Microsoft. Ah yes... I
can remember the tough times learning the command line dos as well
as the next computer geek. Back in those days the bland hum
drum look of the CGA monitor and the two or three colors we
enjoyed was drab, dull and boring. Not to mention extremely
difficult to learn to use. Of course the difficulty gave
rise to an industry across the nation of goofy, rip-off
schools. If one went to an established institution of
learning, one was taught Cobol as a programming language.
That equated to learning Latin - a DEAD language then they taught
you the basics of a command line interpreter... cool, you now knew
how to get a directory and format a disk. All this for
thousands of dollars in tuition.
The private sectors came up
with even more wonderful ideas. They came up with
"Certification"... Oh, to be a Novell Certified Network
Technician... You could become certified for approximately
ten thousand dollars... The scams grew in direct proportion
to the gouge....
Then along comes Gates &
Company... After a while, the GUI (Graphic User Interface)
was recognized as the future. Along came Windows 1. It was
different and caused a minor stir among the hard nosed command
line binkies.. than after a greater while came a positive
step toward the future with Windows 3.0 - Here was something to
take note of... Windows 3 was the beginning of making the use of a
computer easier to learn and become proficient at because of a
friendly user interface. Windows 3.0 literally put thousands
of users in place because of its ease of use. The PC
hardware business got a shot in the arm that has yet to fade.
Windows 95 received such
fanfare and press coverage as to reach even the most remote users
and have them fully aware that they too.... could be a proficient
computer user because of the interface. Windows 95
introduced compatibility requirements that stressed hardware and
software happiness across a myriad of different machines around
the world. The greatest growth factor for computers and
computing since the inception of machines like the house-sized,
vacuum tube run beasts at the end of WWII was now at hand.
Microsoft's Windows 95 made
"The Internet" a household word. Prior to Windows
95, The Internet and all its various subnets were the semi-private
turf of the Collegiate and net gurus of the world. The
common unwashed masses had yet to see, hear and feel the power of
the Internet. With the advent of an Operating System such as
Microsoft's Windows 95 that provided all the basics and
necessities to "do the job" without the user being
"nickel and dimed" to death... came a flurry of
whiners who cried and cried foul because they could no longer
squeeze "mo money" outta the neophyte users.
Competition and Free
Enterprise have been and still are the rock foundations of this
Nation's Economy. In fact.. if any Corporation ever
contributed more to the USA's Independent, unaffected by world
events, Economy... than Microsoft would have to take a back
seat. While the Pacific Rim Nation's heavily inflated
economies collapsed one after the other, Microsoft's introduction
and release of Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 98se and now,
Windows 2000 has done nothing but bolster the US Economy,
stabilize the nation's wealth and add heavily to the growth
factors of the hardware, software and research industries
Then comes the Tax base thus
provided by Microsoft. For the State of Washington, other
States and the Federal Government it means millions of dollars per
year in Corporate Income Taxes. In the areas of individual
wealth... Microsoft has both directly and indirectly created more
millionaires than any other US Corporation in History. Now
comes the trickle down economy contributions by Microsoft.
The wages paid in the States and other countries provide untold
numbers in personal income taxes both city and state not to
mention federal... taxes paid for every dollar earned by MS
employees and MS temporary employees... taxes paid for every
dollar spent by these employees worldwide. It easily amounts
to billions of dollars. Solid US dollars. Then comes the
millions in sales taxes collected by every State for Microsoft
So what do the egomaniacal
heads of the DOJ devise?? Along with various State AG's?? A
way to screw all the benefits up because Gates, as a man, is
perceived as having far too much power and money (money is power)
at his disposal. The control freaks in government were in a
tizzy over this fact and the fact that HIS operating system was in
use throughout government both FED and State. Thus, they franticly
devised a way to take Gates down a peg or two....
Who are these control freaks
actually going to hurt? Who else but the US consumer.
You and I! Why? Here it is in a nutshell. Prices for
software will go up and the nickel and diming of users will go on
a dramatic increase. Once again the US consumer gets it in
the neck because of "know-nothing", "legends in
their own minds", US politicians.. Every State's AG is an
elected politician looking to make a name. The FED AG...
well we, as a nation, have managed to endure the tenure of the
worst, most incompetent AG the US Government has had since the
Declaration of Independence.
As an after-thought.... The
US Government sought to break up AT&T, IBM and earlier in
history the OIL giants etc., take a look at where they all are
today. Every one of the harassed and litigated corporations
via The Sherman Anti-Trust Act... are very much alive and
well. In fact they're 100% more powerful than they were
before the US Government Actions. AT&T just yesterday
had its biggest and most successful IPO in market history!!
Yes Sir, the US consumer is the only Victim in all this Legal
Yes, I am in favor of the
DOJ backing down and getting out of areas it has no expertise in.
Judge Jackson and his buddy Arthur Lessig have yet to learn what
the average tenth grader forgot about computing and computers! I
am dead set against the opportunistic dolts from the various
States who've jumped on the bandwagon hoping to grab fame for
themselves and money for the States they represent. These
actions should be dismissed forthwith. If not, I hope each
and every State's action is remanded to the Federal Courts,
combined into one action and summarily dismissed.
What these politicians have
tried to do to Microsoft is ridiculous. For all its warts...
and there are a few, Microsoft has done far more good for this
Country and the world than most others and especially those who
"talk" about doing things while holding countries and
entire peoples hostage in offering the "help". (US
AID - CIA) The politicians in Washington, DC had better
right this wrong being perp'ed against Microsoft by the Government
lest they go down in History, right along with Reno, as the
Country's most shameful, incompetent gaggle of goofs in US