.pdf, .rtf, .txt, .html, .wml, .jpg, .gif, .png, .swf, .mp3 .etc.Originally posted by lewdvig
File formats that everyone can open. Thats it I'm affraid.
Very true...the reliance on Office is part of the M$ momentum. When I was part of the start up craze in 1999, every developer (60 of us) had a copy of Office.Originally posted by lewdvig
I did not mean everyone in the Karl Marx sense, I meant everyone that has a job. The point was, those proprietary file formats that everyone depends on are the only things that makes Office necessary. It sucks, but we need it.
Besides, MS Office is free if you look hard enough ;^)
yes...but there's something more sinister here...the microsoft satellite and cable deals...and owning and controlling large quantities of subscribership to dsl and the likes...comcast was probably partly a coverup...and the SEC hasn't done much yet that we've heard of...Originally posted by mrtrumbe
I was just watching the Screensavers on Tech TV and they ran a bit on the MS/Apple deal running out. It was entitled "Does Apple need Microsoft?"
I say, if they can do it without losing people without Office and IE, then do it. I'm just not sure they'll make it.
Originally posted by jvaska
yes...but there's something more sinister here...the microsoft satellite and cable deals...and owning and controlling large quantities of subscribership to dsl and the likes...comcast was probably partly a coverup...and the SEC hasn't done much yet that we've heard of...
in seattle...they CONTROL the internet connections for anybody with qwest (the major phone carrier here)...THEY WILL NOT SUPPORT MACS ON THEIR NETWORK...not at all...they just won't work and they tell people with macs they can't support them...
this is disturbing to say the least...i don't think we know just how much m$ owns of these networks yet...but i fear it could be substantial...and i know they are still buying companies left and right...ugh...
Just do what I do...when you call the teir one tech support weenie, and when he says "What OS are you using", say Irix, then Solaris, then OS/2, then FreeBSD with the Aqua window Manager. Teir one tech support weenie will think these are the names of clone manufacturers, and ask 'But what version of Windows are you using'. You then say 'Windows? What's that'.Originally posted by mischief
M$ now has control of most of the home-access, either directly or indirectly. TCI Cable owned most of the fibre and ALL of the satellites used by Cable TV companies when it merged with AT&T who owned most of the long-haul cable used by Telecoms here in the USA. Now M$ owns them through Comcast and they've already started their Mac witch-hunt in Seattle. Who's next?
Is one of .nets 'undocumented features' a 'service' other than TCP/IP? I sure hope not...Originally posted by mischief
They're switching the feeds over to .Net. Kinda like M$ doing their best AOL imitation but with their usual jackbooted poise and grace.
So you may be able to connect but it's likely you wouldn't be able to use what you get.