And that was that. Top Justice Department attorney David Boies accused Microsoft of trying to "change the facts and change the subject." Indeed, nothing in the Clark mail foreshadows what the feds and Barksdale say occurred at the later meeting -- that is, Bill Gates' heavy-handed insistence that Microsoft and Netscape divide up the browser market between them. It's almost as if Bill Clinton had decided to introduce evidence of other philandering presidents into an impeachment inquiry -- interesting, perhaps even mitigating, but ultimately irrelevant. Microsoft's attorneys would like to throw the spotlight on equally dubious business practices elsewhere in the software industry, and this is by no means their last attempt. But this smoking gun, at least, is simply blowing smoke.