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…
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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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