Why I hate Microsoft
I often fantasize about writing a 500-page manifesto of why Microsoft is the most profoundly immoral and malevolent technology company that ever existed, and why I hate every single thing about the company.
But I think that Daniel Eran Dilger of Roughly Drafted (one of my all-time favorite tech blogs) may have beat me to the punch with his Reader’s Digest version of my manifesto:
He takes the gloves off big time and goes after Microsoft with emotional venom that I’ve never seen from him before. It is deliciously wonderful.
And most importantly, he is completely 100% accurate in every single point that he makes.
In this one article, Dan hits on many of the reasons why I hate Microsoft… and why you should, too. Well actually, his entire website is filled with justifiable reasons to hate Microsoft, but this one article has so many juicy tidbits all in one convenient location that I just had to post the link above for all of you to enjoy. It is a must read article.
Here’s a snippet of Dan’s article — this may be my very favorite paragraph, because it spills so many truths in just a few short sentences:
Microsoft does not have Apple’s audience of sophisticated consumers, and it’s ridiculous that the company keeps trying to pretend that it does. Microsoft serves an installed base of cheapskates through a blackmailed array of PC hardware companies who are forbidden from selling alternative software by exclusive licensing contracts. It also services, at very high cost to companies, a large number of corporate cube-holders who have no voice in the technology decisions forced upon them by corporate IT drones.
Anyways, go read Dan’s article and enjoy!
And when you’re done with that, you can read this recent article I wrote about Microsoft’s misleading new advertisements.
And finally, here’s just one of many articles on my friend Herbert’s blog in regards to the litany of crimes and abuses to humanity that Microsoft perpetrates on a regular basis.
May 26, 2009 Update:
It would literally take a building the size of the Library of Congress to fill with all the illegal, fraudulent, dishonest, and abusive practices that Microsoft has partaken in over the last 34 years — and has gotten away with. This is not the place for me to be outlining all of those practices. However, Microsoft’s nefarious tactics continue strongly to this day, as evidenced in this current article:
Remember, folks: the smartest computer users on the planet are 100% Microsoft-free.