More stupidity – Soviet Microsoft: Stockholm Syndrome Among Unswitchable Windows User?


Soviet Microsoft: Stockholm Syndrome Among Unswitchable Windows Users

This crap is getting ridiculous. First Microsoft is the Soviet Union, and now anyone who does not agree with the “Microsoft is an evil empire” crowd and switch to inferior desktop environments such as Linux, or closed, over-priced systems like Mac (both of which I like in the right context, and both of which I have developed software on) is obviously mentally impaired and suffering from Stockholm Syndrome.

People, get a freaking life. This is bloody software, nothing more. If you like it, buy it and use it. If you don’t like it, DON’T. Either way, stop playing amateur psychologist, political analyst, or whatever else you are playing, and please, please, please STFU. 


I have been working in the world of technology for 25-odd years. I am an entrepreneur and consultant, focused on software solutions, social networking, and innovation processes. Currently, I am a Principal Consultant with T4G Limited, specializing in Portal Technologies (including SharePoint), software/systems development, service oriented architectures, and many other things which I will probably not remember until I need to use them. Prior to that, I was VP of Technology at Whitehill Technologies, Inc., where I spent almost 9 years helping to grow the company from a start-up to one of the most successful private software companies in Canada. Prior to that I worked on internet conferencing using early VoIP, and on large military communications projects. Before even that, I worked in satellite control, and remote sensing. Going way back to university, my focus was on theoretical physics and astrophysics. Currently my interests revolve around most aspects of software development, from technologies to management, and in the area of defining sustainable, repeatable processes for innovation within technology organizations. I also have a particular interest in Tablet PC technologies – I have been using one for several years, and I love it. On the personal side, I still have a strong interest in all aspects of science, especially physical sciences, as well as philosophy and comparative religion. In addition, I am into music, playing guitar (badly, I am sorry to say), and reading almost anything I can lay my hands on. I am also a member of the IEEE/IEEE Computer Society, and of the Association for Computing Machinery.

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3 comments on “More stupidity – Soviet Microsoft: Stockholm Syndrome Among Unswitchable Windows User?
  1. Geez says:

    “I am absolutely sick of listening to people whine about Microsoft. Get over it.”

    That isn’t going to happen when M$ keeps creating crap like Vista 😉

  2. Fred says:

    Thanks for the response – though I am not sure what a “myspace-like rant” is, never having wasted any time on MySpace, but I assume it was an attempt at an insult.

    My point is, this IS only software. It is not world-shaking stuff. Comparing it in any way to millions of people who suffered and died under oppressive regimes is inaccurate, innappropriate, and insulting to them. There are alot more important things in the world which need to be addressed.

    If you do not like MS, do not use their stuff. If other people choose to, that is their business.

    I am absolutely sick of listening to people whine about Microsoft. Get over it.

  3. danieleran says:

    Hey Fred, thanks for the link.

    If you’re abused by your vendor, can’t leave, and make excuses for why you’d rather stay chained than examine options, it’s not just software, it’s a torn psyche.

    An if you’ve been a professional for 20 years and are posting this kind of myspace-like rants, maybe you need to lay off the coffee or get laid.

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