More Microsoft bashing

  • From: "Troy V. Barkmeier" <barky@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Technocracy" <technocracy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2000 09:56:20 -0500

Sorry for the volume of posts, but I am absolutely full of righteous 
indignation this morning and it seems like almost everything I've read on 
the WWW today ought to be completely offensive to the entire human race.

In this latest example, Microsoft proves that it has been entrenched in a 
monopolistic mindset for so long that it can't even remember _how_ to 
play its hand in a poker game that isn't fixed.

Some lowlights:
"Whatever you think about Microsoft, pro or con...the stakes are pretty 
high for the industry," said Evan Cox from San Francisco law firm 
Covington & Burling, which represents Microsoft. "What's left after this 
case is legal rules that apply to everybody: tie-in rules, monopoly 
rules, having courts make decisions about what is an efficient or 
allowable integration and then supervise the companies that aren't." 
He said the government's insistence that Microsoft illegally bundled its 
Internet browser with its operating system means PC makers can't bundle 
popular products such as sound cards, graphics cards and modems, which 
have become standard features on the most affordable PCs. 

He also said the breakup would kill key initiatives-most notably the Java 
virtual machine and PocketPC. Microsoft executives have touted the 
handheld device as a strategic product that helps the computing industry 
move beyond the desktop and into everyday appliances. 

"The PocketPC initiative pretty much comes to an end because the 
operating system and Pocket applications are put in separate companies," 
Cox said. "Microsoft put the time and money into the two of those because 
they were hoping to build a market for that package. If you delink the 
operating system and apps, you have the classic chicken and egg system: 
Do you put a lot of effort into the operating system if you don't know if 
people will demand the apps? Do you put a lot of effort into the apps 
because you don't know the demand for the operating system?" 

Cox immediately caught himself, noting that "Um..oh...whoops, that's that 
whole 'competition' thing again, huh?" Those few PC Data luncheon 
attendees who were not hopelessly mired in FUD immediately rushed the 
stage and stabbed Cox to death with the stupid flat stylii from their 
color-blind HP Jornada PocketPCs.


Observation attributed to Prof. Robert Wilensky of the University of 
California at Berkeley:

"We've all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters 
will eventually reproduce the works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the 
Internet, we know this is not true."

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