__/ [ NoStop ] on Tuesday 21 March 2006 14:55 \__
> It's simply amazing that after the great browser wars of a few years ago,
> where Gate$ went on a crusade against Netscape, that today he admits "the
> company messed up when it forgot to release new versions of Internet
> Explorer"! Is it possible that Microsoft could *forget* such an important
> thing because its primary concern is maximizing profits before serving its
> customers? Or was it just so caught up in expanding its empire into all
> other facets of our lives with "Windoze everywhere"? Maybe its memory is
> fading just because of old age? Whatever the answer is, we can be certain
> that non-thinking Wintards will just push this aside and excuse this lapse
> of memory as they line up for the next and greatest release of the Fista
> operating system.
This comes to show why competition is so utterly necessary. Without some
innovation from the competition, who would Bill and Associates have ever
copied from? Gadgets? Brushed metal? Transparency? Even fundamental things
like the World Wide Web and the Web browser were unavailable until the
coin finally dropped.
I truly hope, for the sake of the whole of humanity, that the O/S pie be-
comes less imbalanced. Thanks to Microsoft, almost 87% of the people are
stuck in 'old age' computing. Ironically, the folks in Africa will soon be
using a more modern O/S (Red Hat Linux) than their counterparts in the
West. While Joe Average in Midtown USA will stumble upon different Web
sites to collect fragile third-party applications, somebody in Africa will
have RPM patching up the system automatically. Think further. Multiple
desktops, scriptability, reliability, resilience....
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