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January 27, 2003

The World's Shortest Affiliation

Posted by Mike on January 27, 2003 9:54 PM

While doing the research preparatory to telling Sam to go get stuffed, I came across a few things that changed my mind about just how nice it is to link to Amazon, let alone push sales its way.

It isn't. Between the clusterbomb of layoffs and outsourcing it dropped on union organizers, and its unrepentant abuse of patents, it seems best to leave Amazon alone.

Did I not know about these issues before I set out to set up the affiliate links on the site? Yes, I did. But until I re-researched the issue, I didn't take time to remember that an issue "dropping off the radar" doesn't mean the issue is resolved. Boycotts can be stupid and pointless, but so is giving your money to assholes when you can find an alternative.

Two years too late, Tim O'Reilly wins my "flashback to self-serving dot-bomb cynicism" award. It'll be a happy day when the bobos get lost.


A victory for Sam is a victory for freedom! :P

Posted by: Sam at January 28, 2003 8:07 AM

He who sneaks up on Sam sneaks up on his own ass-kicking!

Posted by: Ed at January 28, 2003 8:23 AM