Here are some interesting things I have found that OTHER people have to
say about Microsoft, their products, and actions. With references!
My comments are in this type face.
From Dr. Dobb's Journal, August 1998, page 16:
Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is:
According to a recently published report in the San Francisco Chronicle,
the pro-Microsoft web site called "The Committee for the Moral Defense
of Microsoft" runs on the freely available Linux operating system and Apache
web server -- not, as you might expect, Windows NT. 'Nuff said.
Oh really? Well, if you got a message you want to get out, you need
a reliable media. The Committee's web site can be found at http://www.moral-defense.org/home.html.
I understand that at least at one point, at the same time as Microsoft
was advertising their web solution as the ultimate web server (that was
several versions ago), they used Sun Microsystems for their own web servers.
Don't know if that is still true.
Update 1-19-2000: While checking links for my new location here, I discovered
they moved from http://www.moral-defense.org
to http://www.moraldefense.com. According to Netcraft.com's site
identifier, moraldefense.com is running now on NT. For the moment.
Or it might have crashed.
From Network Magazine, November 1998, page 32:
Windows NT: The Unknown Equation
"There is no such thing as a high-availablity Windows
NT system," says Jim Johnson, president of the Standish Group (Dennis,
MA). He gets rather riled up when people put mission critical applications
on Windows NT simply because they think it is fashionable -- "Like the
idiot who convinced the U.S. Navy to base its 'smart ship' [the Yorktown]
on NT," he says. "The ship has already been towed into port five
times, according to reports in Federal Computer Week and The
Wall Street Journal. Each time it fell victim to NT's 'blue screen
of death,' silencing its engines and navigation systems, in the middle
of the Atlantic Ocean."
The Yorktown, an Aegis Missile Cruiser, is
run completely by computer, and Johnson can't help but wonder: "If this
was wartime, would you want to bet your son's or daughter's life on NT?
Look at the cost of towing in that ship just one time. That would
have paid for 100 Unix systems that actually work," he says.
[the rest of the sidebar goes on to say that not everyone is quite this
outspoken, but the general perception is that NT isn't there yet for Mission
Critical projects -njh]
Yeah! That's what I've been saying! Fashionable doesn't mean
From Dr. Dobb's Journal, January 1998, Page 18:
If anyone benefits from the Justice Department's recent unfair business
practices allegations against Microsoft, it may be Synet, an Illinois ISP,
which filed Chaper 11 bankruptcy last spring. Synet's problems began
in 1994 when it launced a software package called "Internet Explorer,"
than applied for state and federal trademarks on the name in 1995.
Microsoft subsequently released its "Internet Explorer browser software
in August 1995. When Microsoft refused to change the name of its
software -- contending that "Internet Explorer" is to generic to deserve
tradmarking (unlike "Windows") -- Synet filed suit in 1996. According
to Michael Sawyier, an attorney recently appointed by the court to represent
Synet, the Justice Department's action may provide some "positive side
effects" in the company's ongoing trademark-infringement suit against Microsoft.
Sawyier expects the case to go to court with the next year.
-- Jonathan Erickson
I'd love to know what happens. They will probably win some kind of
settlement, long after they are bankrupted. A Yahoo search for Synet
didn't produce anything that looked like this company.
O.k., I was hoping to keep this well documented and professional-like,
but this is so good, I just had to put it in.
"One World. One Web. One Program."
- Microsoft advertisement.
"Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Fuhrer!"
- Adolf Hitler.
If someone can provide hard documentation on these two lines (when and
where, and how you found out), let me know... I think I've seenthe
Microsoft add. Gotta look through some older magazines.
Here's one I'm just giving you the link to. Something the author/commentor
calls the "Halloween Documents", and already I'm starting to think the
author is almost as bad as the Microsoft strategies he is blasting.
They are supposedly a memo produced internally by Microsoft, commented
here. I don't agree with all the commenters points, however, he makes
many very valid points, and the origional memo provides some interesting
glimpses into part of Microsoft's operations.
Here's another Justa-Link. It is a comparason of NT and Linux,
published by MSNBC. Note, this is a joint project between Microsoft
and NBC. Not exactly what I would consider the most unbiased site.
Just think what they might have said had Microsoft not been paying so much
of their paycheck!
MSNBC vs. NT
Note: If you haven't been to MSNBC before, it will attempt to download
some kind of program to your machine. I have found that hitting "Cancel"
when it asked if you wish to do this will let you just go read the article,
and not have a Microsoft based company "help" you more than they already
Referenced in the above article, but worth of a separate link:
vs. NT as a file server
Guess who is faster... (Hint: I put the link here, didn't I? 8-)
Update: Later benchmarks have demonstrated that Mark Twain's famous statement
about "There are three kinds of lies: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics"
needs to be updated to "Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics and Benchmarks".
Almost everyone's benchmarks are skewed. For a small server, Linux
will do better than NT (I can't imagine running NT on a 486). For
a large server, other criteria will "make" the decision, raw performance
will rarely be it. Several groups have been trying to benchmark big
Linux systems against big NT systems, and almost univerally, someone complains
about the result by condeming the testing method.
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