Mini-Microsoft Cutting Room Floor

Sunday, July 23, 2006

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"Like this? I doubt it would be very popular in the US."

I doubt it would be popular in Thailand either. I have lived there. A lot of smart people all over the (third) world don't want to be treated like stupid people who are not educated. If you are using a computer, they would want to be treated equally in form and function.

What I meant was that as long as Microsoft continues to suck up all the air in a room, not only do your customers feel suffocated, but so do all the businesses trying to survive.

The current Microsoft has a business model that tends to wait for someone else to innovate then it tries to figure out how to make it theirs, only better.

What the world wants is a really really good operating system. Not a ho hum OS ten thousand add ons built in. By clean I mean stripped down to work as an OS only--a framework on which to build what you want. Spin off any businesses that make that part. Let them compete in the open market without the advantage of the OS and all your lawsuits will go away.

For starters, my list of removable modules would be:
DRM
REGISTRY
SECURITY (Except you need to make the OS intrinsically secure, like remove the Active-X and other perforated hack heavens.)
MEDIA PLAYER
BROWSER.

Probably more, but the idea is to make a modular system that people can customize with third party devices and programs to their liking. This implies that you need to be more open in your architecture so that music for example will all work with the same format or at least allow your formats to be read/written by third party devices.

The problem is you want it all and, well, your customers, or at least this customer does not want you to provide it all.

You can still offer bundled versions with all the Microsoft bells and whistles, but your resellers want to offer third party bundles too. Its called capitalism and free market economics.

(Bounced given the whole anti-DRM thing. Does anyone actually give Apple crap for Quicktime and iTunes? And if you removed the registry from Windows, well. . . it wouldn't be a good thing.)

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  • "(Bounced given the whole anti-DRM thing. Does anyone actually give Apple crap for Quicktime and iTunes? And if you removed the registry from Windows, well. . . it wouldn't be a good thing.)"

    Generally, when a user files a complaint, sometimes that user may hit on a problem but not understand the complexity of his solution. At least I offered a solution to the following problems:

    Everybody hates DRM and millions go out of their way to buy MP3 players to put their cd music on just to avoid the DRM trappings. I even have content that I own that a few years ago were DRMed (I have no idea how that happened) that I cannot now play because the original hard drive the data is on won't let me access it. While DRM tends to cause more problems than it solves, it also creates a huge legacy data issue that will only get larger with time.

    Second, regarding registry, no matter what one does, registry craps up with all kinds of garbage that reg cleaners will find and delete. Obviously in terms of DRM and Registry, both are bottlenecks requiring lots of attention by the user that should never occur. Look at it this way. What if Microsoft was required to reimburse for time lost due to crazy schemes that none of us really wanted in the first place? And, who tasked Apple or Microsoft to be the keepers of this gate in the first place? Shouldn't those responsibilities (managing copyright content and software registry be problems put squarely on the owners of the copyrights and EULAs? Last time I checked, Microsoft and Apple were not elected officials or appointed officers of enforcement.

    By Blogger headstuf.com, at July 26, 2006 at 11:07 AM  

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