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In buying an automobile you have a flood of alternatives.  You can ask
the dealer to replace an installed stereo system with something else of
your choice. One auto dealer's package does not stifle another dealer. 
But in the case of MS, Gates' actions, if unchecked, would lead to
monopoly and, if monopoly gets established you can imagine what will
happen to the consumers.

One should, however, note that in business there are no saints.  A
person gets into business only to make money and more and more of it. 
Nothing wrong with that.  But what is wrong is the absence of morality
and fairness in many of the means used to attain the objective. 
Unfortunately our society does not appear to care for the need for
fairness and morality in the means to acieve a desirable goal.  


Trobridge, Bruce wrote:
> Isn't the basis of the lawsuit that Microsoft sells its OS with a web
> browser making it unnecessary to buy a competitor's browser?  I never
> understood what the problem was with that.  It seemed to me that it
> paralleled an auto manufacturer selling cars with air-conditioning or
> a stereo system or a hitch, that would make it unnecessary to buy an
> aftermarket unit...
> Bruce C. Trobridge
> Assistant Building Structural Engineer
> NYS - Office of General Services
>      ----------
>      From:   Christopher Wright[SMTP:chrisw(--nospam--at)]
>      Sent:   Wednesday, October 21, 1998 11:43 AM
>      To:     SEAOC Newsletter
>      Subject:        RE: The Problem with Microsoft
>      >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)