So is the interactive "tax" a way for IBM to get money or a way for IBM to
push people off the other technology?

I am not starting a flame war.  Just straight out curiosity.

Adam Lang
Systems Engineer
Rutgers Casualty Insurance Company
----- Original Message -----
From: "James W. Kilgore" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, December 28, 2001 2:09 PM
Subject: Re: Changed to: Interactive Tax

> Adam,
> The "interactive tax" is a phrase used by folks that don't understand
> and how that economics plays into a vendors pricing schedule.
> It boils down to a user having two choices:
> 1) spend money in software development to abandon the 5250 data stream and
> change to a client/server model
> 2) spend money on a "feature" to stay with the 5250 data stream
> In either option the user spends money.  With option #2, IBM gets that
> Therefore, some consider option #2 a "tax".
> What gets some peoples goat is that the 5250 data stream was created for
> S/3x series of machines and changing to a client/server model will require
> labor to do the same job that was done with 5250.
> More than likely that "client" is going to be a Windows based machine and
> been spoiled for so long by the lack of problems with "green screen" 5250
> we just don't want to go there.  Instead of getting over it and moving on,
> would rather pout and whine and call the cost of stagnation a "tax".
> I've been trying to think of some non computer related story to tell that
> put it into perspective and the only one that I have personal experience
with is
> kind of lame, but here goes:
> I used to own three vehicles that required 92->95 octane, with lead, fuel
> operate.  When the states changed to unleaded fuel I had a choice to make.
> money to convert the engines to run on unleaded fuel -or- every time I
bought a
> tank of gas, also buy a lead additive. (or add a little 105 octane
airplane fuel
> <g>)
> I could have labeled that additive as a "tax" to keep things the way they
> were.  After all, the additive comes from the same company that sold the
> unleaded, and abandoned leaded, fuel.
> So each time I bought the additive, I got something more.  I got bitching
> rights.  I'm over it now.  I still have one vehicle that used the high
> leaded fuel, but I had the engine converted.  Now, instead of bitching, I
> sigh and remember when.

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