Alright, the title is tongue-in-cheek, but I just don’t know what to think when I read stuff like this. It’s been how many years now that Microsoft has been bashed in the head repeatedly, non-stop, by virtually everyone with a voice? And make no mistake in the world that the bashing is but for one purpose, which is: the implication that its success and wealth is unearned, undeserved.
Now here’s the cool thing about freedom, individualism, and why every fucking value you can name ought to be on the [free] market: I haven’t got the time or interest to determine, for myself, whether any of the endless charges and crap about Microsoft, et al, are true. What I do know is that since I bought my first x386 in 1990, began using it for business in 1992 — having gone through dozens of desktops, laptops, notebooks, and now run four or five enterprise level servers — all running MS software — I have increased my financial wealth by a factor of many thousands. And I cut paychecks and pay benefits and family heath care for a couple of dozen people.
There’s more. Throughout the whole of it I could have fired Microsoft any time I wanted. I could have gone Mac. I could have kept the hardware and gone Linux. Hell, I could have even overpaid for new hardware and Sunsoft and called it a "workstation environment."
Now imagine the scenario with a Federal Department of Computing in place. It’s funny, and I’m not talking about the folks over on Wendy’s blog, ’cause I’m sure they all know better. But more often than not, the railing against Microsoft has really more to do with a plea that the government "do something." In other words, there’s this implied fear that Bill Gates will rule the world. Well, given the history of things and the nature of the government as we know it, who would you rather take your chances with? You’re afraid of a business guy who has unarguably raised world wealth and decentralized wealth-generating power through his products and services, and you think that crooks in DC or your statehouse are going to cut you a better deal? Theft? Let’s talk about theft.
It’s not that I don’t get irked by MS from time-to-time, but on balance, I still keep voting MS with my dollars every single time. And in this case, when I vote, I get what I want. You can vote otherwise (be my goddammed guest) and get what you want too.
Try that with the fuckers in DC or your state capital.