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New Alex St. John and the Monopoly
He's talking about the creation of DirectX, but this line really stood out at me...

A month or so in, I still didn't know exactly what my job was until one of the guys who hired me said, "Write a strategy for how you would persuade the publishing industry to move to Windows." I spent a lot of time writing documents saying here's what our strategy should be, here's how we could convince companies to sign on, all that. I came in to do my presentation, and I got about three slides into it before I was interrupted by one of the executives saying, "This is all great stuff, you have a perfect plan. Developers who are reasonable should all support it, but what do you do if none of this works." "What do you mean?" "What if in spite of your best efforts, your best arguments, you best relationships, you can't get them to support them. How do you force the industry to support Microsoft anyway?" "Force them? Well, I don't know." "Come back when you have a plan that answers that question."

That perplexed me for a long time. I'm thinking, "What the hell does he mean, force them? I can't hold a gun to their head, so how do I put all these companies in a position where, regardless of what they see is in their best interest, they have to adopt your technology?" That experience had a major impact on my thinking. I realized that a major part of my job was to figure out how to use technology control to create economic force, or leverage, such that money and business flowed in Microsoft's direction, and people had to go [to them]. That, ultimately, is when I became a "Microsoft guy," when I got that concept.


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Expand Edited by inthane-chan March 29, 2007, 01:14:00 PM EDT
New Link?
Regards,

-scott anderson

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New Oops. Fixed.
New Interesting interview. Thanks for the link.
New Very good article
New 'Nother good quote
The biggest foolishness is Vista's security architecture. Any time someone questions Vista's security, Microsoft accuses that person of being anti-security, or is just bummed because they can't do naughty things that they otherwise wanted to do. Vista's security is weird, it's like a house made out of concrete walls but has screen doors. It's an enormously overbuilt security system with huge, gaping holes. It's extremely intrusive, and it gets in the way of the user's experience without actually being secure. It makes it even harder for consumers to download things and play games, without actually gaining any security benefits. It basically fucks up legitimate applications while leaving holes for the bad ones to just climb on through.
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New He likes telling his stories.
Not that that's a bad thing, as he has a lot of good stories. I remember more detail the printing subsystem incident in another article. :-)

Wade.


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Is it enough to breathe
Somebody rip my heart out
And leave me here to bleed
 
Is it enough to die
Somebody save my life
I'd rather be Anything but Ordinary
Please



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New I wish they'd followed up on that
When he talked about how they were more interested in how to use the printing subsystem to force people onto Windows, what did he come up with? What did they spend time and money working on that was not in the interest of creating a better system, but creating better lock-in?
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New Me too.
In the older article I read, IIRC, part of the impetus of TrueType was from fixing the Windows' printing subsystem.

Wade.


Is it enough to love
Is it enough to breathe
Somebody rip my heart out
And leave me here to bleed
 
Is it enough to die
Somebody save my life
I'd rather be Anything but Ordinary
Please



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New Naw.
TrueType was invented by Apple, not MS.

The impetus for using TT was because PS fonts looked shit on screen. That's shit, with a capital shit.


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New I thought there was much more to it than that.
ATM was supposed to take care of the screen-display issues. My recollection was that MS didn't want to pay for ATM and/or Display Postscript and wanted to use their monopoly to crush Adobe. Apple had some issues with Adobe as well. There may have been font licensing cost issues too.

But I'm unable to check for links at the moment, and could well be misremembering...

Cheers,
Scott.
New There was.
ATM was shit.

Hence the problem.

There might have been business/nefarious reasons, but ATM's utter crapitude was the principle driver, I wot.


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New Oh yeah - so it was.
My bad. Dunno how I could misremember that... :-?

That means I don't remember the Big Clever thing that happened to the Windows print subsystem. It might have been a real programmer-y thing like actually create some decent and functional abstraction in the API stack.

Wade.


Is it enough to love
Is it enough to breathe
Somebody rip my heart out
And leave me here to bleed
 
Is it enough to die
Somebody save my life
I'd rather be Anything but Ordinary
Please



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New re. that "printing system" tale
Didn't Billy's, "..but of Course we're Numbah One in that! - you fool" - sound a lot like the Shrub/Cheney axis in full bloviation?

See.. there just Has to be some connection twixt the 'success' of these steaming mediocrities == so alike, in overview.Not that many Muricans would want to ponder just what that connecting-thread is like, seen bald-faced..

New Second part of the interview is up.
[link|http://www.shacknews.com/extras/2007/041307_alexstjohn2_1.x|link].
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     Alex St. John and the Monopoly - (inthane-chan) - (14)
         Link? -NT - (admin) - (1)
             Oops. Fixed. -NT - (inthane-chan)
         Interesting interview. Thanks for the link. -NT - (Another Scott)
         Very good article -NT - (crazy)
         'Nother good quote - (drewk)
         He likes telling his stories. - (static) - (6)
             I wish they'd followed up on that - (drewk) - (5)
                 Me too. - (static) - (4)
                     Naw. - (pwhysall) - (3)
                         I thought there was much more to it than that. - (Another Scott) - (1)
                             There was. - (pwhysall)
                         Oh yeah - so it was. - (static)
         re. that "printing system" tale - (Ashton)
         Second part of the interview is up. - (inthane-chan)

My schaden, it is freuded.
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