I have been accused of being a “hater” and I admit that, but at least I do something constructive about freeing people from M$. We discussed some PR from M$ recently about how loved they are and there is a follow-up on The Register and ZDnet.
The reasons given for hating M$ and the remedies demanded are diverse. Some of them I share. I think no matter what M$ does it can never remedy the evil it has done. Paying back money or issuing vouchers will not compensate for pain and suffering and days lost per user. No apology or new mission statement or even genuine change from within or without will erase the bad memories.
Read the comments on The Register. It’s a Who’s Who of grief. I would not buy a used lawnmower from these guys let alone a key part of the infrastructure of IT. Yesterday I bought a used John Deere mower. It is over 10 years old, and apart from a bit of wear is still serviceable. I bought it because my father owned one and it never gave a bit of trouble until a bearing gave out after about ten years on an acreage. I have an acreage now and need that kind of reliability. I know the thing will work indefinitely. People run them for 20 years. Compare the rep of JD v M$. What’s the difference? JD never tries to mess with anybody and M$ messes with everyone. We do not have to deal with M$ ever again if we choose not to do that. JD gets 284000 hits for “hate”. M$ gets 1000 times more. It’s not the haters that are the problem. It’s the hatee.