From: adam beecher (adam at domain iewebs.com)
Date: Thu 04 May 2000 - 19:35:20 IST
Why does everyone immediately jump on the multistorey pony whenever the word
Microsoft is mentioned? Talk about sensitive. :)
> Yeah, right. The Web/Net was going strong without MS, and the commercial
> applications were obvious long before it appeared on Redmond radar. I
> see anything MS did in the Web arena that someone else wasn't doing
> first, and using their existing database products to manage a ecommerce
> site is hardly an inspired idea.
I didn't say it was the web/net, I said eCommerce/eBusiness. But I *do*
think that Microsoft had a huge affect on the speed of Internet development.
All you have to do is look at the origins of this email - the virus - for an
example of that. If Microsoft Outlook wasn't running on so many computers,
we wouldn't be hearing about it on the news.
And I'm not crediting Microflot for their software, I'm crediting them for
accelerating Internet development as a whole, *together* with things like
Apache, SSL, Netscape, etc. Yes, Netscape (ok, Mosaic) had the idea first,
but Microsoft had the placement to hit Joe Soap, and they did - the most
popular browser now is MSIE, and the second most popular is Netscape --
running on Windows.
I also said, "Ok, maybe someone else would've done it, but they didn't". And
they didn't, Microsoft did. So I gave them credit where credit was due.
Hence the phrase, "Credit where credit is due."???
> Don't know why you think Bill is old and boring either.
> Unprincipled, perhaps, but smart as hell.
The man is as dull as dishwater Ronan! And saying he's a boring old fart
isn't the same as saying he isn't smart. I can't quote directly now, cos I'm
in Windows and the email I sent is in Linux, but I'm sure I acknowledged his
business acumen, which implies intelligence. (Unless you're the CEO of a
telco obviously, particularly eircom).
I dunno, people seem to fire off replies without even reading the originals.
Pick a few keywords and rant huh?
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