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Monsoft or Microsanto

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It’s not just Wintel that sucks, but also Monsanto, which should come as no surprise to anyone, that Bill Gates owns like 5% of Monsanto shares.

What this means in practice is that the same patent trolling, proprietary vendor lock-in, and embrace, extend and extinguish strategy that has historically been employed by Microsoft on software, is what Monsanto is doing now on food. Most people are idiots and don’t understand anything of importance regardless of if it’s software, food, web standards and so on. But with Monsanto controlling the food supply, we are all in great danger.

Yeah no shit. Monsanto is to food what Wintel is to computers.

Bill Gates, humanitarian.

I am really getting tired of this line. I mean maybe he is engaging in some undoing to try to wash his hands of his evil past, but who cares? He’s still the same old crook he’s always been. Psychopaths don’t typically get a lot better, though they can mellow with age.

Monsatan is the Microsoft of food, and it’s just about as Hellish. Well of course Gates if fully invested. Bill could spot an evil monopoly 10 miles away blindfolded, at night. He couldn’t resist.

Love the way he “donated” all of this Windows computers to all of those poor intellectually starving schoolchildren. Now he’s got them all hooked on his Microsoft heroin! Nice guy. That’s about as bad as slinging crack across from the school, and probably even more addicting.

But I suppose Gates and Monsatano ought to be hooking up after all, if only in expectation of the future. Hell can be a lonely place, and Bill is palling up with his GMO corporate pals in advance so they are good friends by the time they arrive at their well-deserved eternal destination. Can’t say the guy doesn’t plan ahead.

Monsoft or Microsanto, coming soon to a capitalist dystopia near you! You will be assimilated!

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Die Office Die

Death to Microsoft Office. I have been using this application for some time now, and I must say that I quite like it. It’s not bad, and you really might want to give it a try. It’s not perfect, but then I do not know how to make it work either. The big problem with Office of course is proprietary formats.

Death to Microsoft.

Death to Bill Gates.

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Monopoly Capitalism Is Worthless

Proprietary formats, the natural product of computer software monopolies,  are all shit, and they are one reason why computer software is one of the most evil capitalist industries on Earth. Quite literally, competing applications refuse to work with each other. Not only that but they try to attack each other and shut each other down.

What if your Evilco microwave would not work unless you had all other Evilco products in the kitchen. What is it refused to work because it detected a Worldco coffeemaker. What if every time you went to use your Worldco coffeemaker your microwave would make it break and not work right? What if in order to make your microwave work, you had to buy all your other kitchen appliances from Evilco too? What sort of bullshit is that?

What if the biggest car companies took over all the gas stations and made it so that only their cars would run on a certain gas brand. There you are on the highway, running out of gas in your Toyota, and the only gas station up ahead is a Ford station where the gas only works on a Ford.

Computer software is a natural monopoly like power, water, gas, roads and phones. All natural monopolies are either owned by the people or regulated by the people in the interest of the people to keep the monopolies from getting out of hand and abusing the people too much with their market power. It’s worked pretty well except for phones because we stopped regulating phone companies a long time ago.

High speed internet and cable TV are also natural monopolies and as such ought to either be run by the people or at least regulated by the people. Instead they are unregulated monopolies and they are abusing consumers in horrifying ways.

Worse, there is really nothing you can do about it. In any given area, DSL is owned by Evil Phone Company A. Sure their service is overpriced, evil and shit, but you have nowhere to go. You can go to Evil Cable Company A, but they’re just as evil as the phone company. The cable and phone companies each have a monopoly in your area and each other abuses customers as much as they get away with. And they don’t compete on price either. Instead the phone and cable companies collude to fix prices at a very high level.

E-publishing is a catastrophe. Sure Kindle sounds cool, and there are nice things about the device. However, Amazon’s Mobi and AWZ3 formats refuse to read the formats of its competitors, Barnes and Noble’s Kobo format or iBooks’ ePub format. So if you buy a Kindle, you now have to buy all your ebooks from Amazon for all of eternity!

