: ...Bruce, much of what's wrong with Vista had AbZero to do with either
: Gates or Ballmer.
I will grant you that Balmer has had zip to do with tech
decisions, but he is still, IMHO, a scumbag. :-)
However, unless evidence surfaces to the contrary, I believe
that Gates, in a coldly calculated attempt to force Apple out
of the market, embraced DRM as advocated by the entertainment
industry. And, add in the fact that windoze would NOT give you
your OWN work back, he would also have had the entertainment
industry by the short and curlies was a delicious part of those
: As with what destroyed Dell in 2001, a bunch of
: mid-level managers and marketing goons made decisions regarding
: "feature creep"
What hurt Dell was dirt cheap hardware prices that lessened
their advantages wrt "just in time" manufacturing which cut their
profit margins, which lead to an ill-conceived decision to try
to prop up their margins by selling low margin consumer items:
flat screens, printers, etc. And, the contracting PC manufacturing
companies added to their woes, "JIT" be damned.
Once Dell lost their price advantage, the "touchy-feely" need
became more important than simple price differential, and having
no retail outlets became a liability. I think this is even more
of an issue with plasma/LCD screens, as there are, what, only two
companies making these things now?
And, the printer engine side is no better, given the print
engine is where the expense is in printers. Ink has a very large
margin, but if you don't OEM the ink, you don't get that margin.
: Those decisions wound up
: bloating Vista to the point where it's crippled. 70% of IT departments
: buying new machines wipe them and install XP,
I get the impression that IT is anti-vista because their
internally developed tools/utilities will not work with vista
due to the changes to the vista start-up mechanism.
So, the choice was to either:
1) re-write scripts that are likely "ad-hoc" to start with, and make
them work with a mechanism that is not well understood on top of
that, all the while trying to justify such expense to the (non-tech)
2) Ignore the problem, and stick with XP for as long as possible, and
this makes a lot of sense when companies rarely spring for the
hardware that will make the "eye-candy" come alive anyway.
This, of course, is excerbated when the (non-tech) CIO can't be sold
on the "enhanced" securty of vista, because, after all, "aren't we
behind the firewall?..."
: but Micro$oft still
: lists them as a "sale" because it was sold on the system.
Sure they do. And they still can't claim vista to be a
"I like bad!" Bruce Burden Austin, TX.
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