Dr Eberhard W Lisse wrote:
> > > In any case who pays for the upgrades??
> It's called the Microsoft Tax.
> Or, the price one pays...
Indeed! Many have compared Microsoft in the 1990s to Standard Oil in the
1890s, and Gates to Rockefeller. But I think there's a better (even if
slightly exaggerated :) historical analogy to be made.
Almost everyone who buys a PC pays about $90 for the Windows95/98
license, about 10% of the cost of the computer (about the same
percentage if you look at NT machines too). For centuries, peasants in
Europe (and other Christian feudal societies) paid about 10% of their
harvest to the church automatically ("la dime"). It was the licensing
fee for the Bible. I'm sure that at the beginning, it appeared to make
sense. What's 10% in exchange for eternal salvation? But they didn't
tell you about the bugs in the Bible. They didn't tell you all the
things that you wouldn't be allowed to do under future releases. They
didn't tell you you wouldn't be able to boot Buddha, and that the Islam
API was not compatible. Instead, you are told to wait for the upcoming
release which will solve all your problems... provided you stay