Nicholas Petreley maintains that Microsoft has the
thought-control rays turned on and pointed at the industry's head.
How else to explain a centralized computing model like .NET's
recent acceptance when network computing has been savaged in favor
of PC computing for years?
"WAKE UP, open-source community. The battle is not for
the desktop; it is not for the server; it is not for the operating
system; it is not for the development environment; it is not about
the GNU General Public License (GPL) vs. Microsoft's business
model. The battle is primarily about who will control
One of my favorite scenes in the movie Ghostbusters II takes
place during the taping of a TV show, "World of the Psychic, with
Dr. Peter Venkman." During the show, a guest named Elaine reveals
how she found out the date for the end of the world, "As I told my
husband: It was in the Paramus Holiday Inn. I was having a drink at
the bar, alone, and this alien approached me. He started talking to
me, he bought me a drink, and then I think he must have used some
kind of a ray or a mind-control device because he forced me to
follow him to his room; and that's where he told me about the end
of the world." Bill Murray replies incredulously, "So your alien
had a room at the Holiday Inn in Paramus?"
As humorous as that may appear, I have come to the conclusion
that one of two things must be true: Either Microsoft has a
mind-control device similar to the one mentioned above, or some
members of the mainstream media are as gullible as Elaine. I can
think of no other explanation why people are reacting so
differently to Microsoft's .NET than they did to IBM, Oracle, and
Sun's promotion of NC (network computing) a few years back."