At 20:23 09-07-01 +0000, Lynn Allen wrote:
>The main point is that regardless of how *monolithic* sofware companies
>believe themselves to be (Microsoft and Adobe come to mind), and how
>*infallable* some engineers occasionally consider themselves to be (no
>present company included or excluded), the fact remains that it's you and
>I who are "down here in the trenches," working with these machines and
>this software. I'm happy to say that at least a few members on this list
>are one or both of the above, and *do* pay attention. But the vast
>majority are more concerned with their blocks of code and their
>stock-sharing contracts than they are with the users.
>I remain an Equal Oportunity Cynic, like Art. I should probably make more
>noise when I see a good program (like Vuescan), or good hardware (like
>Dell). But as far as I see it, we users are largely oversupplied,
>oversold, and underserved by the industry. The Industry *does* in fact
>need a good, swift, kick in the butt. :-)
Of course it does but the US-DOJ apparently wasn't up to the job. That
leaves us consumers.
Sidebar// nobody can truly detest and disrespect Microsoft as much as
someone who was on the inside for six years as I was [former Senior
Technical Writer--Windows NT Server Resource Kit 91-97]. I was at enough
company meetings to know how they really think and it's not pretty.
(not linked from intro page)
Cary Enoch Reinstein aka Enoch's Vision, Inc., Peach County, Georgia
http://www.enochsvision.com/, http://www.bahaivision.com/ -- "Behind all
these manifestations is the one radiance, which shines through all things.
The function of art is to reveal this radiance through the created object."