After last week's Minute, I got some disturbing
reports that subscribers on MSN were unable to receive mail from Lindows.com.
Readers told me that Microsoft has begun labeling my Michael's
Minutes as 'spam' to users who have @msn.com accounts. This immediately
files incoming messages into a "Junk" folder without ever giving the subscriber
the chance to read it. Since Michael's Minute is sent only to people
who visit Lindows.com
and ask for a subscription - it is never sent unsolicited - this interferes
with our business.
Perhaps this is just an innocent error on Microsoft's part, but that's
hard to believe given Microsoft's past. If it walks like a duck, quacks
like a duck and has been twice convicted of being a duck in Federal Court
- even the biggest skeptics must concede that it's a duck. Many of you probably
remember Microsoft's legal troubles related to blocking Blue Mountain
Arts greeting card emails.
Here's what you can do to help us collect more information on this troubling
situation. If you're an MSN subscriber or know of an MSN subscriber who
receives Michael's Minute, please check for last week's Michael's Minute.
It was sent on 1/15/03 with a title of: "Lindows.com Michael's Minutes:
You Don't Need an Education to Know Value." If you could send me email
at email@example.com with your
experience, that would be helpful. Please be sure to include your MSN email
address. You may have to look in your "Junk" folder to find the Michael's
Minute and if you do find it in there, please forward it to
firstname.lastname@example.org in its entirety.
Thanks for helping us investigate this further.
Now onto some fun business.
It's well-known Net folklore that "MP3" is consistently the number one
search term on the Internet. A recent report pinned "Linux" as number 5.
So what do you get when you combine those two? LindowsOS MP3.com Edition!
New computers ship with mostly empty disk space, so we thought it would
be great to include a dozen "Greatest Hits" type albums pre-loaded onto
the hard drive to greet a new LindowsOS user.
These aren't restrictive music files that you
listen to once and then they evaporate - but rather, complete, high-quality
songs in the industry standard MP3 format, so you can use them to make CDs
for the car, load onto your portable player or combine them with your own
music collection. We worked with our partner, MP3.com, to have their musicologists
cull the very best songs from their massive million-song library and it's
all yours free when you buy any LindowsOS MP3 Computer. Today you can buy an affordable LindowsOS
MP3 Computer for under $300. Because you're getting the equivalent of
12 Greatest Hits CDs of music and a computer for one low price, this is a
great bargain! There's a wide variety of music on the LindowsOS MP3.com Edition,
so whatever your musical preference is, you are sure to get something you like.