Phil Greenspun's Story of ArsDigita gone, replaced with terse statement.
June 22, 2001 9:24 AM   Subscribe

Phil Greenspun's Story of ArsDigita gone, replaced with terse statement. Anyone have background on this? The google cache still exists of the page. Philip is an intelligent web thinker, and I hope he got a fair shake. The confidentiality agreement is a bummer though. Part of the appeal of Greenspun is how his life is so open on the web. Previous threads from MeFi.
posted by artlung (11 comments total)

 
Greenspun's story permanently archived here:
http://www.waxy.org/random/arsdigita/
posted by waxpancake at 9:49 AM on June 22, 2001


You can pretty much guess. Large (enough) settlement for Phil to spend some time in Europe nursing his wounds. next internet boom, someone takes him on as their in-house Bill Joy figure but don't let him near any actual management duties. He continues to win admirers and alienate coworkers. Eventually, the universe spirals into decay and heat death.
posted by rodii at 9:59 AM on June 22, 2001


Does anyone know when the replacement of the page happened?
posted by artlung at 10:04 AM on June 22, 2001


From this thread on his personal site, it looks like the page was changed around June 20th. Another thread discussing the case has been deleted. Of course, on past history, it won't take long for people here to find out the intimate details.
posted by holgate at 10:08 AM on June 22, 2001


(actually, that link is to arsdigita.com, so let's see how long it stays up...)
posted by holgate at 10:09 AM on June 22, 2001


god bless google cache.
posted by will at 11:42 AM on June 22, 2001 [1 favorite]


Two words: cash out. Good for him. Being paid to keep quiet is the best profession ever!
posted by bryanboyer at 12:36 PM on June 22, 2001


I thought the uptime service was meant to have been removed weeks ago.. still working for me though, I've been getting mails from it!
posted by wackybrit at 1:46 PM on June 22, 2001


will: amen!

bryan, rodii: yeah, looks like they're showing him the money. i look forward to what he's gonna do next. I'm ready for another book.

holgate: thanks for the link! looks like I'm a few days late catching this.

as for uptime - yes, they decided to kill it, then didn't because of resultant uproar, and I think now are asking for donations.

i think the metaphor Greenspun uses about the arsdigita execs: -- "like watching a group of nursery school children who've stolen a Boeing 747 and are now flipping all the switches trying to get it to take off" -- is not far off. they don't know what they have.
posted by artlung at 3:13 PM on June 22, 2001


Two words: cash out. Good for him. Being paid to keep quiet is the best profession ever!

Exactly. I wish I could get a deal like that.
posted by davewiner at 9:51 PM on June 22, 2001


That was a joke, for the humor-impaired amongst us.
posted by davewiner at 9:52 PM on June 22, 2001


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