So no sooner do I write a piece mentioning the unsettling potential for Microsoft, as the dominant OS, to “lock down” their software in ways that benefit them, but not consumers, than Gates & co. conspire to provide me with an example. (Ok, actually, the example came first, but I just noticed it.) Their Windows Media Player 9 is apparently like one of those creepy Ugandan parasites that crawls into your foot, grows several feet, and wraps itself around your large intestine. Except the parasite won’t take out your word processor with it when it goes. Courtesy of libertarian and open source guru Eric Raymond.
Speak of the Devil. Which is to say, Microsoft
September 18th, 2002 · No Comments