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Its pretty obvious why, Tod. They bought because they trusted and believed
in Microsoft. They also bought because they liked the products. Its is a
real simple equation. You bought OS/2 and OS/2 products because you liked
it. Millions of others bought Windows and Microsoft products because they
liked them. There are many, many more of them than people like you. They
voted with their dollars. The election is over, though it is repeated on
very regular cycles. And voters are notoriously fickle... <G>
My theory is that people buy hardware and operating systems as "necessary
evils " to run the applications they like--for home consumers they buy
computers to run games and financial management software like Quicken and
whatever else they want/like. The things they want to do and the programs
they want to run happen to be more available and often better on the
Windows/Intel platform. Those who want to buy non-Intel (I'm writing this
on an AMD processor for instance) and non-Microsoft (and I use Eudora as my
preferred e-mail client because I like it) do so, just in smaller numbers.
As to your assertion that "...millions of consumers were lied to, cajoled,
intimidated and otherwise overwhelmed by unfair practices...", well what
can I say Tod. I give consumers credit as fairly intelligent people who
generally make informed decisions and choices.
I am the leader of a couple of non-profit associations of hundreds of
thousands of consumers responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars of
purchases each and every year. I happen to think those consumers make
informed and intelligent choices and I staunchly defend their right to do
so. One of the reasons that these hundreds of thousands join our
non-profits is to be able to get an independent, unbiased, professional
source of information and support. We don't hate anybody and are very
supportive of good technology regardless of its source.
There actually seem to be a lot of intelligent, otherwise well informed
people on this list. If they were just a little less consumed with blinding
hatred I think that they would be able to make more objective statements
and decisions. It may well be that they would end up in the same place, but
at least it would be less "hate-driven". This concerns me because most
"hate-driven" groups that I know of in history have not been looked upon
favorable in historical accounts.
I'd feel more comfortable with people who are positive advocates for
whatever their position is. Be an advocate for Sun, be an advocate for
Linux, be an advocate for OS/2, be an advocate for Microsoft -- "whatever
floats your boat." At least when you are an advocate for something you take
time to really get to know it. This "I hate Microsoft" is fear driven from
the unknown. I doubt if anyone on this list really knows much about
Microsoft other that what they fear. I really feel that if they knew more
about the company and their practices (not the imagined ones) that they
would at least have a chance to see these issues in a more balanced light.
The old axiom "We always fear most that of which we know least..." comes to
mind frequently as I read postings to this list.
Have a great day...
At 02:28 AM 11/9/97 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
>** Reply to note from email@example.com Sat, 8 Nov 1997
15:09:02 -0500 (EST)
>(excerpt from letter by Charles Kelly to NT*Pro people)
>> Millions of consumers have voted to purchase Microsoft
>> products--almost always when other products (and often dominant andÂ Â Â
>> technically superior products) existed on the marketplace.
>This is the line that always gets me.Â Please explain to
>me why millions of consumers would buy a technically
>INFERIOR product that does not have a significant
>marketshare.Â These millions of consumers obviously
>" . . . like me (C.Kelly) who areÂ technically savvy and
>really do understand both the issues and the economics."
>Seems to me that these millions of consumers were lied
>to, cajoled, intimidated and otherwise overwhelmed by
>unfair practices into making the absolutely wrong
>decision.Â Wht would anyone buy a technically inferior
>product for their COMPUTER!
>Edward R. Mortimer firstname.lastname@example.org
>The Land of BeyondÂ http://www.trailerpark.com/moonwalk/moonwolf/index.html