As one who taught for many years, I understand that concepts in software are much more important than features in particular applications frequently found on PCs. marco recently observed policies of Girl Scouts in Southern Nevada:
“All applications for employment will be considered without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, citizenship, disability or marital status.”
“Page 3 of the same form asks applicants to rate their â€œproficiency with the following office equipmentâ€:
_Microsoft Excel _Microsoft Outlook _Microsoft Word _Internet Explorer _Microsoft PowerPoint _Publisher _Others___
This is symptomatic of M$’s “Technological Evangelization” which has a goal of “to establish Microsoft’s platforms as the de facto standards throughout the computer industry…. Working behind the scenes to orchestrate “independent” praise of our technology, and damnation of the enemy’s, is a key evangelism function during the Slog. “Independent” analyst’s report should be issued, praising your technology and damning the competitors (or ignoring them). “Independent” consultants should write columns and articles, give conference presentations and moderate stacked panels, all on our behalf (and setting them up as experts in the new technology, available for just $200/hour). “Independent” academic sources should be cultivated and quoted (and research money granted). “Independent” courseware providers should start profiting from their early involvement in our technology. Every possible source of leverage should be sought and turned to our advantage.
Evangelism’s goal is to put the final nail into the competing technology’s coffin, and bury it in the burning depths of the earth. Ideally, use of the competing technology becomes associated with mental deficiency, as in, “he believes in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and OS/2.” Just keep rubbing it in, via the press, analysts, newsgroups, whatever. Make the complete failure of the competition’s technology part of the mythology of the computer industry. We want to place selection pressure on those companies and individuals that show a genetic weakness for competitors’ technologies, to make the industry increasingly resistant to such unhealthy strains, over time.”
Clearly, using Scouts to promote M$’s monopoly is not the reason Scouts exist. I hope they and others rethink their actions which speak louder than words. Schools need to wake up to the evil indoctrination they may be providing students. I know it was a wake-up call when I introduced schools, principals, teachers and students to Free Software. The insidious tentacles of M$ were deeply embedded like the cancer it is. It just takes a peek outside the box to realize how small it is.