Re: Yuri Rubinsky

Subject: Re: Yuri Rubinsky
From: John Wilcox <wilcox -at- PCD -dot- NET>
Date: Thu, 1 Feb 1996 15:36:09 -0800

> From: Simon North[SMTP:snorth -at- tedopres -dot- nl]
> Sent: Thursday, February 01, 1996 12:44 AM
> To: wilcox -at- PCD -dot- NET; techwr-l -at- vm1 -dot- ucc -dot- okstate -dot- edu
> Subject: Re: Yuri Rubinsky

> <flame>
> What a rotten thing to say about Yuri ... comparing him to Bill Gates.
> Yuri was everything that Gates could never be and symbolised the
> antithesis. Even though Yuri represented SoftQuad, on SGML matters
> he was open, honest and totally unbiased even to the stage of giving
> up a chance to promote his own company and products. Yuri Rubinski, and
> I'm sure the SGML community will support me in this, stood for open
> standards - which is what SGML is all about - not closed, proprietory
> solutions such as the Gates of this world would have us buy from them.
> </flame>

Holster that weapon, partner. I'm on your side! Sorry you took my
comparison so negatively, Simon. I meant it as a compliment. Though I
don't agree with the direction Gates has taken Micro$oft over the last
several years, and though I don't think he deserves much of the glory
the fawning press has given him, and though I'm not thrilled that the
world seems to have gone after him, I acknowledge Gates as an very
influential, enterprising, standard-setting visionary. Gates is a man
of prominence in the eyes of the world; Rubinsky is in mine.

Best regards,

John Wilcox

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