Instead of, why not...

Chad Leigh -- Shire.Net LLC chad at
Sun Feb 13 04:27:11 GMT 2005

On Feb 12, 2005, at 6:56 PM, Anthony Atkielski wrote:

> Bart Silverstrim writes:
>> Every $ spent on a product is another $ supporting it.
> Incidentally true, but not always the objective.
>> Rarely.
> Frequently.  Many software choices and upgrade decisions today are
> driven primarily or solely by a need to become or remain compatible 
> with
> other business partners.
>> Business...some people find alternatives that can read more than one
>> format.
> Sometimes there are no alternatives.  Sometimes there is no advantage 
> in
> looking for alternatives, since the usual choice is also the best
> choice.

I can't think of any time that MS is the best choice, except in perhaps 
some vertical market cases.  It is often the most convenient choice.  
Like the list of software you listed.  Most of that can be replaced 
with other SW -- especially if you switch to Mac OS X, though probably 
also to a BSD or Linux solution.

The fact is you find it more convenient not too, even though you could, 
and would probably be happier without it.


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