[mso] Re: exe files

Extremely well put, Ray!

(Pssst...I know how to ride, but keep my "stabilizers" well in place just in
case some idiot tries to get in my way and make me fall!<wink>)

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From: mso-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:mso-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Ray Blake
Sent: Sunday, August 31, 2003 4:12 AM
To: mso@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [mso] Re: exe files

I bought my 4 year old son a bicycle. It has two big wheels, plus some
little wheels at the back to stop him falling over. Here in the UK, we call
these 'stabilisers'. I'm really happy about those little wheels, because in
most cases they stop him getting hurt, and they also mean that my wife and I
don't have to spend time and worry just because he wants to be mobile and
get some exercise.

One day he'll want to take those stabilisers off. He'll have to come to me
or his mother and ask us to take them off for him, because he doesn't know
how to use the spanner ('wrench' to you colonials) to do it himself. Before
we do so, we'll sit him down and talk about the consequences, including the
increased probability of getting hurt, and the need for him to look out for
himself. Then we'll take them off, and he'll ride his bike like a big boy.

The people who make the bikes have been supplying them with these
stabilisers fitted for many years now. Of course, there are kids of 4 who
have already leaned to ride without stabilisers, but the bikes that are
their size all come with stabilisers fitted anyway. But that's OK, because
it's easy to take them off if you know what you're doing. It seems to be the
best of both worlds. The manufacturers are taking a responsible position in
protecting the consumers and their families and the other people affected,
e.g. road and pavement ('sidewalk') users who would otherwise be at greater
risk. The educated consumer has an easy way to release fuller functionality
if he thinks that's the right thing to do.

I'm a big fan of Microsoft software, but I'm also critical when they get
things wrong. I really don't think this is one of those times. I am
delighted that Outlook comes with stabilisers.

Ray Blake

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