~ The light at the end of the tunnel is an oncoming train (wreck).
So you should buy an Apple, an Apple computer. Or the other possibility is that you don’t really need a computer. If you are my age most of your life was spent without computers in the home or at the office. Sure there were a few Univacs around, a few IBM Mainframes. Sperry Rand made a fairly nice machine; but there was no IBM Home Division or IBM Personal Computing Division. The “B” in IBM stood for Business – it was not IHM (International Home Machines). A “home machine” was a washer or a vacuum cleaner or maybe a phonograph (“record player” if it was a newer model).
The really neat thing about computers (they said) was that the hardware could accomadate just about any endless variation of software. That unique aspect made computers flexible and that flexibility was good. Enter the brilliant mind of Bill Gates. Bill made the realization that if only one software program existed from just one company then all computer manufacturers would have to buy that one program. Microsoft was born and the theoretical “flexibility” of computers went the way of the suds from a washing machine – down the drain.
A lot of big businesses manufacture personal computers. Sony does, Dell does, HP does, NEC still does I think. IBM does not. We don’t need to talk about Compaq – it is a name that needs to die so that America can rest in peace. What is amazing is that since Microsoft (MS) is so dead that even the idea of pulse is imaginary that the manufacturers of computers have not supported a new software so that PC sales don’t follow Microsoft into the dustbin of history. About three out of four pending computer sales in America (and the world) stays pending because MS Vista had the vision of an automobile without glass in the front. The program was obviously going nowhere and every visionless Vista sold created a new danger for all the other drivers (computer ones) on the road or on the net. There is a reason why blogs have been replaced by tweets. You don’t need an operating system to “tweet”. Just stick two fingers together and blow.
But Bill the Billionaire is so greedy that he let the computer industry languish as his Billy bellicoseness cost sale after sale of laptops and hometops and desktops. People could afford the computer; but another bullshit software program was (and is) financially and emotionally out of reach. No sale, no deal.
Finally something was said about a Windows Seven, as if it were a pending wonder of the world or the prequel to Oceans Eight (as in a Hollywood Bustbuster, or greenhouse warming gone really bad). Just the name sounds bad; why waste your money. That was a statement, not a question. Of course it would have been easier to just call the product Vista Seven, the Millinium Edition, 2000 or Bust. Maybe seven is the number of bad rip-off software variations that Bill and company has floated to get rich while driving America crazy and getting everyone tied up on endless “hold” on phonelines from “customer support” that is of course never (NEVER) really supportive.
The next generation won’t even worry about believing in science or God; they will be united by their universal disbelief in the concept of “support” expecially if it has to do with telephones, computers, or probably government programs (but that is another rant for yesterday – because like Merlin I’m now working my way back in time, post by post). Unlike Merlin I’m moving forward in time too, which proves that Merlin was narrow minded and that the scientists are wrong and that one can be all things to all people if one really works at it.
So lets put the concept in the form of a number. The number is (866) 234-6020. Call it. Call it often. Call the number before you even think about buying a computer with an MS operating system. The recording (automated voice face) which is not a very intelligent artificial intelligence will start the conversation by informing you that Windows Seven is not working. The He Voice (why is it not a she voice) will do this by asking a question. The question is whether you are having problems with your Windows Seven software. If this is supposed to be a conversation starter I now know why Bill Gates was always referred to as a Geek, and in those days Geek meant bad, stupid, social misfit, someone probably too rich to do anyone real any good.
So all the “good” people at the dying Microsoft phone pool are doing duty in the war to save Windows VII. Like the effort in Afghanistan the war was lost long ago, for the same reasons; the principal reason being that one should never have gone there in the first place; making enemies instead of friends; trying to make money instead of making sense. It doesn’t matter how you package it, the contents smell bad even through the cellephane wrapper. The “dregs” of the MS world are left to handle all the other calls, like the calls about making Silverlight work if you have XP and use Mozilla Firefox and not the MS Internet Explorer versions 1 through 60. Of course Microsoft hates Firefox; it’s like fire and water, like chocolate versus beets, like brussel sprouts versus Mandarin oranges.
Yes, there will be those that swear by beets, brussel sprouts, and Windows 6 plus 1. They will prefer texture to taste, color to sensuality, Belgium to China (or is it the youthful “gosh” to the adult “good”).
Windows 5 plus 2 will be like eating cotton candy; pretty, pink, fluffy – leaving absolutely no substance or satisfaction when you have nothing left but a paper stick and are more than a few bucks poorer. Here’s to Bill the beeteater – I guess he was never born with taste. And no, money cannot buy taste.
Silverlight was designed to sell high speed internet services and connections in the “connectivity” world.
That world is designed to disconnect you from your time and money with the result of wasted time and the moving of what was your money to elsewhere. Have your passport ready when you call Microsoft. The Bill Gates crowd can never get enough current personal information that they will then immediately use against you if you say one wrong word or ask one wrong question. They know who you are, what you said, what you want. Even if you use Firefox they need to know what Explorer product you bought. Is it just pride? I think it is more about sales and intimidation and monopoly. At least in Belgium the Microsoft empire was called on the carpet for being the bully boys that they are.
So now you know the anatomy of Windows 3 plus 1 plus 3. Do the math. It always adds up to be the same. The new product is the worst of Vista with a little Millinium thrown in. Can’t you just wait? The world of great PC computing began and ended with XP; it was a marketing mistake to make a product so good. Windows 7? GOSH. And if gosh isn’t good enough, just bite into the pink. And when the pink is gone, buy an Apple or pull out your fingers and just blow. Who needs a computer afterall until someone new comes up with a new standard operating system that can be the new standard for a better world?
I would call it “Doors”, as in, “When God closes the windows, he (or she) opens the doors”.
[2009.08.31 / Monday – Windows Seven]