"The TomTom claims cover such things as a multitasking computer
on which you can run programs, in a car. A wireless
Internet-connected computer, in a car. And how to create long file
names in the MS-DOS filing system--a fix introduced in Windows 95
because MS-DOS is a direct descendent of 1974's vintage 8-bit CP/M
operating system. A direct descendant? More a bastard child: MS-DOS
helped itself freely to many of CP/M's design concepts, in some
"But those were the days when Bill Gates could say that software
patents had the potential to put the industry at "a complete
standstill" and with good reason. If the sort of protection
Microsoft now claims for itself had been available to CP/M then,
Microsoft would never have created its monopoly, nor amassed a
fraction of its power."
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