Originally posted by Pyromania
Unfortanaly for us the computer industry is controlled by the masses/millions of users that would not know how to login into their ISP and browse the web without Internet Explorer. It is not that they only want to use IE, they just donít know how to use anything else. These users canít be bothered to learn much more about the computer than the few apps they need to use. When buying their machine they go with Windows because they donít know there is anything else, M$ controls what OS gets installed on major brands even Sony, and restrictive M$ contracts stop any dual booting or including another operating system. But the most profound thing that none of these users may ever realize is that each night as they login to their PC, each morning that they use the computer at work they may never know the most scary thing about their machine is that;
THEY ARE A SLAVE!
The operating system that they use is from the same vendor as their Word Processing program, Spreadsheet program, ,e-mail program, web design program, photo editing program, and presentation program. And if they are epically unlucky and shop @ Best Buy their ISP is also from that very same vendor. Also that same vendor also wants to control their entertainment game system and their television, in fact they might already be watching MSNBC. You will never see a story on MSNBC or NBC for that matter that protrays M$ in a bad light. Microsoft also wants to control their PDA, their cell phone, and even their toilets.
One company should never have that much power and then try to grab even more. I hope that everyone @ EAB is smarter than this message that one company should control all of our IT needs. I know that M$ has spent billions of dollars trying to convince everyone their way is the only way but please people donít be slaves and blinded from the truth. The truth that the computer industry does not need Microsoft for everything and would be a better off without their system of control. Learn this fact before it is too late. Some on EAB don't like it when I mention M$ in a bad light but wake up from your illusion people, M$ does not give two sh*ts about you, they don't need anymore of your money. You have given them enough already. And they want to control everything you use on your computer and they want to sell your private information to every Tom, Dick and Hairy that pays them for it.
Keep the Dream Alive
The majority of users have a computer to play simple games, balance their checkbooks, write email, calculate loan payments, browse the web, instant messaging, search for recipes, in ohter words simple stuff. They also dont spend all their time at home on their computer let alone online. A computer is a tool, they are not slaves.
Why do you keep posting this crap. M$ does not control all of your IT needs, you do have choices in what machine/os you use.
I personally remember back before OS/2, Desqview, and Windows was out that each program had wierd sets of hotkeys to do functions, every program was different (you have cutouts for templates on your keyboard because of all the key combinations, like in wordperfect). Each program had to have drivers for your specific printer, and what you seen on the screen was not exactly how it looked printed. There was no multitasking, no cut and past, basically no standards for interfacing hardware to software. Each card needed jumpers to set. Things have changed quite a bit for the better. The reason for this standardisation was because 1 software maker and 1 hardware maker won the marketing/design war. The monopoly in chips and software is what caused system to be a commodity these days. The lowest comon denominator of users wants ease of use, familiar interface for each program, easy hardware setup, cheap pricing, and places to get support when things do go bad, and they have it.
The amiga's at the peak of their popularity were never as cheap to buy as pc's are today, never had the amount of hardware/software choices we have now, and were never sold in the quantity PC's are sold in today. The computer using public is much better off today then they were 20 or even 10 years ago. Computers are a tool, and tools should be a commodity. To be a commodity there needs to be standards and for better or worse M$/Intel made these standards.