I think your views on the phones are basically invalid. Metro is gorgeous. I don't see any way in which Microsoft is trying to be Apple, and I don't have any issues with the design (btw the OSX interface is shithouse, I think we can agree). Most Android phones these days are taking away the option to allow mounting the SD card over USB for various reasons (although, it is excellent for usability IMO) in favour of MTP - which coincidentally Windows Phone also does.
In the next update apparently Windows Phone will finally be getting some sort of fie manager. Also unlike Android, Windows Phone isn't trying to shove cloud services down your throat constantly but is flexible enough to offer great integration to a few by default and even CalDAV and CardDAV (which is a big winner for me).
About not wanting to buy a MS product - I think it is more specific than that. People don't want to buy MS pocket devices (including music players) not because of bad experiences with them but because they are simply not "cool". I say this because every idiot happily runs out and buys every new Windows release including the terrible Windows 8.
Most of those companies are irrelevant to what we are talking about. What we are talking about is operating systems and specifically Linux distributions. Fedora and Debian are examples of projects which have both for the most part been excellent maintainers and you know, actually fixing bugs and working with upstream. Often (OK, maybe not the new Fedora installer) they are innovating in very positive ways rather than constantly negative ways.
The problem with Windows Phone is that it is a Microsoft product - and nobody wants to buy a Microsoft product.
If you want to bring up a history of bad design, bad management and general incompetence look no further than Canonical. Microsoft is bad, don't get me wrong - but Canonical haven't done *anything* right in the past 5 years, where Microsoft occasionally has some wins.
Maybe if you weren't so abrasive you'd be a more convincing evangelist for whatever cause you have.
If environmentalists want to be taken seriously they should not cry wolf.
We've had a space like this for a few years now and it has been a very successful demonstration of community effort, business and state grants working together. The Edge is attached to the State Library of Queensland and provides maker facilities ("labs"), coworking space, community group meeting spaces and frequently runs workshops for various (frequently open source type) things such as Arduino workshops (run only at cost) and also journalism and (apparently) small business courses.
I don't participate as much as I would like to unfortunately...
This is the norm for us... Though we are finally starting to get somewhat reasonably priced Unlimited* plans now.
* Unlimited plan may be limited
A safe deposit envelope/satchel (as opposed to a full box) in a bank is pretty cheap - and I would additionally store the actual paper with the passwords in a "tamper proof" envelope so that I can tell if the passwords have been read since I last visited.