >
>> > Doug
>> >
>> >
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