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

Verily I say unto thee, that High Plains Thumper 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

Right, so people (FSVO: "people") don't want to install an OS, but they
are joyful at the prospect of researching for apps they need, locating a
retailer to purchase those apps from, paying vast amounts of money for
them, waiting for them to arrive through the mail (or trawling for hours
through shops filled with clueless clerks), receiving them, reading the
installation requirements; license and instructions, reluctantly
agreeing to a prohibitive license, installing the software (along with
whatever other steps may be required, such as the inevitable "disable
your antivirus and/or firewall"), dealing with the equally inevitable
installation issues (everything from installation failure to BSODs),
typing in the serial number, going through the laborious; insulting and
often dysfunctional "activation" process, then finally discovering that
this "killer app" doesn't actually work very well on their version of
Windows (Vista), as they wait months for an update that's "coming soon"?


>>> Should houses also be built with furniture bolted in? Or 
>>> restaurant serve just one meal because choice is bad and cooking
>>> is too complicated?
>> Is that supposed to be an analogy? If so it was incredibly bad.
> Yet does not explain why.
>> New houses DO come with electrictiy and water however ....
> ???

Talk about bad analogies!

I don't know about Hardon's neck of the woods, but round these parts
people have a /choice/ of energy supplier. As for water, that isn't
"owned" by private companies (in the UK, anyway). One pays the
/government/ (local council) water charges as part of the council tax.

Roy's analogy was a good one, however.

Imagine if a property company only allowed you to purchase a house under
the strict conditions that you only buy your carpets from General
George, and you only buy your furnishings from Homebase, etc., etc. That
is exactly what it is like buying the vast majority of PCs today. If you
buy the PC then you /must/ "furnish" it with Microsoft's Windows.

That, ladies and gentlemen, is racketeering, pure and simple.

Hardon obviously doesn't like choice, because he supports this racket.


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