MS Rumors (closing statements?)

Arjen Kamphuis (
Tue, 18 Nov 1997 09:22:41 +0100

At 15:25 17-11-97 -0800, Lee Daniel Crocker wrote:
>>> There also are many examples of Microsoft products opening back
>>> doors on machines to allow their servers to gain access, or for
>>> their anti-piracy software to check for stolen products...
>It never ceases to amaze me how many seemingly intelligent
>obvious that they are just fabrication.
>No doubt we'll see stories next week that Bill is running
>a black-market stolen kidney syndicate, or has purchased the
>Dewar holding Walt Disney, or maybe that he was the one who
>shot down TWA 800.

Bill would never steal somebody's kidneys. He's not that kind of guy.
Buying the water company, and them selling everyone who wants to drink the
water a mandatory kidney 'Upgrades' is more his style ;-)

Since I started this I'll finish it (not that I expect to reach agreement
but just to clarify why I feel the way I do). If you don't believe me, well
that's too bad but not a complete disaster, maybe these people have some


Depending on a single company for all future OS
innovation and on another for all future CPU
innovation would be tragic for an industry
driven by technology.
-- Tom R. Halfhill, Sr. Editor, BYTE Mag.

If one company dominates everything, it's
dangerous. You kill innovation and you lose
the capacity to create alternatives. Ultimately,
that isn't good for the consumer or the country.
-- Samuel Miller, U.S. Justice Department

The reason we come up with new versions is not
to fix bugs. It's absolutely not. It's the
stupidest reason to buy a new version I ever heard.
-- Bill Gates, CEO, Microsoft Corporation

In a manner that would have left the robber barons
of the late 19th century gaping in absolute awe,
Microsoft is approaching something unprecedented:
a monopoly that could well own the choke points of
tomorrow's commerce and communications.
-- Dan Gillmore, San Jose Mercury News Computing Editor

When people understand what Microsoft is up to,
they're outraged.
-- TIM O'REILLY, President, O'Reilly & Associates

I'm not one of those who think Bill Gates is the
devil. I simply suspect that if Microsoft ever met
up with the devil, it wouldn't need an interpreter.
-- NICHOLAS PETRELEY, Sr. Editor, InfoWorld


If this isn't technical enough for your taste check the open letter to MS
that was sent in the OpenGL API debate last summer, I'm not a programmer
but on this list you'll find over *1400* people who are, among them are
some of the top game developers in the world, I'd sooner believe them than
Mr. Gates&friends:

But maybe these people are all incredebly naive and don't understand IT at
all ;-). Sort of like us poor IBM-ers. Why is it that every time M$ outfits
a company with NT they come to IBM (or another IT consultant company) for
help with their suddenly HUGE security and systems-management problems? Why
is it that it takes three times as long to get Systems Management software
working in an NT Client-Server (if_you_insist_on_calling_it_that)

Isn't the fact that there are lot's of anti-MS sites around saying something?
I've never come accross an anti-IBM site (Or HP, Apple, SGI, SUN, Corel....).
But if anyone can locate one I'll be most interested in it's content.

Arjen Kamphuis

(now with a link to "the Secret Diary of Bill Gates, 40 1/4")

Arjen Kamphuis | "Don't be afraid to go out on a limb... | that's where the fruit is."