____/ Rex Ballard on Sunday 02 September 2007 03:06 : \____
> On Sep 1, 11:31 am, "ness...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx"
> <ness...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Here, have some of this Kool-Aid I've been drinking. Some nice people
>> from Redmond, Wash., sent it to me. It's so tasty! Go ahead, take a
>> swig. You'll love it.
> By the way, the reference to Kool-Aid, for those of you who weren't
> even born yet,
> was the Kool-Aid that Jim Jones gave to his followers during their
> Suicide Drills as
> "Proof of their faith". Only problem was that the last round of Kool-
> Aid was laced
> with cyanide, and the mothers were feeding the Kool-Aid to their
> babies before drinking
> their own dose. Those who didn't drink the Kool-Aid, were shot with
> semi-automatic weapons.
I read this article about a month ago. The stories behind it are interesting.
Also recently (with highlighted bits of text):
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| Last night Joe and I got in this huge discussion, and I was cursing out
| Microsoft. It’s been rough the past couple of days and M$ has not been making
| my life very easy. Every time I turn around I have to ghetto-fy my web sites
| to make them work in IE…
| See… There are these things called Web Standards which were put into place to
| make web designer’s lives easier. As in, if they script to web standards,
| then all standards compliant browsers will show the site exactly correct.
| Well, I always script to web standards. The PROBLEM is that Microsoft decides
| that they are just going to do things THEIR way...
| Besides the fact that all of the Microsoft employees I have ever encountered
| must have been brainwashed. I don’t know where they dig these people up.
| And if they AREN’T brainwashing them, then they are just hiring incompetant,
| pompous dumbasses. And if either is the case, why should anyone support their
Also, here is a message from the OP:
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| Wow, this is absolutely devastating! As near as I can tell, the poor
| guy at Microsoft has been trying to support open standards against
| management. He doesn't say much about the history, i.e. the fact that
| Microsoft didn't do anything with IE until they were recently forced to
| by Firefox competition. The feedback is amazing. Example:
| So if you believe that the reason for IE's lack of standards support is
| something other than malice of forethought to strangle other browsers,
| you are wrong. If you have followed the anti-trust trial you would have
| seen the actual evidence for these decisions. Microsoft is an
| anti-competitive company run by unethical shitheads.
| This won't change until the workforce is slashed and the entire company
| culture changes. Steve Ballmer is the king of the shitheads, so when he
| goes things might get better. But until then, expect MS to only do the
| absolute minimum to defuse the worst criticism. Remember my words:
| unethical shitheads.
| End quote
| Erik cited this same guy's blog a few days ago to support the notion
| that Microsoft is dedicated to standards compliance and is doing the
| reasonable thing (I think that's why he cited it). The way this story
| has developed, it shows exactly the opposite, and is very revealing
| about sentiments out there in the developer world.
Last but by no means least, Microsoft admits its dirty little trick/crime (just
Is Microsoft learning from Web standards mistakes?
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| In a video interview with ZDNet Australia last month, Microsoft blogger and
| group manager of technical community, Frank Arrigo, explained how important
| it is for the Redmond giant to follow Web standards.
| "Standards are important," said Arrigo, who admitted that Microsoft had been
| guilty of ignoring them in the past. "If you look at IE6, we didn't quite
| follow all the standards but standards are important ... IE7 as an example is
| trying to address that."
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| From: Bill Gates
| Sent: Saturday, December 05, 1998 9:44 AM
| To: Bob Muglia (Exchange); Jon DeVaan; Steven Sinofsky
| Cc: Paul Mariz
| Subject: Office rendering
| One thing we have got to change is our strategy -- allowing Office
| documents to be rendered very well by OTHER PEOPLES BROWSERS is one of the
| most destructive things we could do to the company.
| We have to stop putting any effort into this and make sure that Office
| documents very well depends on PROPRIETARY IE capabilities.
| Anything else is suicide for our platform. This is a case where Office has
| to to destroy Windows.
Stephane R. found this in BN and put this quote in a highly popular paper that
shows why OOXML is broken.
~~ Best of wishes
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