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Windows... Just Say No

The following is in response to a comment that Sunil made to my last post:

You might have heard that M$ is not writing any new code this month --all their efforts are directed at "fixing" the security problems of their software. I don't think this equals "bugs... fairly ironed out in XP".

Your comment about there not being "...many commercial apps for linux..." makes me think that you are missing the point about Linux. It's like saying: "people will start using Linux when it is just like Windows".

Well, I'm using Linux now because it is NOT like Windows. I don't find the way that Windows works to be particularly enlighted. For example: when I clicked on a text document I would frequently get a dialog that says: "this document is too large to open with notepad would you like to open it with wordpad?" Does anybody ever click no? The way I see it the message behind this dialog is: "Hey cheap-ass: you should pony up the cash for M$ Word so that when you click on big documents you won't get this stupid dialog box!"

This is just one example of Windows behaving poorly. Anybody that uses Windows knows what I'm talking about and probably has many examples of their own. They've just gotten used to putting up with them. Well... I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore.

I think Windows is a good deal... for you! I'm not trying to get anybody to switch to Linux. Just reporting what I find as I go.

Open Source on the business desktop -- a real world analysis


Explaining Enron

Feudalism: You have two cows. Your lord takes some of the milk.

Fascism: You have two cows. The government takes both, hires you to care for them, and sells you the milk.|*|Communism: You have two cows. Your neighbors help you take care of them and you share the milk.

Totalitarianism: You have two cows. The government takes both, denies they ever existed and drafts you into the army. Milk is banned.

Capitalism: You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull. Your herd multiplies and the economy grows. You sell them and retire on the income.

ENRON Venture Capitalism: You have two cows. You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank. Then execute a debt/equity swap with an associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax exemption for five cows. The milk rights of the six cows are transferred via an intermediary to a Cayman Island company secretly owned by the majority shareholder who sells the rights to all seven cows back to your listed company. The annual report says the company owns eight cows, with an option for one more.

--provided by John van T.


Why I Use Linux

I don't agree with everything he says (I'm unemployed and he's CEO at Redhat, so what do I know?) but this quote reminded me of why I use Linux:

"...That's the power of this model. We literally have the smartest people across the planet working on this stuff. And we have an engineering team that is bigger than anything even Microsoft can put together..."

Q&A: Red Hat CEO says Linux won't rule



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