Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 22 November 2001
Note: the comments below are the unabridged
submissions of readers and do
not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher.
From: David Annett For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: A real cynic A real cynic, not me, of course, would say that giving away Microsoft software to schools was like giving them drugs. The first copy/hit is free but you will pay for your next fix. From: Peter For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Generous Microsoft? Microsoft's "generousity" is so self serving it is laughable. It is hard to understand how MS is allowed to get away with it. A far more reasonable arrangement would be $1b in the form of real benefits to schools, such as classrooms, library books, food, and the like. The reported arrangement looks much closer to a reward for Microsoft, not a penalty, because it provides a big net benefit to MS. From: Alan For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: It's worse even than that... What about the can-only-talk-Microsoft generation that such a flood of MS software will spawn? Not only are we talking about the debatable value of the donation and the slamming of doors for open source offerings, we are also observing the wholesale creation of a generation that will speak nothing but MS; they'll recommend and support it, unaware or unskilled in competitor offerings. Welcome to the borg, little ones, assimilate your friends and family too... And all the while, MS look like mr nice guy. Bet there's a good tax spin off to go with the publicity too...Now Have Your Say
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