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April Fools Gotchas

April Fools Gotchas — The mail has been thick over the weekend in response to our traditional April Fools issue (TidBITS-524), and all we can say is, "No mas!" That, and we’d like to apologize to all the people who were suckered by the articles in that issue, especially the one reporting on the internal Microsoft memo that outlined a plan to sell the company’s Macintosh business unit to Apple as a concession to the Justice Department (special thanks to Omar Shahine, the Microsoft Outlook Express program manager, for providing the quotes that lent that extra touch of verisimilitude to the article). Fewer people fell for our discussion of the proposed MRML standard (Mind Reading Markup Language), but Geoff Duncan’s tongue-in-cheek suggestion for how software companies could encourage more users to upgrade – documents that wear out as you use them – has unfortunately been well-received by some larger Macintosh software developers who shall remain nameless. [ACE]

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