...about those bad boys, Microsoft? I mean, what does it matter to us? Who gives a rat's a$$?<br><br>I know, I'm as guilty as anyone; I've done my fair share and then some of b!tching about M$. But shouldn't we just get over it?<br><br>Frankly I don't enjoy hearing about them more than is absolutely necessary. Can we get through a whole week without posting about some scandal or other involving them, or posting some comment or other about their latest security issue?<br><br>Actually, I don't believe we can. But hey, there's a challenge. <br><br>
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<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p> Can we get through a whole week without posting about some scandal or other involving them, or posting some comment or other about their latest security issue?<p><hr></blockquote><p><br>I think we had been without MS bashing for weeks until just recently, it was about time for our fix! <br><br><br>
I give a rats ass cause I don't want them to totally take over the market. I know, nothing I can do about it, but it sure is nice to show my friends who are PC users articles such as what was posted earlier. I would never have seen it had it not been posted here. <br><br>So, I say keep 'em coming! <br><br><br>[color:red]Don't make me open this on you!</font color=red><br>
Forgive me for talking to myself here, but we really can't do it. If we didn't have M$ as whipping boy, we'd either have to invent some other entity to blame our woes on or, perish the thought, have a more critical look at the shortcomings of our own platform of choice. But, of course, we do have M$ to seethe at and sneer at.<br><br>Actually, M$ was and is a ferocious predator, and I'm sure few could doubt that they frequently do whatever they feel they need to to survive, regardless of the damage they inflict upon their competitors. Even some within the PC community feel the urge to vent their Anti M$ feelings (mostly pro-open-source folk it seems) and many seem to be of the opinion that the world would be a much better place without Redmond. <br><br>But I wonder at the standard Mac mentality that generates such a lot of glee from M$'s misfortune. I for one consider that rather unhealthy. Maybe I'm wrong? As a community, is it healthy to obsess upon the misdeeds and misfortunes of others in order to feel better about ourselves? Hmmm...<br><br>Apparently so.<br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>but it sure is nice to show my friends who are PC users articles such as what was posted earlier.<p><hr></blockquote><p>But why is it "nice"? Why do you feel good about it? Is it a sort of "Look, you PC loving idiot...look what you and your kind have done!" thing? <br>And haven't they (M$) already taken over the market, for all intents? It seems like we might as well complain because we don't like the color of the sky, for all the actual good it does. <br><br>I guess our place in the overall scheme of things is such that we need to enjoy M$'s misfortune to get any satisfaction out of our Mac status. If I'm right, then that's a pity.<br><br>But I could be wrong. <br><br>
I only do it when they do something that affects me, or if someone else brings it up. However, if people don't bash microsoft in the presence of others, they will start to think MS is a good system. Too many people already do. By bashing MS we are helping to preserve the Mac platform. We are doing it so people realize and look for the alternatives.<br><br>If the Mac platform had 20 or 25% share, then there'd be no need to bash MS so much. We're just trying to keep MS from enjoying a 100% monopoly.<br><br>
I guess that if Apple had a 25% share we wouldn't have to worry so much about MS defining cyber reality for everyone. But since that's not the case, we do have to worry. I hate the idea that MS will single-handedly replace the mp3 format with its own proprietary format, for instance, and make that new format standard. I hate the idea that MS will have Palladium impose an automatic policing function on all of cyber space, whether you're running windows or not. I hate the idea that MS will collaborate with Mr. Ashcroft and Admiral Poindexter to make privacy a thing of the past. And on it goes. I really have no beef at all against MS software, which I use all the time--in fact, am using right now as I type this. It's the non-technical, non-computer, quasi-governmental function of MS's self-conception that frightens me.<br><br>edit: I hate to bring up the F word, but it's a matter of fact that a system of economics/government in which private enterprise works hand-in-glove with government is officially "fascistic." Think about that next time you see "Monkeyboy" in action <br><br>Great wits are sure to madness near allied.--John Dryden, "Absalom and Achitophel"<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by yoyo52 on 12/11/02 09:33 AM (server time).</EM></FONT></P>
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There's plenty wrong with Apple, the Mac and MacOSX... but they make such great stuff and the processor problems are not really their problem, rather it is Motorolla's problem. So it's difficult to be mad at Apple. That, and I think it's the American way of siding with the underdog!<br><br><br>Visit me here!
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I still think it's fun poking at MS. After all if you can't make fun of MS then you might get miserable when you have to cough up the dough for Office X or gripe at the fact that IE on the Mac is nowhere near IE on Windows.<br><br>It's time for another Monkey boy video!<br><br><br>
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