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Wednesday, 17 March 2004

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2126 - More Microsoft astroturfing

From Thursday's St. Paul Pioneer-Press letters column:

Respect Microsoft

Microsoft is accused of bullying and destroying competitors by illegal means ("Lawyer calls Microsoft a bully," March 16). Microsoft created more desirable, less expensive computer programs than others in the business. Millions of customers worldwide freely choose to buy from Microsoft. Their competitors were unable to match Microsoft's quality and prices. The federal government, with the encouragement of Oracle and Sun Microsystems, has punished Microsoft with fines and restrictions. The European Union, Minnesota and a number of other states are pursuing the same course. Microsoft has harmed no one. The company deserves appreciation, respect and admiration.

Barron, Wis.

Here's the reply I just sent in:

Microsoft: We'll never really know

Ralph Whaley's letter in the March 18 Pioneer-Press sounds like a Microsoft press release. It is well documented and proven in court that Microsoft used every dirty trick in the book, from forcing manufacturers to ship computers with Windows preinstalled to the exclusion of all other operating systems to deliberately making their programs incompatible with those of other vendors, to turn their software into the monopoly we all know today. The results are blatantly obvious to those not wearing rose-colored glasses made in Redmond.

There are more than a few other operating systems and other programs that have fallen by the wayside, despite being truly superior, just because Microsoft wanted to rule the software world. The result is the proliferation of insecure bloatware and crippling viruses that make regular headlines in today's computing world. We'll never really know what might have been were it not for the company's monopolistic behavior.

The Justice Department wimped out when they essentially let Microsoft get off scot-free. I hope the courts here hammer them as hard as they can. I just wish it could make a difference.

Microsoft has been proven to pay people to write letters to newspapers supporting their cause before. I suspect Whaley's is another one of them.

What really scares me is the thought that Whalen might actually believe the crap he wrote...

current mood: [mood icon] nerdy

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