At one point, it almost looked like Microsoft might have turned back the clock to a time when Amerikwans would be taken seriously as people. The overall excellence practiced by Gates and his staff was reminiscent of the factories run by Henry Ford or the upswing in productivity that followed World War II. For about ten years there, the entire dream was riding on Microsoft which was the only company to emerge from the culture wars (1960-present) that was not driven insane by conflicting sets of incompatible value systems. Their only viable competitor for a while was Apple under Jobs, who was an LSD-popping kulturkampf marxist who hated America like nearly all of his generation. There was never going to be any salvation from that end and it was never really a surprise that Macintosh could not gain market share with so little emphasis on affordability for their machines.
Gates got old. People do. He retired and turned the company over to other men. In the time it took to blink, Microsoft has gone the way of IBM. It's a train wreck that may take many years to come to a complete halt - assuming Amerikwa lasts more than a few more years intact anyway. With the disastrous release of this junk software called "Vista," the entire company has officially gone off the rails under the leadership of this cokehead Ballmer, possibly the most inept CEO in the United States.
I think the real future is in Linux and BSD. At least it looks that way. Should this be taken into account when deciding on the environment for the Vault Operating System?
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Ballmer was a public embarrassment even before the Vista debacle
The whole western world is an empire of ass-klowns like you might have expected to see during the reign of the Emperor Caligula.
Good men are tending their private gardens. They are not found in public life any more. It's not their time. It's the decline phase and they are not appropriate in the West. Bright people ... anybody who talks in complete sentences or can remember to close their fly leaving the restroom ... just doesn't fit into this nightmare. It's the coming of the long shadows.