It would be like if your bookshelf only held certain books. You would have to buy all your books from Satan Booksellers because if you bought them from any other booksellers, the books would simply fall off your Satan Booksellers bookshelf. So you’re locked in.

This is shit. It’s like if you buy a Ford car and Chevrolet owned half the roads in town and the Chevy roads slowly destroyed the tires on your Ford car. So if you want to get around town, you need to buy a Chevy just to drive on certain roads. What these assholes are doing, from Bill Gates to ATT to Comcast to Amazon to the rest, is they are forcing you to buy their shit. I thought capitalism was supposed to be about choice? I thought capitalism was supposed to be about competition. Once you get rid of choice and competition in capitalism you have gotten rid of the two best things about capitalism, and you may as well go to socialism where the State Shoe Company is the only outfit making shoes.

I do not necessarily mind regulated capitalism that accentuates the positive things about capitalism (I think capitalism has some great aspects, and Karl Marx agreed with me), while at the same regulating and attacking the negative aspects of capitalism that assault workers, consumers, the environment, society and life itself, but I do not see the point of monopoly capitalism. It seems like it is just a gigantic pile of steaming shit. The only people who get anything out of it are the whores who slut it up with the monopolists. Everybody else gets fucked. Even the monopolists’ own workers get screwed because monopolies tend to treat their workers a lot worse than companies in competitive industries.

What is wrong with Americans? They act like they love monopolies. What are we, a nation of masochists?

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Computer Software Capitalists Are the Worst

Rantus writes:

Oh boy oh boy. Look, Microsoft sucks, it always has. Google at least innovates and Facebook was founded BT a backstabbing rat that double crossed two trust fund kids and stole their ideas.

The software industry, and computing in general is still very, very primitive. You show me one emerging industry that wasn’t horribly ruthless at its inception. Once the industry evolves then it will at least become somewhat more equitable, but that will take some time.

There are lots of emerging industries in this land that are not run by scums. Software is a natural monopoly. That’s the whole problem right there.

Show me one other industry that forces you to use their shit.

Show me one other industry where competing products refuse to work with each other and try to actively sabotage each other. Could you imagine if you went to turn on your microwave and it refused to work or worked very poorly because it detected that you had a coffeemaker from a competing company? Could you imagine if Ford cars could only use “Ford gas” and “Ford oil” and “Ford parts” and would only run on “Ford roads?” This is what the world would look like if all the other capitalists were as scummy as the software capitalist criminals.

Show me one other industry that forces you to upgrade your product even when it is working fine. Could you imagine if your microwave was working fine and then one it just stopped working by some preset mechanism and you were forced to go spend $500 to buy a new one? With all other products, you simply use them until they stop working, and even then, you can nearly always repair them to make them work again.

Name one other industry where such a thing as abondonware exists at all?

Name one other industry where you purchase a product that you cannot resell, and you can’t even see it in your hand nor can you fix it when it goes bad (Microsoft preinstalled OS).

I used to be in newsgroups with these scums. I met a few decent people in the industry, but most of them were just pure garbage. I met a lot of the people who ran these companies. I thought a lot of them were nothing more than criminals.

These are some of the shittiest human beings on Earth.

A solution for the software industry:

Open source is a model for the software industry that will force software makers to make money by being decent human beings and will prevent them from making money by being scums, which is what they have done all along.

Notice I do not have much of a beef with the hardware industry except Intel, which is an illegal monopoly. In the hardware industry we have no forced upgrades, no abandonware, no planned obsolescence, no products you can’t hold in your hand, resell or try to fix, no products that refuse to work with competing products, no forcing you to use their stuff.

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Windows NT Registry Optimizer

Repost from the old site.

Windows NT Registry Optimizer, a program out of Germany. Great little free file (contribute if you wish) that does a great job of fixing the Windows NT, 2000 and XP registry. A lot of these programs cause more problems than they fix, but this one is conservative and seems to work pretty nicely. I run it fairly regularly.

If your NT-based Windows OS is starting to get flaky, run this program right away. I’ve nipped many a problem in the bud by running this program as soon as a weird problem developed.

