I like Microsoft, the company and their products. And I'm not embarrassed to admit it. Well, in certain circles, like this blog for instance. See, something happened a while back, something that's liable to end up changing computer history in a big way.
Microsoft went out of vogue.
No, scratch that. They went pariah.
But let's not go over their crimes and mistakes...from my perspective, these are more a symptom of corporations and capitalism than anything else. I get it. They done bad. They've paid for some of their past actions, and continue to pay.
So why am I bringing this up if I don't want to talk about it? Well, a couple of people in my writer's group are now using Vista and Office 2007, so when I find something cool to share about using one of these programs, I send an e-mail to the group notifying them of the benefit to the writer/user.
I won't be anymore. As hard as it is for me to close my virtual mouth, that's what I'm gonna do. Because some of the members in the group hate Microsoft with such religious fervor that my comments result in rants about how evil Microsoft is...the issues have gone from DRM to Word 2007, and well, it's pretty annoying, actually. I didn't intend to start a debate on whose worse, Satan or Microsoft Corporation, really, that wasn't my intent. And when I address inaccuracies in their comments (as I see them), it just leads to more rants.
I can't take it anymore.
So I'm going to close my mouth.
At least in the writer's group. They'll just have to do without my pearls of wisdom (:
For the record though, OneNote, is the finest piece of software on the planet. And the tablet PC? Brilliant (: But at this point, I really don't see how Microsoft can possible win over the Microsoft haters. I really don't think it's possible anymore. And it's sad, really, really sad. Because despite slowly growing ranks, the real thing keeping the tablet PC from greater acceptance seems to be people's unwillingness to even acknowledge the fact that Microsoft broke new ground here (I know they weren't first to make a pen OS, but they were the first to make it practical for the masses) and created a new and creative tool for getting things done. I hope I never have to buy another non-tablet PC.
My lips are sealed.