Old Enough to Drink, Dead Enough to Bury…

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Remember when Microsoft sold IBM something they didn’t even own (yet)?

According to the folks at MSBoycott.com:

“August 12 was the 21st anniversary of MS-DOS’ official launch, meaning Microsoft’s first successful product is finally old enough to go barhopping with its few remaining friends. Wherever you are, DOS, drink a toast to 21 years of mediocre software development.”

Let’s have a little ceremony and get a little drunk; then get down on our knees and thank God that our own OS was never owned by Bill Gates.

As a side note, the same web site points out that Microsoft’s latest OS update, Service Pack 3 for Windows 2000, includes some notable changes to the EULA (End User License Agreement): now Microsoft doesn’t have to ask permission before altering various components of the OS and other MS-provided software. For any of us who have to support Windows users, this means more of the same behind-the-scenes software revisions that have users and technicians already scratching our heads (and other places) when we find discrepancies between PCs that were perfectly identical when we rolled them out.

Thanks, Uncle Bill; may I have another?

Dan Oblak

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