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RE: The Problem with Microsoft

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>I think there still is a Mac OS
Damn right there is. And it's still the best.

The issue is Microsoft's use of a near monopoly to control the market to 
its own advantage. That runs exactly opposite to the principle of a free 
market and works toward entrenching one company's technology, which is 
certainly in the interest of no one except Microsoft.

The fight between NBC and Edwin Armstrong in the thirties over FM 
broadcasting is a good example of the use of money and power to deprive 
the public of advanced technology. NBC had the same stake in AM 
broadcasting as MS has in Windoze. High quality FM broadcasting put that 
stake in jeopardy and David Sarnoff was able to keep FM off the market 
throughout the '40's and early '50's by strong-arm tactics. They 
eventually failed but not before Armstrong was destroyed and high quality 
radio broadcast service set back 10-15 years. 

Suppose, for example, Bechtel, Boise-Cascade or American Gypsum decided 
to buy the residential or small building design market. With a choke hold 
on the market they could afford to do what ever they wanted with Code 
requirements and claim 'economies of scale' or 'consumer demand' or some 
such nonsense. And they'd have the staff to put all the engineering 
stamps they wanted on just about anything that would sell. I wouldn't 
dare guess the reactions of the SE community, but 'What the hell, that's 
economic progress,' probably wouldn't be among them. The free market is a 
very useful thing, but, like free speech and a free press, there's no 
divine protection against monstrous abuses.

Christopher Wright P.E.    |"They couldn't hit an elephant from
chrisw(--nospam--at)        | this distance"   (last words of Gen.
___________________________| John Sedgwick, Spotsylvania 1864)