It was about a week and a half before the end of March, 1998.
The source code was going to hit the wire on March 31st, and though
there was a general sense that we needed to have a party, nothing had
as yet been done about it.
In one of our meetings, I laid out the plan: rent out a nightclub in San
Francisco, invite the world, and broadcast it over the net. ``You mean
invite non-employees to the party? But we've never done that before...''
People were incredulous. ``It's a new world,'' I said. ``We're
giving away the code. We're sharing responsibility for development of our
flagship product with the whole net, so we should invite them to the party as
I did some research, called some friends, and we found that one
of San Francisco's largest nightclubs,
Factory, was available on wednesday night, April 1st.
I reported back, and was met with what, in the most generous terms, can
only be described as pathetic whining. ``But San Francisco is so far
away,'' they bleated. ``Why don't we just have a party in the
Damn the torpedoes. I was having a party and they couldn't stop me.