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Rant Mode Equals One: Next Generation Windows Services Fun! - page 2

Next Generation? Hardly!

  • May 23, 2000
  • By Paul Ferris

Why should I wait for something proprietary to do what I can do today, just fine? And look at the company that's promising these products--Microsoft. Now, let's go down the list of why you might not want to wait for this new vicarious vapor-ware.

  • If it's like its previous products, it will be rushed out the door with no concern for security, whatsoever. Imagine the ILOVEYOU virus of today, not needing email at all, able to take its pick from a host of services offered all over the place by proprietary servers running NGWS products.
  • These are the people who still can't adequately explain why an encryption key in their prior products was labeled with the words "NSA KEY". Need I say more?
  • Microsoft, the company that had an "Installation Wizard" (sounds friendly, doesn't it?) that collected private program information and sent it back somewhere to the Redmond infirmary. Oh, I forgot, it was only doing that to better serve its customers. Never mind the fact that no one I've come into contact with has ever witnessed this information being used to help them, and that the majority the advice I've heard coming from Microsoft techs has to do with re-installing things.
  • It's only taken 5 years to provide the first major upgrade of Windows NT, and that after it dropped a good portion of the promised features. Gee, I wonder if the Y3K bug will be a worry by the time NGWS is released.
  • It's proprietary--the hood will be welded shut.
  • It's Microsoft--something under the hood will be broken the moment you attempt to use it, or stress it in any direction other than to run some form of PowerPoint presentation or Solitaire-like application--possibly even that.
  • It will likely not coexist with any accepted standard, at least not longer than a month or two before breaking that standard and forcing you to change everything you actually depend upon to be swapped out for--guess what?--more Microsoft technology!

Not Gonna What Soon?

Oh, but wait, there's more! It seems that Microsoft is claiming that the DOJ's current anti-trust action might prevent, or slow, Microsoft's ability to release this product. (Proof that there may be a God after all, if you ask me.) Golly, what motivates this disclosure of plans, and at such an opportune time too?

Hmmmm, let me take a few stabs in the dark here.

It's remotely possible that Microsoft is banking on a new type of defense working in their favor. They'd like the Justice Department and the States' attorney generals to turn their heads away from Microsoft's past, huge anti-trust law violating methods, in consideration of this new defense. Let's call it "The Threat of Innovation" defense.

The idea here is that sometime in the next century Microsoft might just create, rather than cheaply imitate, outright steal or purchase, a competing technology. Never mind that this has never happened yet--and Bill, you can just shut up about the "Tool Bars" being an Microsoft innovation, when I want something that helpful in my day to day computing experiences, I'll just turn my computer off, thank you.

Net Geriatric Whiner Screaming

No, you see what they're smoking--rather, saying--is that if the DOJ breaks them into two pieces that they won't be able to create this new "innovation", or rather they will be crippled because their company will be split into two pieces.

No, any minute now, it might just happen, if the DOJ and the government would just let them off the hook for practically destroying a decade's worth of innovation outside of Microsoft. I thought it was Linus, not Bill, in the pumpkin patch, promising The Great Pumpkin would arrive. I guess stranger things have happened, though; maybe The Great Innovation will truly arrive. I have to admire the perverse creativity of "The Threat of Innovation" defense, at least.

Yeah, that's a real innovative and winning strategy with a Judge that's seen three misleading video tapes, and a host of other contradictory testimony.

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