[SASAG] Proprietary Formats on Public Mailing Lists -- Was: Re: System Admin Job opportunity

Jim Hogan jim.hogan at gmail.com
Sat Sep 1 02:08:27 PDT 2007


On 9/1/07, <benjamin at seattlefenix.net> wrote:
> But that was some good rhetoric. I especially liked the part where you built a beautiful
> strawman out of the open formats issue and then burned it up with the
> implication that  Microsoft controls the world (and I'm ok with it).

Well, you seemed to be painting a fairly broad "immature
anti-Microsoft zealot" stroke as if there weren't reasons for
customers to not like MSFT.

> I might be worried if it weren't for the fact that justice departments
> across the world are once again lifting an eyebrow and contemplating
> how far they will let Microsoft go before pulling on the anti-monopoly leash.

This sounds like what MSFT's PR department would say, but does not
seem to align with current reality in the post Penfield Jackson world.
 It is even more ironic that consumers in the US of A may be protected
from monopoly practices by the (sometimes) more aggressive stance of
the European Union. But you may be an optimist.

> Then again, I can't think of the last time a technology standards
> board actually did anything relevant to the IT industry at all.

Oh, OK.  If you say so.  But you got my email via S-M-T-P, right?  `

> Thanks, that was fun!

Yes, it was.  "Lifting an eyebrow."  Priceless.

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