Re: [NTLK] Re[2]: Re[2]: Re[2]: Convincing argument against MS

From: Thomas Cherry (
Date: Thu Jun 13 2002 - 11:48:17 EDT

I agree with every thing you said here.

on 06/13/2002 11:41 AM, Eric L. Strobel at wrote:

> I hope that I've not misunderstood you (although I may have a bit). My
> question above was an honest one because I'm curious about folks'
> perceptions. Happiness is, after all, a matter of how one chooses to manage
> their expectations. I may someday fall into the same motivations and
> expectations and I (for one) would like to learn from others' experiences in
> this.


> We're perhaps hung up on semantics. "Screwing" (to me, at least) involves
> an active, deliberate intent to shortchange or take advantage of someone --
> to act against someone else's interest to further your own. Apple's actions
> can be likened to triage -- they can't 'save' everybody, so they have to put
> the resources where they do the most good, rather than trying to 'save'
> everybody but ending up 'saving' no one. Apple's actions, in both scale and
> in inimical nature, in no way rise to the level of what MS has been
> convicted of (or for that matter, other things they've done but not been
> prosecuted for). THAT, I think, is the real source of misunderstanding in
> this thread (somehow equating MS behavior with Apple behavior).


> I *think*, but I'm not 100% sure, that the various inadequacies WERE put out
> there, but you are correct that they weren't made well enough known quickly
> enough to prevent some folks from buying something they'd be less than happy
> with. And of course, some folks gambled that the support they wanted would
> be out shortly, and ended up losing that bet.

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