Now, I’ve had at the Linux users and the Mac users… who else? There’s somebody I forgot… They must be many in number, because they sure are the most vocal group… Ah, yes, the Windows users! Your turn:
Bill Gates brought computers to the world. Oh, Lord save us from the ignorance of the Windows platform. In operating system history, Microsoft Windows is the youngest, I repeat youngest surviving commercial operating system. Even OS/2 was started first.
Sure, Bill Gates is a millionaire, but he worked hard for it! Yes, if by “worked hard for it” you mean “was born to the right person”. His family was wealthy. His father was a prominent lawyer. His mother served on the board of directors for First Interstate Bank. His grandfather, J. W. Maxwell, was a national bank president. His real name is “William Henry Gates III”. He had a trust fund. His sole work, co-authored with Paul Allen, was a BASIC interpreter for the Altair 8800. The very next thing his newly-founded company did was buy a license to QDOS and rename it MS-DOS, and they’ve done nothing but buy out and resell technology and hire talent ever since. The average MySpace member puts more code into a page than Bill Gates ever typed in his life – and that’s counting DONKEY.BAS.
Bill Gates is such a philanthropist! Worship, worship, worship! Yes, I’m sure you’re bowled over when he plugs in ten new computers running Windows at a school. You do know that his personal fortune lies around $57 billion, and he has stood for a number of years as the richest person in the entire, round world, as told by Forbes magazine? Hey, if every Windows user downloaded a free operating system and donated the entire price of Windows to their favorite charity, instead of filtering the money through somebody who gives 0.001% back, how much good would that do in the world?
Windows isn’t that bad! This is more of a knee-jerk response. Yes, Windows does have security and stability issues, and what harm is admitting it going to do? It isn’t like 90% of the world doesn’t use Windows or something. Why so defensive? We’ll all still use Windows no matter how much it sucks. We’ll all still use Windows after it grows tentacles and slithers out of our computers and prowls around our houses at night eating the cats and piddling on the carpet.
The total cost of Windows server is actually cheaper than the equivalent free blah blah blah… That’s because you only count the shelf price of Windows but for Linux you count the bandwidth to download it, the entire annual payroll of the IT staff to run it, every computer you bought to run it on, the electric bill in the server room, the fluorescent light bulbs, the paint on the walls, the coffee, the company picnic, and the pony that the CEO bought his daughter for Christmas.
So, that’s been our little round-up. Now everybody knows what things it is that they’ve said one too many times. I do hope we can all agree that we’ve ridden each system with equal hardness, and the responses will determine which user base has the best sense of humor!
- On Founding The Cult of Microsoft
- A ***Real*** Look Back at Bill Gates’ Legacy
- Things We’re Tired of Hearing from Linux Users
- More of Bill Gates’ Legacy – a Link List
- Six Ways That Windows Will Never Catch Up To Linux