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Re: Letter to Janet Reno (Coca-Cola not Microsoft..)

  I believe the problem being discussed is more along the lines of bullying
  and then the fact that Microsoft is taking over everything.  Cable TV,
  Historic Photographs, VISA, Telephones, The Internet (what the heck does
  the Internet have to do with computer programs/operating systems/operating
  environments anyways???).  And then the fact that they lie, cheat, and
  steal.  Last I heard, MSN was run on UNIX (in the background)(unverified),
  Windows 95 is an Operating Environment (vice operating system), products
  are suspect at best, etc.  They threaten competitors with unjustifiable
  lawsuits (that cost the company more to defend then worth, by lieing to
  the ignorant (term used nicely) public, and by promising the world and
  delivering little.
  Paul Ingels
  Elliott Masie wrote:
  > An Open Letter to Janet Reno:
  > Dear Attorney General Reno:
  > The computer industry is alive and well!  There have never been more
  > start-ups, more successful mid and large size computer companies.   There
  > is constant innovation in products.  Prices in almost every product
  > category are going down.  And, technology is viewed as America's finest and
  > most important export throughout the world.  The Internet is expanding and
  > whole new models of computing are coming to the marketplace.  Even my
  > 87-year old mom is now on the net.  Yes, the computer industry is alive and
  > well.
  > So, why is the Justice Department attacking Microsoft?  I work with every
  > major software company, from IBM to Microsoft, and I just don't understand
  > what Janet Reno is doing.  It doesn't make sense!
  > Take any major Fortune 500 company.  They are the prime users of
  > technologies.  Visit their accounting office and ask them to pull up the
  > figure for how much money they paid to Microsoft last year.  It will be a
  > pittance of their total spending on computer technology.  They have spent
  > money on some server software, perhaps a copy of Microsoft Office on every
  > desktop and a few other applications.  This number pales in comparison to
  > what they are paying for their core accounting package, enterprise
  > databases and the hardware of their infrastructure.  Microsoft is highly
  > visible but is far, far, far from dominating their computing world.
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