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32BitsOnline: Looking for FUD in all the Right Places

Oct 11, 2000, 20:35 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Clifford Smith)

"If it is true that breaking up the Redmondites will play hell with business worldwide to the tune of three hundred billion dollars, give or take a DaVinci or two - what is the cost of actually just leaving them alone?"

"Well, if you've ever had an app dump core and take the entire OS with it, how much does your lost productivity cost you? How about a repeated reboot, then a reinstall? If you bill hourly, do you charge your customer for the time it takes to rebuild whatever it was you were working on? Do you employ an extra IT person just to take care of reboots and reinstalls? How often do you have to rebuild the database from back up tapes when your version of Access leaks memory and corrupts data? At what point do you write off the (tens of) thousands spent on deploying a M$ product that the ads and the reps SAID would work for real-time transactions, and instead just buy Oracle or DB2 to save your job?"

"If your IT department reimages your business machines with a customized shot of Win2K or whatever and you lose the support contract values that were included with your new machine at purchase, is that accounted for in your year-end business losses? Is there even a category for that kind of loss at the end of the year? I don't think the IRS has any sympathy for "losses incurred through software licensing schemes that took you to the cleaners to the tune of $100 to $350 per occurrance"...although attempting that kind of claim might be a good way to get audited. Heh."

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