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Re: Nation piece
On Sun, 23 Nov 1997 19:15:18 -0500 (EST), Scott K. McGrath wrote:
>Andrew; Good article. I was agreeing with you up until the very last sentence.
>Consumers are -not- going to rise up in revolt against Microsoft in -my-
>lifetime. Hell, if you ask someone what word processor they use, they'll most
>likely say "Windows 95"...
>They do not know the difference between an application and an operating system
>and, frankly, they don't care... The fact that some company has an illegally
>obtained stranglehold on the market means zip to them. -If- they decide to
>change their word processor, and that is a -BIG- -if-, they'll have to upgrade
>their operating system.
>At that time, they'll be told by the geek in CompUSA that "Sorry, you can't run
>that on your machine. If you want to run it, you'll have to upgrade to the
>latest machine which has the latest OS on it and, oh, by the way? It also has
>that software on it, all ready to go!"
>The solution to the problem is left to the student...
>Scott K. McGrath
I disagree about leaving the problem "to the student".
Perhaps the 'silent majority' may not give a sweet one, but I don't sleep
with them. We do live with them, though, and students we all be.
There may be a lot of morons who buy and sell products, but that doesn't
mean that the rest of us have no say-so. Perhaps I feel slightly charitably
lately when I would endeavour to teach the ignorant of what's coming down
the pike. Yeah I know, if we could only (figuratively) hit them over the head
with a club, they just might appreciate a few of these risky issues for their
But I won't tell them what to do...without informed consent.
I am, however, optimistic that, industry leaders, technical savvy business folks,
and Mr. Nader, that are in the know will continue to educate. Let's not roll over
and play dead.
Scott, I think that getting peoples' attention is what is now beginning to happen.
And if we don't, one thing for sure: THEY WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE TO