|The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)|
Saturday, November 15, 2003
But the Mercury News does have one Silicon Valley characteristic down pat: It can bash Microsoft with the fervor of Scott McNealy. Here is a recent editorial, which advised the European Union to break out the thumbscrews and rack when investigating Microsoft's "anti-trust" behavior:
That's an interesting stance, considering that Mecury News technology columnist Dan Gillmor, whom I assume has a hand in editorials like this, had the following to say about bundling last August 31:
There are companies that produce firewall and anti-virus software as their main product line. I doubt they would appreciate being undercut in this manner. And the ISP's, such as AOL and SBC, are pretty damn big companies. It's the height of evil for giant company Microsoft to bundle software, but if giant company SBC does not bundle software, little Nell will lose her mortgage as the train runs over her. Okay.
I would like to thank the Mercury News for being so steadfast in looking out for my interests. Given as to how about the fourth or fifth thing that I am likely to do after unpacking a new computer is to play a song or a movie on it.
There are people who make their living selling and installing car stereos. Maybe we should prohibit auto manufacturers from offering radios and CD players as options.
Yes, Microsoft's behavior with respect to third-party Windows developers is horrible. Remember when Microsoft sold UMAX a license to produce Windows clone machines? And then refused to renew the license, putting Umax out of business?
Oh wait, that wasn't Microsoft who did that. It was Apple. Headquartered in Cupertino, California, just a few miles west of San Jose. You never hear the Mercury News complain about Apple's anti-competitive behavior.
Just coincidence, I expect.
Yes, I know. It's jarring, but you have to get used the fact that at any moment when reading a Mercury News editorial, you will lose your moorings entirely and drift off to fantasyland. Does the editorial writer really think that the US would stand for a multibillion dollar fine levied by the EC against an American company? Does the Mercury News think it's a good idea for political entities to levy multi-billion dollar fines against foreign companies? What if the US Congress decided it disapproved of the Swedish welfare state, and told Ericsson to pay up a few gigabucks?
And has there been a freedom-fries loving, frog-bashing, German-beer-boycotting blogger who thinks as little of Europe as the Mercury News? Imagine, a collection of nations with over three hundred million citizens, containing some of the finest minds and most respected technology companies on the planet -- all held hostage by some 50,000 Americans!