I agree also, but it's hard to ignore some of what's written. In the article ( 
http://www.gcn.com/vol19_no27/dod/2868-1.html ) mentioned at the start of this 
thread, two consecutive paragraphs:

Lockheed Martin officials chose Microsoft in part because of the company’s 
“experience in computers, networks and systems,” Lockwood said. “We felt that 
Microsoft had a lot of insight” that could help Lockheed Martin stay current 
with commercial technology, he said.

(Translation: "We chose the best company for the job.")

“This is a new area for us,” said Keith Hodson, a Microsoft Government 
spokesman. “Windows-based products have not traditionally been associated with 
Defense Department-specific mission-critical applications.”

(Translation: "Huh? Us?")

And from a Wired News article ( 
http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,48756,00.html ) today:

Nicole von Kaenel, Product Manager for Microsoft Office, said that while 
"data1.msi" is present on all copies of the Office CD, the file-location 
problem is caused by OESU using "Windows Installer Technology" to apply updates 
and patches.

(Translation: "Gee, guess we shoulda knowd better'n usin' thet blasted Windows 
technolugy stuff in our own products.")

Is it possible to go more than a couple days without seeing similar?

While AS/400s and iSeries have their share of oddities and frustrations (WRKJOB 
*OPNF or "marketing" or ...), we see new items on that list only rarely. But 
how many times can you repeat the same positives (integrated facilities, meets 
many open interoperability standards, reliability, 64-bit, etc.,...) without 
sounding like a broken record and being tuned out?

It ain't news no more unfortunately.

Tom Liotta

On Mon, 03 December 2001, Jan Megannon wrote:

> Hi Buck,
> I quite agree with you. I regularly attended IBM roadshows and presentations.
> How often is it not that we hear how bad the M$ products are, rather than how
> good the IBM products are? It may be a territorial thing, but that's been my
> experience. When will IBM learn that their name actually stands for 'It Beats
> Microsoft'? :-)

Tom Liotta
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