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How Bill Gates Forces You to Buy and Use His Crap

Well, it has always been possible to use different OSes on a standard PC- with the Acorns for one thing you couldn’t as the OS was hard-coded in ROM! I meant to add you could always use other software applications too- like with IE and Netscape (now Firefox, Chrome etc.), or perhaps Wordperfect, Lotus, StarOffice etc. (now OpenOffice/LibreOffice) instead of MS Office…

Not really true as many websites were IE-only and many still are! See how Gates tries to force you to use his shit. These stupid fuck web companies and web designers make their site to work in IE only and make it so it fails in everything non-IE. Just lazy coding. It is very simple to use web standards to make sites that work in all browsers.

M$ made this all much worse by coming up with M$ only computer languages, M$-only fake JavaScript, M$ only JavaScript coding that fails in everything else, M$ only HTML (MSHTML) with HTML codes that break in all non-IE browsers. Furthermore, IE deliberately violates all web standards all the time, so if you try to design to standards, IE will often deliberately break it, forcing you to incorporate separate IE only code on your page. Since IE forces you to make IE only code anyway, a lot of designers say screw it and just make the page IE only and forget about standards.

IE has always been by far the worst about implementing web standards. They either don’t care due to huge market share, or they are out to deliberately break and destroy all standards.

Wordperfect was always better than Word and may still be. Bill Gates personally destroyed the best word processor.

Can you name any other industry where the inferior product always beats the superior product? This is what happens in software due to its monopoly nature. Gates leveraged his monopoly to destroy all the competition. The result was that his inferior programs always beat all of the superior competing programs. This can only happen in a monopoly and computer software is a natural monopoly, and this is why so many application areas get overrun by one monopoly vendor.

The whole idea of an inferior product overrunning and forcing superior products out of business by monopoly means is insanity and goes against everything capitalism is supposed to stand for – vigorous competition and a product range varying from superior to inferior with choice up to the consumer. There is almost no other industry where inferior products always run superior products out of business and end up with monopolies. Most industries are sane. Computer software is insane.

We have always tried to make standards for all applications. We tried to have a word processor standard so all word processors could save in that file format and any WP could read anything produced in any other WP. M$ deliberately broke it. M$ deliberately made their crappy Word program so that it would not open or read files in other formats. Also Word files could not be read by competing products because M$ refused to release the Word protocol so competitors could fix their product to read Word files. Reading Word files has always been guesswork as the protocols are proprietary.

M$ did the same for .odf which they are trying to make into a standard word processor file format that can be ready by anyone anywhere. M$ has made their own competing M$ .odf which is not the same and breaks .odf. All the while M$ is singing about how much they love standards.

We also tried to make standards for database files and for spreadsheet files. As it is, you need to read .xls files for work, so you let Bill Gates fuck your ass while he forces you to buy overpriced Excel.

Databases written in M$ file formats cannot be read by other databases. Result: You are forced to buy Bill Gates’ Access program to read work files.

You see how Bill Gates forces you to buy his product? You see how computer software is a natural monopoly?

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Why the Cable Monopolies Suck

At least cable companies used to be pretty much a natural monopoly, or at least only had to compete with the traditional Telco that still used copper wire on the one hand, and with satellite TV on the other. There’s only so much wiring and infrastructure that will fit in any town.

It has not always been possible to use different OS’s. Many to most programs only run on Windows. If you want to use those programs, you have to use Windows. I have always wanted to move away from Windows but I have always been stopped by the application lock-in. Also even your Net provider often mandates Windows. If you use a non-Windows OS and you have problems with your Net connection, your Net provider will often refuse to help you as they say, “We only support Windows OS.”

You do not have any choices with cable. Cable prices are far above what they would normally be in a competitive environment. Can you please explain to me why I should pay $50/month just to fucking watch TV?! Yeah, I want to watch TV. That ought to cost me, max, $30/month, right?

And the cable companies do not compete at all with the satellite assholes and the broadband phone company assholes. The telcos are now offering TV, and the satellite companies always have.

