On 01-10-12 11:57, Pertti Rönnberg wrote:
Dear Wolfgang & Jay,
A. so in your opinion people - both young and old - not yet knowing
anything about computers, perhaps buying their first unit, are - not
only "IT-illiterate" but also "morons"
B. so you agree that among these "IT-illiterate morons (= idiots)"
are bosses, persons in chief position (managers).
When responsible for their dept's/company's strategic and operative
effectiveness and economical result, these "IT-illiterate morons" decide
about the need of an IT-department -- and employ an IT-manager to that
department to take care of the company's IT-system, programs and
Are you not barking at a wrong tree - is it not this your IT-superior
you should bark at?
I take it obvious that neither of you can be in a manager position.
C. Obviously you qualify yourselves as highly "IT-literate" --
perhaps even "non-morons".
Some weeks ago LibO invited people to take part to make LibO better.
Would it not be an good idea that you - instead of blaming others - took
the opportunity to practice your high quality IT-knowledge to the
benefit of LibO.
As a Dutch (now retired) manager of a small business in IT I must
disagree. Yes, Jay and Wolfgang are not very polite but they surely are
right. I won't call them "morons" or "idiots" but choosers for safety on
Don't forget a salesman in a computer-shop will never tell a person that
he could use Open Source software when he can sell him buggy Microsoft
software with a profit of > 30%. He will tell him that on his computer
only certified Microsoft software will work correctly. You and I know
its complete nonsense but an IT-illiterate layman - especially those
that are afraid of everything technical - believes him. The same goes
for managers with even less interest in technical matters and a willing
ear for equals who sells him there stuff.
It is not for nothing that governments (Peru, Germany and many others)
demand the use of Open Source software instead of the use of closed
source, dangerous and expensive software. Twenty years ago the hard- and
software world was completely different and there Microsoft has made his
largest impact using unlawful methods to make everybody believe their
software was the only one to be used.A small governmental action
contrary was when the European Committee forced Microsoft to pay a fine
of > $ 500,000 and to remove Internet explorer as integral part of their
OS. But the main objection against the activities of Microsoft remain
valid: the disinformation of managers and decisional people on the fact
that they have to pay yearly for service not delivered. Since 1981 when
Microsoft began to SELL software the buyer owned the software. Now
Microsoft want to steal the ownership from the buyer by stating that the
software is not bought but leased. That is wrong. Software running on a
remote system not owned by the buyer - and running only there - can be
leased just as installed software on a leased system. In all other cases
the software is owned.
Moreover, when I buy a car and after a day my car is broken in due to
an unreliable lock, I get all refunded. Tell that to Microsoft!!
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