QUALCOMM has just announced that its Eudora e-mail program will become an open source product effective the first half of calendar year 2007. As an open source product, it will be free to all customers. Surprisingly, they also announced that today would be the launch of the last commercial versions of Eudora, version 7.1 for Windows and version 6.2.4 for OSX.
I wonder if the popularity of programs such as Windows Live Mail Desktop, Thunderbird, Windows Live Custom Domains and Google Apps for Your Domain were the primary reasons for QUALCOMM to exit the e-mail program market.
Dare Obasanjo blogs about his recent meeting with Bill Gates and it’s a great read about what the Gates foundation has been doing in Africa. The funniest part of the blog was when Dare overheard a conversation when leaving the building where he met Bill. The conversation summarized below:
Visitor: Where is Bill Gates’s office?
Receptionist: I’m not at liberty to divulge that information.
Visitor: I need to see him, I just downloaded Windows Vista and I have a number of complaints
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
– A quote from Marianne Williamson’s book, “Return to Love”