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SubjectRe: Uncle Sam Wants YOU!
On Sun, 01 Jul 2001, Kurt Maxwell Weber wrote:
>On Sunday 01 July 2001 13:48, you wrote:
>> Kurt Maxwell Weber wrote:
>> > I'm going to take a break from lurking to point out that I am not
>> > dissatisfied with Windows. It has its uses, as do Linux (and NetBSD, and
>> > Solaris, and the other operating systems I have installed at home).
>> > Frankly, I don't have a problem with Microsoft. If I don't like their
>> > product, I'm free to choose not to use it.
>> You do understand, don't you, that microsoft is
>> working frantically to take that choice away from
>> you? it's easy to sit back and say it doesn't affect
>> you, til one day you realize that you can't connect
>> to your ISP unless you are running windows xp.
>> Then it hits you, and it's too late.
>In that case, I have the following options:
>1) Start my own ISP

Only if the upstream provider doesn't require you to use windows.

>2) Use Windows XP
>3) Not use Windows XP and not be able to use my current ISP
>4) Go to a different ISP

You may not be able to find another. It took me a year. I gave up. I was
fortunate that Verio doesn't care what you have... though if you use
the dialup or basic dsl, MS is it, or no real support.

>I'll just have to decide which I value more. As long as I won't be killed
>for using a different OS, I still have a choice.

No, but you might be forced out of a job.

Jesse I Pollard, II

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