Microsoft is a very tough player when it comes to software development.
I read that they used to change their own OS code just to create
conflict with a particular third party software. This was the
appropriate strategy against Lotus when Microsoft entered the
spreadsheet market, that is what one of the books published on Microsoft
claims (which one was it? Hard Drive I think.)
I don't find it a far fetched idea that they would do the same to
Netscape. Bill Gates' first job was hacking mainframes for computer time
would suggest of such a thing to be acceptable and natural to him.
Besides it would be a much more economic solution for him to put two
really sharp debugger guys and have them find some weak spots in
Netscape within a few weeks, throw some additions in the MFC libraries
that abuse those weak spots and include it in the next Service Packs.
(Netscape? Hahhh, for some reason they are not compatible with Windows
98) Poor Netscape guys wouldn't have a clue what's going on until they
find the actual procedure call that breaks when used.
And best of all: Microsoft can update their API's at will when THE NEED
calls for it.
I'm very unhappy that I don't know anyone at Netscape. I would like to
suggest them that if they can't create their own code derived from the
most common aspects of the API then find a different way to pass results
between their components, I'm sure they could come up with many ways to
Danny Sinang wrote:
> This is funny.
> - Danny
> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Lange <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Date: Wednesday, August 05, 1998 2:01 AM
> Subject: What would happen if...
> >Please excuse my rant, I quit smoking yesterday, and had my third call this
> >morning from people who installed Netscape 16 bit version on Win98, dl'd
> >communicator, installed it and can't figure out what's wrong, and want me
> >to fix it for FREE!
> >What would happen if all the ISP's and Computer Service Companies in the
> >US/World got together and jointly QUIT supporting stupid people. Made them
> >pay by the minute for hand holding. Told Bill to support his own junk
> >software. And generally told stupid home computer users to take that junk
> >they bought at circuit city back and NEVER touch anything more complex than
> >a wind up alarm clock. (Even though most of them wouldn't understand the
> >precise concept of counter-clockwise)
> >Thanks for letting me blow off steam.
> >[BTW] Carpet cleaner killed the cricket that has been driving me nuts for
> >the last week. (Hope this does not incite a riot of animal rights
> >activists) I will probably go to jail for this one.
> >Two calls from dolts who can't figure out why their 386sx, drive overlay
> >software on a 12GB drive with 8 partitions, will not run win98, (looser98).
> >Thanks again
> >JOhn :}
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