I suspect it was Vista that marked the beginning of the fall.
I suspect it's more the failure to come with a timely and interesting successor to XP. Vista was 'too little, too late'. It also caused IE to drop market share and happened way before netbooks, tablets or smart phones became a factor.
Have there been any other books of fiction reviewed on slashdot? I can't remember any.
Refactoring Perl for dummies.
Only a noob needs a French programming language.
Certainly you mean a 'nouveaub'.
The next hybrid is computers + internet + physical adaptation. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have already lead to breakthroughs in the medical field and I think we'll see more remarkable developments in neurosurgery.
There are many examples of the legal system being used to preserve outdated and irrelevant business models that quite clearly fly in the face of expressed consumer demand (RIAA anyone?). This looks like it won't be any exception, unfortunately.
Wait, what? Online advertizing is outdated and irrelevant already? This whole online thing goes way too fast, I can't keep up.
"the yoke of MS oppression"
I present People's Exhibit A showing why everyone thinks open-source zealots are completely nanners.
This here is a case of an organization which wants to use open-source but finds it can't. There are a number of reasons for this, their own ineptitude and internal opposition for starters, failures in interoperability with other organizations too, but still they found they can't get rid of MS Office. It's perhaps far fledged to actually blame MS for this, it shows that it's also far fledged to accuse open-source adepts of zealotry or calling them crazy.
The only time I've ever felt oppressed by things MS does is when they do their idiotic "version-specific upgrade" thing, and when they do that, I can always just wait for the next iteration of Windows that doesn't suck. Office in particular is probably MS's best product, and definitely the best of its kind. Anytime I've ever tried to use something that is not Word or Excel, which is frequently because I am poor, I have felt nearly imprisoned by the poor interface, missing functionality, and lack of anyone else to ask when I can't figure something out.
The "version-specific upgrade" thing helps to establish vendor lock-in. And personally, I don't believe in the "the next version of Windows will be the best" mantra anymore, I've heard it too often. For many consumers and commercial users there's hardly a reason to upgrade their office suite for functionality improvements alone (and more often reason not to upgrade). In this case they even use MS Office 2000. The workforce here has apparently been trained to work with OO.o.
It's good that FOSS exists, because competition is important,
But here, it seems, it doesn't exist or isn't good (they do use a number of other 'open source' software packages). This is a case of non-competition.
libre projects lower the barrier-to-entry for aspiring devs, and computers are important enough that gratis options should be available. However, demanding that others use an objectively inferior product on the ideological basis of opposing the industry standard's producer for the cardinal sin of being and acting like a business is much more like what I'd call "oppression." People don't use OpenOffice because it sucks. Leave them alone.
The case doesn't show OO.o is "an objectively inferior product", it doesn't even show whether it's "good enough" or not. It shows the city of Freiburg needs to clear up their IT mess and feels, partly by outside pressure, compelled to standardize on MS Office. It shows that the tool is more important than the product, even when that product isn't 'proprietary'. Their decision will lead to Freiburg becoming another actor to force other organizations to use MS Office, meaning even less competition. Freiburg apparently didn't consider spending some of the license savings to improve the 'open-source' office product. The inhabitants of Freiburg don't have to "leave them alone" in this decision though and I hope they don't (without resorting to zealotry).