• Subject: Re: Code/400
  • From: "James W. Kilgore" <qappdsn@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 02 Jul 1999 16:49:31 -0700
  • Organization: Progressive Data Systems, Inc.



Jon.Paris@halinfo.it wrote:

>  >> Let's face it, it's time for IBM to admit that the PC is here to stay and
> should supply the users with all software to get their jobs done at no
> additional cost.
>
> And are you suggesting to Bill Gates that he should give us all a free copy of
> NT so that we can replace the *%$@! copy of Win 95/98 we are currently using.
>
> Lets be real here.

If I recall correctly, when a MS executive first suggested giving away Internet
Explorer for free, Mr Gates muttered "communist" <g>

This is a capitalist, free market society.  Giving something away works when 
it's
nothing more than bait.  Like a "free" PC as an advertising transport.  Or a 
toaster
to move your bank account.  Frequent flyer miles. etc.

If I'm going to spend 3 years of my life writing some (IMNSHO, kick a** ) code, 
how
do I afford to eat?  I charge for it.  And not only that, I charge what the 
market
will bear. (the humbling experience that this may be) Unless you won the lotto, 
I
don't think that when you are offered a pay check you say" "No thanks". =:-o

IBM/MS/et al have a lot of pay checks to sign.  And AFAIK, none are being turned
down.  The money -has- to come from somewhere.  If not you, maybe your neighbor?
(and remember, they are thinking the same of you!)

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