My first real computer was the IBM 1620. It was descended from the Cadet (Can’t Add. Doesn’t Even Try). It was a tired old machine, a room-filling pocket-calculator.
The USA is becoming like that, huge and bloated, but past its prime. China has been flooding the USA with everything from nuts and bolts to computers at prices far below what the USA can match. In fact, the USA has withdrawn from many fields of manufacturing. The president of the USA, Obama, responded, saying “no nation should assume that their path to prosperity is simply paved with exports to America“. I respond The USA should not assume that the world must accept its products such as that other OS.
The USA has ignored anti-competitive acts by M$ to force retailers and OEMs to supply mostly M$’s products to the great cost of the world in malware and licensing fees. When the USA did notice egregious acts by M$ they never required a remedy but condoned the acts. Further, as M$ bullied businesses large and small and even governments, the USA did nothing. The USA has intervened repeatedly when M$ was called to task by other governments. The USA has allowed M$ to kill competition within the USA and now the USA has lost the benefit of competition as motivation to produce better products. In IT the USA has become a haven for outlaws who exert inordinate influence in global markets through pressure rather than price/performance. It’s time Obama put his own house in order rather than lecturing others. The world is bigger than the USA and does not have to take what the USA offers. It’s not good enough.