In response to concerns raised by its rivals, Microsoft has changed the way PC makers and computer users can access a tool - known as set program access and default or SPA&DGreat. I spend way too much time removing cruft and here's even more.
I also noted this bit:
This [licensing change] was seen at the time as playing a key role in loosening Microsoft's grip on the computer market. It was designed to ensure that rival's software would work on computer systems running Microsoft's operating system.Why is loosening the Dark Empire's market power an instrinsic good? Is that a priori pure evil, no further explanation required? Should there be more concern about actual harm? Oh wait, that would discredit pretty much the entire Leftist mindscape. Forget that!
What really sets me off is that I'm in the middle of porting some Win32 based code to a UNIX™ variant. I last used that variant over 12 years ago. When I started using it again, nothing had changed! It was as if the entire Internet boom and the rapid advance of programming tools had simply not happened. Back in those days, UNIX™ based programming support was generally better than anything on Windows. Windows was better in a few places but overall UNIX™ was clearly superior. Not any more. I am painfully shocked at how primitive it all seems now. One notes that this is exactly what the Dark Empire has done in so many areas, built up incremental improvements over the years while competitors sit tight.
P.S. I'm sure someone will say "you're an idiot, what about package X?". Fire away! I'd be happy to hear about anything that compares to Visual Studio. I work for a large technology firm that does most of its development on that particular UNIX™ variant and no one here seems to know of anything like that.