re: Paris, I'm sure she knows more about safe Hex than some of the muppets who set site update policy or don't bother checking their AV is working correctly.
Call them Lemmings, who after years of abuse [yes/no/maybe] [error 35654@54] [contact your system administrator] they figured out that just clicking on something till it maybe works, is the quickest solution. reading the given information is proved to be a loss of time ..... .
Result, switch off updates (you cannot always trust them), remove anti-virus programs else you cannot access your favorite word document of music stick without those annoying messages and overkill popups.
re: I think you will find that Bill has always said he is first and foremost a businessman, so one cannot really blame the Windows mess on his inferior programming skills
That is oh so true, business first, if the product works for you, be happy, if it does not .. wait and pay for the next update. MS does really care about NOT having high quality, else they will never be able to sell an update or new version, and THAT is bad for business.
(yes, there are OSses out there that you install once and forget for the next xx years, like some Novell servers, IBM flavors and that does not make money, thus VERY VERY bad for business)
re: $250.000 ...
What an awfull cheap offer, but again business is MS-business, they don't really care about 250k, but it covers the FREE advertisement/name-recognition in several magazines, newspapers, etc
As long as MS does not loose $$$$$ they are not really trying to invest $ in training users/administrators to keep their systems running clean.
They rather sell you a new update/version,whatever
I prey that MS does not go down, because all the sh$t that comes with them makes for me $$ to fix it, and that pays the bills.
But at my places everything is MS free, so i have at least some place to work relaxed without being afraid for the next crash.
My coat .. filled with OS/2,OpenSuse,Ubuntu for relaxed work and a xp-ue copy to make $$