Well you have a choice:

  • Evil cable company monopoly offer: $50/month just to watch TV (way overpriced).
  • Stupid satellite company monopoly “competitive offer”: $75/month just to watch TV, plus $300 to buy the dish (some competition).
  • Evil Telco monopoly offer: $50/month just to watch TV (like they are competing).

As you can see, they are hardly even competing with each other! They are all monopolies, and each one is offering to sell you ridiculously overpriced monthly TV coverage. Isn’t that stupid?

Yeah, you got a choice in cable companies. Check out this choice! You can move to different cities so you can get screwed by different cable companies!

Live in City A. Offer: Evil cable company A.

Options:

  • Move to City B. Offer: Evil cable company B.
  • Move to City C. Offer: Evil cable company C.
  • Move to City D. Offer: Evil cable company D.

Wow, that’s a lot of choices! You actually get to choose which asshole company you let fuck you over!

There was an easy way around all this bullshit. Have the state lay the cable lines everywhere. Or I would say have the state take the cable lines from the cable companies (I guess we would have to reimburse them). Now that the state owns the lines, all sorts of cable companies can now compete to use the lines. See?

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Why Microsoft Sucks

Stalker writes:

I agree Linux and Mac have made life tough for Microsoft and Bill Gates, but the comfort level and user friendliness associated with or provided by MS is missing.

For example I could easily format my drive in case of Registry issues in MS, and formatting doesn’t take much time these days. For OS 7 and O2 8 all we need is spend some 30 minutes. And all the bugs and issues with use are easy to fix in Windows, and chat assistance (customer service) provided by MS is more or less useful in that way. Where as we cant say the same about the others right?

Not true, the Mac has always been way more user-friendly and comfortable than Windows. I understand that the latest Linux GUI’s are as comfortable and easy to use as Windows.

You act like formatting your hard drive (a catastrophic measure) is some kind of a cool thing to do! I hate formatting my drive. I always lose lots of data, programs, setting and browser add-ons. You have to reinstall all of your programs. It’s like tearing down a town because it’s got some problems.

Microsoft assistance is $39/call. You call that friendly. MS bugs and issues are NOT easy to fix on Windows. OK, I have some file corruption in a program or in the OS (probably in the Registry). You got any brilliant ideas on how I can fix that without System Restore (another catastrophic function)? You don’t have any because all you can do is System Restore.

Furthermore, Microsoft is the most evil corporation in the last 30 years by far. Among the hierarchy of corporate criminals, Microsoft is like the serial killer with the biggest body count. I read up on Microsoft’s evil ways and recalled all the times I had been forced to use their products and it made me so angry that I simply boycotted them as much as I could. Why reward evil? When you stick up for Bill Gates and Microsoft, you are cheering for evil. It’s like being a serial killer groupie.

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Microsoft and the Netscape Episode

Steve said

He did whatever he could to make Microsoft as successful as possible and make his products successful and beat the competition. He leant on PC makers to include IE instead of Netscape. Isn’t that the logical thing to do? Strike deals, use your leverage, to beat the competition. Clearly I don’t know enough about the history of Microsoft or the law but the what I’ve read about the Netscape stuff doesn’t seem that bad.

The Netscape episode was all illegal. They were leveraging their monopoly in order to force you to use their other stuff by bundling the browser with the OS. You can’t do that. It’s illegal. You can’t bundle other products with your monopoly product (that everyone has to buy) in order to leverage your illegal monopoly to destroy the competition for other products.

He leaned on PC makers to include IE instead of Netscape. Isn’t that the logical thing to do? Strike deals, use your leverage, to beat the competition.

As Microsoft had a monopoly on the Windows OS, he could force computer makers to exclude Netscape and include the crap IE instead (which to this day is an inferior browser). How? Because they needed to have a low price on Windows in order to sell computers. Gates threatened to not sell them Windows OS’s or to sell them to them at a very high price if they included competing products. You can’t do that. You can’t say, “If you use my competitor’s products, I will fuck you and destroy you. If you use my competitor’s products, then we won’t allow you to carry any of our products, or we will charge you 5X as much for our products.” That is illegal. And this is what monopolists do.

