Interview with ‘Just Say No to Microsoft’ author Tony Bove now online

XYZ Computing’s Sal Cangeloso has conducted an interview with Tony Bove, author of the upcoming book, ‘Just Say No to Microsoft.’ With this book Bove intends to help readers rid Microsoft from their life- this is easier said that done, but it is certainly possible. The book goes on to list alternatives to the Microsoft programs on which people have become dependent and probably think they cannot give up.

What was your goal in writing “Just Say No to Microsoft?” How realistic would you say this goal is?

My goal is to provide a road map for using alternatives, or the equivalent of a “12-step method” for getting off Microsoft software (as if it were an addiction). Of course, like any addiction or habit, people have to want to stop; this book helps them realize why they’d want to stop and what they can use instead.

It is obvious now that the Microsoft monopoly, which began sometime around 1983 and culminated with its dominance of most areas of computing by 1998, has created more problems for consumers than it has solved. The road map analogy came to me not long ago, as I fought the traffic on the Pennsylvania Turnpike crossing the state. It looks convenient on paper, if you’re coming from New Jersey and want to bypass Philly on your way across the state. Considering the traffic in Philly, it should be convenient. But once you get on the turnpike, you can’t get off unless you pay exorbitant tolls. The rest stops are overcrowded, and the service monopolies overcharge. The fast food is terrible, and the restrooms are disgusting. It’s a form of highway robbery — for most of the turnpike’s length, you are stuck with two lanes and surrounded by speeding trucks, and nearly half of it seems to be always under construction…

The rest of the answer and more in the full article here.

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You know a company’s doing just great when books like this are being written and published. Hey, Microsofties: “towels.”

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24 Comments

  1. He forgot to add that the Pennsylvania Turnpike isn’t half as straight in real life as it is on paper, gee why is Pittsburgh a 250 mile drive and a 180 mile flight?

    And those bastards trapped me on the goddamned road for 10 hours once. No signs telling me that the bridge at Donegal had collapsed before I got on the turnpike. No radio information telling me why I was sitting in traffic. And by the time I arrived at the last exit where I was forced to exit THEY WERE STILL COLLECTING THE TOLLS!!! Jesus that does sound like Microsoft.

  2. “But once you get on the turnpike, you can’t get off unless you pay exorbitant tolls.”

    That’s why they call them “freeways” in California and why they are called “highways” back East (btw, I grew up in Philly but transplanted myself to California).

    Still, this book comes at a good time and the analogy is sound. Once you buy into Windows, you end up with a frustrating sub-par experience that falls far short of expectations, and you get nickel-and-dimed the whole way.

    No wonder Mac sales grew nearly 50% last quarter. I think more and more people are seeing the light and deciding not to take it anymore.

  3. Another money quote:

    “In the name of choice, our choices as consumers were actually narrowed. Rather than encouraging a choice in computer hardware grounded in innovation, Microsoft’s DOS fostered a choice grounded in copycat engineering.”

    Sounds like all the iPod-bashers whining how the iPod is “anti-choice” and that Windows-only Napster and Real will have consumers by giving them more “freedom” and “choice.”

    How little things have changed, where the players who do the most to limit choice use the promise of choice as a bait…so they can hook you through the lip.

  4. Love it!

    I got rid of all M$ junk from my 3 personal (not corporate owned) Macs, with the exception of M$ Office under Classic on one machine for emergency purposes.

    I’m also weeding out any other products that don’t want to play well with the Mac OS (such as Yahoo! Messenger — no update in how long?).

  5. Microsoft would have to commission books that were favorable to them, whereas people do this on their own accord and write favorably about Apple. Remember the “grassroots” writing campaing to the DOJ to have the anti-trust suit dropped that turned out to be orchestrated by a ghost company MS had started. And remember the Windows “switcher” campaign where apparently only people who have their photos taken for stock photography switch from Macs to PC’s.

    Yeah, MS is sunk.

  6. guys, slightly (but not much) off topic. m$ are running a tv ad in the uk with a young girl talking about plugging her guitar into her laptop and getting dumped by her boyfriend. she makes out that as long as she can record her music and maker her album she doesn’t care. my question is this, what is out there for the sorry m$ users which does the same job as garage band? i have looked and could find nothing. if there isn’t anything, i feel a letter to the advertising standards agency coming on…

    MW:people as in who do these M$ people think they are?

  7. The other psychological force in effect in the Microsoft customer’s mind is probably ‘cognitive dissonance’. In this theory, a person makes a choice for whatever reason that later turns out to be invalid, but the mind of the individual doesn’t like this dissonance, so they basically auto-brainwash themselves into deciding that they did make the right decision, but for a different reason.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_dissonance

    Note that cognitive dissonance is in effect in almost all buyers’ minds. People don’t generally like to admit that they bought crap, even after that has been proven to be the case.

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