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LXer: Microsoft Hicks Take Backward Stand On Interoperability

Feb 21, 2007, 01:30 (3 Talkback[s])
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"I grew up in rural West Virginia. The nearest thing to a city was 10 or so miles from our house. Now that I live in Charlotte, NC, 10 miles is across town. People consider West Virginians to be 'backwards hicks,' 'hillbillies' and sometimes worse than that. I didn't help that impression while my Marine buddies were teasing me, either. I firmly upheld the 'Mayberry' image, letting some of them believe Pa was among the first in the Southern part of our county to own an automobile.

"Regardless of how backwards I may seem or even be, the recent 'love letter' from Microsoft to IBM makes me feel like a modern-day, global jet-setter..."

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