All of Microsoft’s products were always inferior to the competition, but it never mattered since once you have an illegal monopoly, an inferior product can beat a superior product because you force everyone to use it.

Do you understand law at all? Do you understand US and international law regarding illegal monopolies? Do you understand why they are illegal? Because Microsoft was a monopoly, they were able to charge vastly higher prices for their products than if it were not a monopoly. Also their products hardly improved at all. Monopolies never improve their products because since everyone is forced to use them anyway, The only reason to improve a product is because the competition is threatening you. If you have a monopoly and everyone is forced to use your stuff, why would you waste money improving the product? All that money spent improving the product would be wasted since there is no reason to improve it.

Illegal monopolies are illegal under US law. They’re not fair. No one, but no one, but no one, can compete against an illegal monopoly. Why? Because an illegal monopoly makes it impossible for anyone to compete against them.

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HTML Code Template For Commenting on Blogs

Repost from the old site.

Many people comment on blogs, either using Blogger‘s built-in commenter or the commenters on Movable Type or Typepad (two blogging platforms that compete with Blogger).

However, when most people make links in either of these commenting systems, they mess it up and end up making a huge hyperlink that scrolls across the page and is not clickable (Movable Type and Typepad‘s commenters may have ways to make a clickable hyperlink – I am not sure).

Another problem when using commenting systems is that many people do not seem to know how to differentiate quoted comments with your own comments. The best way is to put the quoted comments in italics and leave your own non-italicized. You can also bold either your comments or the other person’s comments.

When you don’t differentiate between quoted comments and your own comments, there is confusion about who wrote what.

So, as Lenin asked, “What is to be done?” Well, one thing you could do is what I do, and that is to set up a template for commenting on blogs. I will next show you some HTML code to put in your template.

Even better yet, you really don’t even need to know any HTML to make and use this template. Of course, although Blogger does not require any knowledge of HTML, any HTML knowledge you can acquire will always help you to use Blogger better. There are plenty of basic HTML books out there. I strongly recommend the HTML 4 For Dummies book as a great starter book for any beginner.

How to make your template:

First of all, to make your template, use a plain text file. I do not recommend using Word or any other mainstream word processor, nor should you use your email program or newsreader. On Windows platforms, Notepad automatically uses plain text for all of its files. There are other plain text editors out there, like Notepad++ (one of my favorite applications). The Mac has a correlate of Notepad called Text Edit.

On Windows, find Notepad by going to Search – Files and Folders and typing in Notepad. When you find it, right click and choose Make Shortcut. A message will come up saying, “Windows cannot make a shortcut here. Do you want one on the desktop instead?” Choose Yes. Now go to your desktop and note that you have a shortcut to Notepad there. Leave it there.

Now, double-click Notepad to create a new file. It will open a new blank file with the title “Untitled“. Now go to File – Save As and a Save As screen will come up probably asking you to save the file on your desktop, but it may ask you to save somewhere else, like My Documents. Wherever it asks you to save, make a note of where it is saving the file so you can find it again.

Under File Name it will say *.txt. Save as Type will be Text Documents (*.txt). Encoding will say ANSI. Leave Save as Type and Encoding as they are unless you really know what you are doing. Now, under File Name, go to the beginning of the *.txt string and delete the *, leaving the .txt. Now start typing a name for your file.

Let’s call it HTML for Blog Comments (but you can call it anything you want). Make sure to leave the .txt at the end of the file name. When you finish typing the file name, click Save. You can now go look on your desktop if you want and you should see a saved file sitting there called HTML for Blog Comments.

Now go back to the opened Notepad file that is open in your taskbar and click on it to open it up. Notice that the title has changed from Untitled to HTML for Blog Comments.

