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RE: Return Economics
I am finding it difficult to compare Microsoft to any other type of
business so perhaps the old laws won't work.
Two examples concerning Internet Explorer:
1. IE downloads six copies each of 2 files on my hard drive [and
yours?] while net surfing: Mm2048.dat & Mm256.dat
MS tech support says I should not know these files
exist and I am not allowed to delete them [I have
news for them!]. They
will regenerate if deleted through DOS mode as long as
IE resides on the hard drive. Some web
sites will generate them
even without IE present.
2. Other companies, i.e. CYBERMEDIA, bundle IE with ActiveX as
part of their FIRST AID 98 upgrade. First Aid is advertised as a
program to "fix Windows problems automatically". This makes
no sense to me as IE and ActiveX are really buggy and
pose security risks, and First Aid is to be
used at all times, not just while connected to
the internet. What kind of deal making is going
on between MS and other vendors?
Maybe MS is more like a municipal water district that adds flouride whether
you want it or not. But a water district is usually government regulated
entity, with disclosure procedures and customer input. Or, maybe it's more
like a food processor which once was free to add whatever.
I would like to get a small, hand held computer with no Microsoft products
on it, but to do that I'd have to buy from England, because there is
nothing left here that isn't connected to MS.
And the future the WINDOWS 98/IE bundle which probably means one won't work
without the other, and more "deals" with software producers which require
them both. It didn't take long for Windows 3.1 support to fade out of the
picture. Win95 will have the same fate.
Too bad Katy can't bar the Gates instead of the door.
Will Linux run all MS-DOS &/or MS-WIN95 programs? Without requiring a lot
of technical know-how to install like OS/2 does ?