I once went to a small real estate office with five desks to quote them a price on networking their office, including a printer. They decided it wasn't worth it. Since they were so small, and all in one room, floppy disks and sneakernet worked fine for them. Whenever they wanted to print something, they just faxed it from Word to their office fax machine, which had its own phone number.
A fortune 100 company undoubtedly has a site-wide licensing agreement with Microsoft to cover just such mass installations. As long as their license agreement covers as many seats as they have employees, they're in compliance.
At the time, I understood it was something to do with the IBM non-disclosure agreement. DR's lawyers didn't like it. Gates was willing to sign anything to get the deal.
Funny you should mention the mercury based preservative business. I've been waiting to hear the conspiracy theories blossom over this one http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/12/101203-homosexual-birds-mercury-science/
Indeed, the Soviet Union provided advisers to Arafat from the beginning to guide him in a propaganda campaign to destabilize Western influence in the entire area. The hijacking of history from Jewish and Christian historical links into Muslim history before Islam ever existed is only one facet of the campaign to drive Western influence from the Middle East, starting with Israel. Israel is only the first target. After all, the US is the Great Satan; Israel is only the Little Satan.
The Soviet Union provided a lot of the beginnings of the various genocidal intertribal wars in Africa when they moved in Cuban troops to support their own agenda. As the saying goes, when elephants fight the grass gets trampled. Making an Israeli/Palestinian show provides a handy smokescreen to what's really been going on for more than half a century. It'll be the little people, the Israelis, the Palestinians, the Lebanese, the various African groups being slaughtered that will suffer for the bigger conflict going on behind the scenes.
The trouble with opportunity is that it always comes disguised as hard work. -- Herbert V. Prochnow