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After last week's Minute, I got some disturbing reports that subscribers on MSN were unable to receive mail from Readers told me that Microsoft has begun labeling my Michael's Minutes as 'spam' to users who have 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 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: " Michael's Minutes: You Don't Need an Education to Know Value." If you could send me email at 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 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 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,, 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 Edition, so whatever your musical preference is, you are sure to get something you like.


P.S. If you buy a LindowsOS MP3 Computer, e-mail me the name of your favorite song from any of the twelve albums, and I'll e-mail you mine.

Please visit to get answers to questions you may have about LindowsOS or, Inc. is a proud sponsor of the Desktop Linux Summit to be held in San Diego on February 20th and 21st. Companies, schools and individuals interested in learning how to deploy Linux on the desktop and save money at home, in schools or in business should attend. To learn more, visit

Bringing Choice to Your Computer! is a consumer company that brings choice to computer users., Inc. was started by Michael Robertson, founder and former CEO of LindowsOS is a modern, affordable and easy-to-use operating system that allows users access to hundreds of applications via the Click-N-Run (TM) Warehouse. All applications in the Click-N-Run Warehouse ( are licensed on a lifetime, per-person or family basis and can be downloaded, installed and run with just one-mouse click. LindowsOS is presently available on LindowsOS Certified Computers ( being offered from Builder partners ( LindowsOS can be ordered on CD and/or downloaded at

LindowsOS and are trademarks of, Inc. Linux® is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. MSN® is a registered trademark or service mark of the Microsoft Corporation.


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