Now we are going to start typing. Type the following characters in your Notepad file:

<i> </i> <i> </i> <i> </i> <i> </i> <i> </i> <i> </i> <i> </i>

To make it easy for yourself, just type a few of them and then select those with your mouse, hit Control-C to copy them, and then hit Control-V to paste them next to the ones you have already typed. This way you can have as many or as few as you like. I have 22 pairs of <i>'s in my template. The i in brackets is an HTML italic tag. The <i> is the opening tag and the </i> is the closing tag.

Now, next time you are making some comments on someone’s blog and you want to quote the other person, go to this Comments Template and mouse select – Control-C copy the italic tags in your template:

<i> </i> <i> </i> <i> </i> <i> </i> <i> </i> <i> </i> <i> </i>

Go ahead and grab them all. Now go to the comments box and Control-V paste the italic tags into the comments box. Now put your mouse cursor before the tags and start typing. Hit enter a few times to give yourself some space to type. This way the italic tags will always be a couple of lines below your typing so you do not get confused.

When you want to quote another person’s text, go find the other person’s text you want to quote, select it with your mouse and Control-C to copy it. Now go to the comments and very carefully put the mouse cursor in between the <i> opening italic tag and the </i> closing italic tag. Hit Control-V to paste the text you want to quote in between the opening and closing tags.

There should now be an <i> in front of the quoted text and a </i> at the end of the quoted text. Now hit enter a couple of times to give yourself some space to respond to the quoted text. Repeat as many times as you want depending on how many snippets of text you want to quote and comment on.

Use the preview button on the commenting system to make sure the quoted text is in italics.

If you don’t like italics and would rather use bold, or want both italics and bold for some reason, then add some bold tags to your template. If you want to put some bold tags in your template, just type a few of these bold tags <b> </b>, then copy-paste them as described above until you have as many as you need. Your bold tags in your template would look something like this:

<b> </b> <b> </b> <b> </b> <b> </b> <b> </b> <b> </b> <b> </b> <b> </b> <b> </b> <b> </b> <b> </b> <b> </b>

If you want to mark some text in bold, just copy and paste the text in between the opening <b> and closing </b> bold tags. Once again, preview it in the commenting system to make sure the text actually got bolded.

Now that we have italics and bold tags in our template, it is time to move on to hyperlinks. Yes, links. If you look at comments on blogs, you will notice that comments with links are often not properly written, and tend instead to scroll across the page wildly. Furthermore, they are usually just text representations of the link addresses, something like:

http://www.answers.com/9/11%20conspiracy%20claims%20regarding%20Jews%20or%20Israel

As you can see, that is not clickable at all, although it is a hyperlink. If you copy it and paste it into your address bar of your browser, your browser will take you to the webpage. If you put it into many word processing programs or many email programs, those programs will automatically make a link out of it.

But Blogger will not do it, neither in its compose editor when making posts nor in its commenter. If you want it to show you up, you need to make it into a hyperlink. You will need to write this code in your template:

<a href=""></a>

Now save that line to your comment template. When you want to make a hyperlink in comments on a blog, cut and paste that line above:

<a href=""></a>

into the commenter. Now go and find your hyperlink. Select it with your mouse and copy it. Go back to the commenter and look closely at the code above. Carefully place your mouse button between the two quote marks: “” so your cursor has one quote mark on either side of it. Now paste the url in between the quote marks.

It doesn’t matter at all how long it is either. It won’t scroll. That code can handle huge url’s and it will not lengthen the resulting hyperlink at all. Now you need to call your link something. Look closely at the code now, with the url pasted into it. Look for this space where the two brackets are pointing at each other:

<a href=""></a>

Extracting the brackets from the code, I refer to these two:

><

Position your cursor in between the two brackets that point at each other and start typing something. You can call it my link, or link, or click here, or anything you want. This is what will show up clickable in blue on the web page. When that text is clicked, it will take the person to the web page:

<a href="Paste url here">Type Name for Link Here</a>

Now, if you are feeling really brave, you can try it on your own. Go to a blog somewhere and practice. In fact, you can even practice with this blog post here in the comments section. Use the preview section to look at how your HTML template code came out. That way you can try to correct any errors before you post your blog comments. One more thing: you are starting to learn a bit of the magic art of HTML!

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