28 posts • joined 5 May 2008
True, in a way it is akin to any idiot today taking up smoking with all that we now know. But some consideration should be given those early and recent adopters who, um, trusted Facebook (and the, um, dripping with integrity Zuck behind it). Nobody is forced to stay (or join), but the damage is done to those who already have.
Easy for me to say, "See, I told you so," since I never took the Facebait. But that being said, I know I'm in a minority - every time someone says "You don't have Facebook?!" or "friends" that used to maintain contact via personal (or even shot-gunned) email now just do it wholesale on Facebook.
Avoiding Facebook is like avoiding Microsoft - it can be done, but not always done easily.
Re: Ubuntu got there first
Hmmm.... Now that you mention it. But at least I could turn that off with Ubuntu.
Re: What are they thinking/smoking?
Count me as one of those straight Ubuntu users who is taking Mint for a spin (and liking it) after being subjected to Unity. Leave it to Canonical to jump into the phone arena with a product that its own users don't like.
"Microsoft recently bought 666,000 addresses...."
"Think Stockholm Syndrome for operating systems."
That's perfect. Windows (and Office, and IE) is the definitive "devil you know."
Your Words to God's Ears...
But I fear that the Beast has much up its sleeve - including massive amounts of money to throw at whatever (or whomever) it takes to survive. Also, morals and ethics have never gotten in the way of Microsoft's style of doing business.
Microsoft is too big to fail - but opposite the way that we've recently seen other companies and entities deemed to be the same. MS is too big to fail because they have too MUCH money, enough to buy their way out of just about anything.
Best used with Microsoft....
"Microsoft would 'continue to invest in and support Skype clients in Non-Microsoft platforms.' In other words, Mac and Linux versions of the VoIP service will still be developed by the team, but presumably the main focus will be on Windows support from here on in."
I'm guessing that's putting it quite mildly, an attempt to calm down the Mac- and Penguinheads spooling up for a storm. The reality, in time, will be quite different. This Penguinhead will be enjoying what I'm sure will be a crippled version of Skype when compared to what the Win7 kids get to play with.
We kill all the fucking lobbyists.
Sure Ya Can
You'll be putting "cloud" on the banned list right after Microsoft trademarks it - Microsoft Cloud. Once upon a time they were just windows, too.
I Regret to Inform You...
"Surely there can't be that many inbred rednecks who'll vote for her?
"Please tell me there arn't."
I regret to inform you that, while they may not all qualify as "inbred rednecks," we Americans do indeed have a large number of idiots that will never see this woman for the imbecile that she is. Unfortunately, a very clever and dangerous imbecile.
Bilgepipe v. Anonymous Coward
You both have valid points, but Bilgepipe gets the upvote for not being *off* point. This ain't about Apple.
Now That's F-ing Balls
"Microsoft dropped an open letter ... that accused the company of trying to lock customers into a technology platform..."
They truly have no shame.
We've been using SugarCRM (after finally retiring that godawful Act!) in a Linux server/Windoze desktop/Firefox browser (IE prohibited) shop. A buck says a fresh new world of trouble awaits as the Beast has sunk its talons into Sugar and starts nudging it toward their usual "best used with MS..." tactics while crippling competing products.
Fuckin' Microsoft. To borrow from Visa, it's everywhere I *don't* want it to be.
This Could Get Me Back
Ford lost the potential of ever getting me as a customer once they got into bed with Microsoft, but GM lost me as a long-term customer thanks to the recent shyte they've been bullding. Between things looking up in terms of quality at GM, plus their (maybe) choosing Google over the Beast, I may look at the brand again.
Once Again I'll Try...
...to install a version of Ubuntu that will like magic make magic with my Atheros wireless crap in my Toshiba laptop, and not make me spend days in the forums and config files getting it to work. Who knows? Maybe this time will be the charm.
The Kill Shot
For everyone who thinks this might push people *toward* OO, say Hi to the Easter Bunny and Santa for me. My money is on this greed-based decision being the shot that puts OO down for good, and anyone sitting on the fence deciding OO v. MSO will jump down and head toward Microsoft.
Thanks a lot, Larry, you fucking asshole.
Leave No Road Unowned
"Why Microsoft feels it has to follow Google down this retched road is beyond me."
Because Microsoft wants to own every single road, even the shitty ones.
Drug Dealers at the Playground
An A.C. writes, "Yet another student discount. Why do students get all the breaks?"
By that comment I presume you mean Office Student & Teacher Edition, etc.
Because the first hit is (almost) free. Hook 'em in school and they'e hooked for life. Not that it's a done deal - Apple tried that way back, and all the kids found out was once they left school, it was a Windows world.
When you have Microsoft's deep pockets, you can afford to give away something nobody wants, or cares that much about otherwise. It worked - in part thanks to the failure of the U. S. Department of Justice - splendidly for IE v. Netscape; the rest is history.
I'm all for the concept of getting our fat asses, where possible and practical, into electrics, but do they all have to look as if they came from Playskool? Honest to [insert deity here], these "cars" look like a cross between a child's toy and a geriatric scooter.
A Knock at the Door...
Your friends at Microsoft sent you this giant wooden horse as a gift. Where would you like us to put it?
Bad For Biz
It's a shame that no one (perhaps including Google) is doing what's right overall, but merely what's good for self-interest (and shareholders).
But whenever Microsoft chimes in about unfair practices/tactics, I have to laugh. Or I would, if it were funny, and not disgusting and hypocritical.
It's over, man. Let It go.
I loathe Microsoft probably more than the average Microsoft hater, and was loyal to Opera from about v. 2.x through 8.x, but there comes a time when you just have to give up. Firefox came along and, for whatever reason, found enough of a following, gained more market share in months than Opera could in years, and website developers (and even Microsoft) had to take notice and work with it or face a firestorm of complaints from users. I loved Opera, but it got futile to be one of three people taking the time to bitch at every site that wouldn't work with it, and to be (rightfully) ignored as they thought, "For less than 1% of our users we're going to spend time and money?"
Mi Chiamo Stan
Speaking of Rosetta Stone, if you've ever seen the dumb "farmboy and the model" ad, the New Yorker had this retort:
You're fucking kidding me.
Could the popularity of netbooks be a result of "notebooks" growing in size to the point that, if this progresses, we'll be dragging along "portables" the size of Osborne-1s? I had the pleasure of working on one of Toshiba's wide-screen, all the bells-and-whistles laptops a few days ago and can't imagine dragging that cumbersome thing around with me - in addition to whatever else I might need for the trip - and calling it "portable." The netbook is Marketing at work again: now we don't need one, we don't need two, we need three computers - plus a "smart" phone that's also heading in the wrong size direction in - our e-lives.
I'm beginning to believe those who are saying that Microsoft is showing signs of desperation.
Popular v. Most Used
Stolen from up there...
"[IE is] by far and away the most used browser, because it's mostly just about good enough that people use it by default.... no-one who uses another browser ever goes back by choice."
Exactly. IE is the AOL of browsers: Everyone who finally leaves AOL wonders why it took them so long to do it in the first place. So too with Internet Exploder.
Best of Luck
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