Nuke Redmond!

From: Richard Erlacher <>
Date: Thu Jan 11 19:30:01 2001

Sir, you damage your credibility with statements like some you've made here.
While it's true that the Microsoft products may not be the "best" thing for
thos of us who are inclined to fuss and fiddle with our computers, they're
WAY better for those who can't, won't, or shouldn't.

They enable a whole range of people who, 15 years ago, wouldn't have been
allowed in the same room with a computer to accomplish useful work,
something which FEW of us do, computer design, programming, and maintenance
all being overhead rather than useful work in most environments. They also
enable people to use resources such as the internet, who otherwise might
never have that experience, never mind that they use it primarily to save a
trip to the convenience store to buy a magazine in a brown wrapper.

I would exhort you to eschew reiteration of other people's falsehoods and,
instead, search for a solution to the problems you so clearly perceive.
Squandering bandwidth on matters that most of the computer world doesn't
perceive as a problem will only hasten the day when we have to pay for our
internet use by the bit.


----- Original Message -----
From: "R. D. Davis" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2001 6:10 PM
Subject: Re: Nuke Redmond!

> On Wed, 10 Jan 2001, Megan wrote:
> > I read a report earlier today in which teh president and CEO of M$
> > declared that Linux was the #1 threat to the company as they enter
> > the new year...
> A while back, someone in Microsoft leaked a document to the net from
> inside Microsoft, detailing ways in which they planned to deal with
> this "problem." How many here ever saw this?
> While I'm no big fan of Linux, it's got some good things going for it,
> and it's better than anything that Microsoft has ever produced... I
> don't want to think about what would happen to Linux if Microsoft
> could somehow get it's claws into it and begin marketing it. Of
> course, Microsoft already has experience with screwing up UNIX:
> remember Xenix (and it's weird mutant SCO offspring that went off to
> live on its own)?
> --
> Copyright (C) 2000 R. D. Davis "The best way to gain a true understanding
> All Rights Reserved Wile E. Coyote on the Roadrunner cartoons
is to
> 410-744-4900 fly, head-first, off a horse into something
> a fence or a tree; trust me, this
works." --RDD
Received on Thu Jan 11 2001 - 19:30:01 GMT

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