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Winer whines with little persuasion

A reader writes that anti-Microsoft folks around the world would like to believe the company is dangerous and evil.


Winer whines with little persuasion

In response to the Nov. 8 column by Dave Winer, "Microsoft deal fans flames of revolt:"

The rhetoric put forward in Dave Winer's column on the Microsoft deal represents the kind of thinking that we're taught to avoid in high school. Then again, I can only assume he would view critical thinking as a form of brainwashing, probably foisted on us by Stalin, whom he references in a less-than-subtle attempt to somehow link Microsoft with Nazis and Communists.

Heaven forbid the U.S. government should decide to allow a company that is productive and innovative to get to work at a time when many are finding that a difficult thing to do. Microsoft understands that it made mistakes in the past, and it has done a great deal to make amends.

I believe Winer is correct when he says he is a member of the "dumb" crowd. To make vague comments about the "dangers" of Microsoft and the government as pals makes so many assumptions and abuses so many popular misunderstandings as to be irresponsible and laughable. I bought into this stuff in fifth grade, but come on already. The possibilities cited, such as shutting down The New York Times, are ludicrous.

As for XP, Winer is looking for shadow conspiracies where there are none. The features of XP, as with virtually every operating system released by Microsoft, come from customers; people just like Winer saying, "Gee, it would be great if I didn't have to install a service pack." In the same way that Microsoft could take over the Internet, the U.S. Army could take over California. Sure, it's possible and they would probably succeed. So? They aren't going to.

Unfortunately, the less-literate folks who read this will say, "See, he said Microsoft could take over the Internet! He admitted it!" Yes, well, imagine if Cisco Systems turned on its super-secret packet sniffers and beamed the entire Internet to the White House. It's true, it could. I know because I spoke to the same sources Winer did.

Winer and anti-Microsoft folks around the world would like to believe that Microsoft really is dangerous and evil. That's simply not the case. It's better than everyone else, and it knows how to win. When I last checked my little red book, that tendency was something attributed to the United States.

Adam Wengert