Now I am confused. On new levels of confusion, even.
Toss me a few coins here. But first, I have to applaud your 'external voice' for leverage thought. Noble actions, imo.
M$ made useful software? Not shit? Contradiction there that is part of our contention, so it's a point of confusion.
Pre-Intel days of M$ architecture? Are we talking M$ keyboards, Xbox, or the latest Surface tablet/laptops? Where do M$ and Intel compete? Intel now produces software and M$ now produces some hardware, but they compete exceedingly rarely. So the line about 'better executing some instructions' confuses me and adds to my thoughts that we must be talking apples and oranges. M$'s most closely guarded products, those with the barrier-to-entry, have always worked on Intel hardware (architecture?). Intel chips came first, then M$. Yes?
Forrest Gump - yep. Humans make mistakes. I revel, now, in the fact that every so often, I have to prove I am human and revel even more when a company with a bad business model makes human errors. Yippeee!
I need to take another look at the .wma format because I do not know about a great improvement on .mp3, although I was aware of a larger increase in file size, which is why I avoided .wma previously. 1GB was a lot to a mp3 player? Is this a limit to a specific mp3 player or all mp3 players? I do not recall having file issues of that length with WinAMP, for instance. Yep, DRM blows and so does M$'s scarcity formula. What I do know is to set the encoder to the highest quality sampling, VBR, and set the container to .mp4. BAM! MP3 in a .mp4. Prior to .mp4, it was .mp3.
Definitely good people, even some in management, but not for long. And, although MBA's have great numbers on efficiency of number of people for a given job, their examples in business competition need some upgrades. Working together and pride in a good product have longer lasting effects, imo, than the crap business models (from the heydays of oil, train, and telcos) they are used to using.
The specific ambiguous statement 'M$ tools are shit.' is off. Some of the tools are and were crap (IE, Windows 3.1) and mostly intentionally for their business model. But there are thousands of other businesses that rely on M$ tools and because they are decent in many respects and, probably more specifically, easy-to-use, then those thousands prefer those tools. That does not make the tools shit, just decent.
My contention is that shit tools that are actually just decent barely fits as a statement when the contention of the rest of the posters is that M$'s business models blow and their corporation should die and be replaced by something better like Quarterdeck. Yes, it was PR to discredit M$ critics, but who did NOT see the transparency? I thought it was poignant of one poster to point to the original articles' author that it might have been his contention that none of his friends/family talked him out of working for such a POS and immoral corporation when he had a perfectly decent job as a professor. Such is the stink of greed.