Letters to Redmond
Where's Apple's x64?
Plus, readers share their thoughts on Microsoft's monolopy, Vista and pet peeves.
The November 2007 feature article, "Unix:
The 64-Bit Gold Standard
," includes a sidebar titled, "When Will
64-Bit Computing Arrive at the Desktop?" The answer is Oct. 26, 2007. That's
when the latest version of Mac OS X (Leopard) was released. Note that the Mac
OS X is a certified, true Unix (see here
Or, check out Apple's
for a marketing-oriented summary. I found it strange that neither the
article nor the sidebar mentioned Apple's new OS.
From the point of view of someone who wants Microsoft to make money by selling
good products (i.e. Microsoft shareholders), what it's doing makes no sense
[in regard to the November 2007 Foley on Microsoft column, "Is
Microsoft Spreading Itself Too Thin?"].
Microsoft, however, has never competed on merit in its core markets. Instead,
it has competed by leveraging its monopoly, and using any means necessary to
destroy potential competitors.
Company leaders must realize that the PC operating system market is no longer
as relevant as it once was, and that it will become more irrelevant as time
goes on. They're scared by Google especially, the founders of which have built
a company rivaling Microsoft on top of Redmond's own operating system. Because
they realize that Google is, in essence, the next Microsoft -- just as Microsoft
picked up where IBM left off -- they're trying their darndest to start up in
any new field they can, not with the intent of making money but trying to create
a new monopoly.
The problem is, Microsoft isn't so good at competing on merit. Hence, the billions
of dollars it continues to throw into sinkholes.
Work in Progress
I may be in the minority, but I really like Windows Vista [in regard to the
Nov. 15, 2007, Redmond Report e-mail newsletter, "Vista:
A Dud or Just a Slow Achiever?"]. After a very short learning curve
it has been quite enjoyable to work with. I would admit that sometimes I have
to look something up that's handled differently, but give Microsoft a break
-- this is a new operating system. I'm equally pleased with the look and feel
of Office 2007. Yes, there's much I have yet to learn, and, no, I'm not the
expert with Vista that I am with XP, but that's often how progress works.
Name Withheld By Request
I thoroughly enjoy Doug Barney's editorial each month, and have come to look
forward to each new issue. In the October 2007 issue, he wrote about his annoyances
with computers [Barney's Rubble, "Stop
Bugging Me"]. To that, I say: "Hooah!" His comment about
IE's lack of printing finesse has been shared with many friends in an effort
to convince them it's time to move to Firefox. For me personally, one of my
biggest gripes is the Uninstall that doesn't fully uninstall. I'm sure others
have encountered it: You remove the program only to find the folder and its
contents are still in Program Files, or the Start Menu or -- better yet -- the
It seems that programming has gotten extremely sloppy over the years as a computer's
capacity increases. A direct ratio? Hmmm, dunno. But back in the "old days,"
one would have to watch out for every single bit of data, as space was a precious
commodity. Nowadays, instead of fixing bugs by removing the bad code, some are
just being lazy and adding a "fix" after the bug, etc. Just like uninstalling
a program: Leaving remnants doesn't make much of a difference, right? Um, lemme
think ... No. Thanks for the chance to vent.
Mountain Home, Ark.
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