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Re: Why Windows Being Bad is Good for Microsoft (or a Case for Unbundling)

After takin' a swig o' grog, Homer belched out
  this bit o' wisdom:

> Verily I say unto thee, that Chris Ahlstrom spake thusly:
>>> Hadron wrote:
>>>> Most people dont want to have to do that. Installing the OS is a
>>>> job for jobsworth tape monkeys. Most people want the PC ready out
>>>> of the box for them to install and configure their application SW
>>>> which offers them their market advantage when used properly.
>> Indeed, Hadron is correct.
> ???

No ??? here Homer.  Most people cannot deal with even minor complications,
and when these complications inevitably occur, they dun their friends and
guys like us to "fix my computer".

They want simplicity.  Just because they generally don't get it for very
long doesn't negate that desire.

> You forget that "most people" who run Windows end up having to reinstall
> it anyway, sooner or later (usually sooner). Whether they "want" to or
> not is beside the point. Also see the points in my previous post
> regarding hunting down; purchasing and installing all the applications
> "most people" running Windows will inevitably "want". They can do that,
> but not install an OS?
> Rubbish.

Not quite.  People are generally used to installing one app at a time, over
the course of months.  And, generally, apart from the humiliating and
insulting step of keying in "activation codes", each app isn't very hard to

> Let me ask you this, would you "want" an OS that prohibited you from
> installing software, or hardware that prevented you from installing a
> different (or newer) OS?
> What's not to like about the Freedom to do whatever you like with your
> own property?
> You should know by now that Hardon is not right; he is in fact never
> right; he's quite incapable of /ever/ being right. He's an idiot.

He is, but there are correct statements that can be made even by an idiot.

Surely you've dealt with people who close their eyes, clench their fists,
and say "I just want it to work, okay!!?".  Those are Microsoft's prime

If you had just a minute to breathe,
And they granted you one final wish,
Would you ask for something
Like another chance?
		-- Traffic, "The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys"

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