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If I Had My Way
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To: G. Mason Morfit - info@valueact.com

From: Doug Skoglund - skoglund@pdmsb.com

Date: 15 Jan 2014 00:00 am CDT

Subject: 2014002 - Future of Microsoft...

I just wanted to take a few minutes to encourage you in your efforts to save Microsoft. I am an 84 year young engineer turned programmer, part of the programming effort that built the original Microsoft with a lot of help from IBM (We called ourselves Vertical Market Developers).

I was in the midst of developing a piece of "desktop middleware" when Bill Gates got in trouble with the DOJ over his conflict with the browser people. He lost the fight with the browser; however, with thanks to George W. Bush he managed to put me out of business, in addition to a number of others that switched to the browser and its "on-line" activity.

Thanks to Social Security, I have continued development of my "middleware" package -- more convinced every day that I have the answer for the future of Microsoft. Operating Systems plus Graphical User Interface and User Database (my Personal Digital Multimedia ScrapBook -- http://pdmsb.com) in addition to your "enterprise software and business services" -- and, don't forget the "App Store" -- will be more than enough to turn Microsoft around.

Following is an important message that I post periodically to remind people where we are and how we got here:

The PC (it is NOT a Personal Computer) and the Internet are a direct result of Bill Gates fiasco with the DOJ  and Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson -- remember him, he wanted to split Microsoft into two separate companies -- one for operating systems and the other for applications. The good judge was one hell-of-a-lot smarter that all the rest of us combined.

Judge Jackson was replaced, we had a lot of legal flim-flam leading to a settlement between the George W. Bush DOJ and Microsoft, allowing the continued existence of a Monopoly, that has brought us to our current situation.

I really hate to bore you with old news; however, I repeat -- from my post http://ifihadmyway.com/20091118.htm.

AND THE REAL PROBLEM IS THE INABILITY TO TALK
ABOUT THE PROBLEMS
 (You have heard about the Emperor's clothes - right??)

You may remember back in the mid '90s, the fiasco between Microsoft, Netscape and the Internet and the resultant Anti-Trust matter. Gates and company made the wrong decision when they decided to fight the anti-trust authorities after Judge Jackson's break-up ruling was overturned. They compounded the mistake when they embarked on a campaign to complicate the windows code as documented by Jennifer Edstrom and Marlin Eller, in their 1998 book, "Barbarians Led By Bill Gates":

OLE was designed to protect the developers of big applications who were afraid of being scooped by slick applets, little applications being crafted by much smaller development companies.

Microsoft didn't want a lot of other companies writing code that could compete. It wanted to keep the barriers to entry very high. The idea, in fact, was to keep raising the bar, putting in more layers of software and APIs, which developers would then have to support. Microsoft wanted to make it so gnarly that anybody who couldn't devote a team of one hundred programmers to every Windows application would be out of the game.

Obviously, Microsoft succeeded with the gnarly part -- that, coupled with their domination of the DeskTop has restricted software development to the fringe (AKA: Web 2.0) leaving the DeskTop wide open for future competition. 

Now, who, in their right mind would question the capabilities of the richest man in the world -- except some stupid, naive old engineer turned programmer with another piece of middleware to sell??

The key to the future of mankind is a truly Personal Desktop Server coupled to all these Personal Mobile Computers.

Doug Skoglund skoglund@pdmsb.com

To be continued (I hope) 

I don't provide for comments since that is a system designed to control the communication process -- I do provide an e-mail address!! (Please put a [MYWAY] in your title to get my attention)

Development of a better system is hindered by some of the problems we refuse to recognize and correct: however, I'm working on it!!

Thanks for your time,

Doug Skoglund skoglund@pdmsb.com

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