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Microsoft, Monopolistic Behemoth Can You Say MONOPOLY?

Microsoft, Monopolistic Behemoth Can You Say MONOPOLY?

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We'll Just Rule the World Now, OK?
by Mike Banks Valentine

One has to wonder if the corporate directive at Microsoft is as blatant as it seems from the outside. What is it that makes them behave as if monopolistic bullying is an inherent right for the biggest, baddest damned behemoth ever to roam the face of the information economy? That they can rule the Earth just because they think they'd like to give it a go? Can you say monopoly, boys and girls?

It is almost inconceivable that they already rule planet PC, from the operating system, to the web browser, to the email client, to the word processing program, to the calendaring program, to the media player, to the spreadsheet, to the financial software, to the presentation application, to the web server software, etc., etc., etc., ad infinitum. What would constitute a monopoly if that doesn't?

Microsoft kinda oughtta be satisfied with that, eh? NOOOOO! Let's have them control software RE-licensing, enterprise mail servers, certification of network administrators, and GEE fellas! How's about we develop a system called .Net in which we store and control, via our proprietary system, all the information on the planet? Cool idea huh? Monopoly? Nah!

While we're at it, why don't we tie all our products together, being certain that nobody uses any competing software -- with Smart Tags? These little geniuses will not only allow us to control software worldwide, but all the advertising on every web page in the world by allowing us to plant hyperlinks on those pages that connect to advertisers who'll pay Microsoft to hijack website traffic? Jeeeezz! This is sooooo cool!

One would think that even Microsoft supporters and cheer- leaders would start to become just the slightest bit annoyed with Microsoft when it starts costing them time money and lost income to fix Microsoft security holes that plague virtually all software made by Microsoft. Well it's finally happening. No longer is it just Macintosh fans and Open Source advocates getting hot under the collar.

"According to Computer Economics, a Carlsbad, CA-based research firm, estimated labor costs associated with repairing corrupted systems due to the notorious Code Red virus already exceeded $1.29 billion, with an additional $716 million consumed by lost productivity among affected users and IT support and help desk staffs. Code Red and Code Red II, a more virulent sequel worm that began attacking systems worldwide in early August, exploit a known hole in Microsoft's Internet Information Server (IIS) software."

"The consequences of Microsoft shortcomings cannot be more obvious or more damaging as the price to fix those mistakes now runs in the billions of dollars to others. It has not however eclipsed the estimated $8.7 billion price tag Computer Economics attached to the damages caused by the Love Bug, a virus that swept through the IT landscape last year."

So it seems we have a monopoly, with a product that costs a fortune to RE-license, is full of security holes that allow hackers and terrorists to rip up the economy. Finally even Microsoft Network Administrators are speaking out against the blatant monopolistic practices and Big Brother tactics.


Any idea if your boss is peering over your shoulder? More than three-quarters of corporate employers monitor employees
in multiple ways.

The following is from Onvia.com web article on workplace monitoring.

"Although the average percentage of workers with office e-mail and
Internet connections remained relatively constant, overall active
monitoring grew to 78 percent from 74 percent in 2000. The overall
figure includes such measures as storing and reviewing computer
files (36 percent), video recording of employees on the job
(15 percent), recording and reviewing telephone messages
(12 percent), and storing and reviewing voice mail (8 percent)

Other forms of surveillance, including telephone numbers called
and time spent on the phone, logged computer time and video
surveillance for security purposes brought the total for all
forms of monitoring to 82 percent, up from last year's 78percent and from 67 percent in 1999."

Consider that Microsoft provides the desktop software to mostof the corporate world and it doesn't take much of a stretch ofthe imagination to see them building in their own monitoring tools.

Judge Penfield Jackson couldn't remain unbiased when he saw these tactics and publicly stated his disdain for blatant monopolistic practices that only a team of Microsoft lawyers could possibly approve of. So it is almost as though the court of appeals has now said, "No matter how heinous a crime, don't ever let 'em see you flinch! It makes you look as if you actually have some morals and standards. Judges are not allowed those!" Monopoly is just a fun board game.

Next time Judge Jackson sees a horrific criminal act and is tempted to pronounce the evildoer a bad boy, he'll likely temper his statements, something on the order of, "Uh-uh-uh! Don't do that!" Then shut his mouth tight as he sentences the crook to life in prison for ... "doing something that is not allowed in our society." Don't say anything bad to them.

The problem is that Microsoft is made to appear the victim of unfair judgement when the judge can't contain his disdain for the absurdly monopolistic practices that have Microsoft ruling not only Planet PC, but Planet Earth.

I am occasionally tempted to trade in my Macintosh for a PC because I'm so frustrated that I MUST have Windows to run applications I need to have. I've occasionally considered purchasing the Microsoft Macintosh version of software so that I can view PowerPoint presentations or upgrade from my old Word version 6.0 for Mac because it garbles the text from new Word Documents. But ultimately, I just can't do it. I just can't support a monopoly that annoys me this much.

I won't. I can't even stand the fact that new Mac specific software emulates the look and feel of Microsoft products. It was the other way round in the beginning, before Bill copied Mac OS and put it on a PC and called it Windows. It angers me that Internet Explorer comes with the Mac OS. It drives me nuts that WebTrends and Web Position Gold only come in Windows versions. What monopoly?

Linus Torvald is a personal hero to me. Open source is the only answer to the ridiculous Microsoftopoly. My iMac and I will stick it out and beg Steve Jobs to slay the Giant. Or even an unbiased zipper-lipped judge could do it, as long as he doesn't talk about his opinion, just enforces it.


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