August 28th, 2004


Once again I find myself wondering...

Several California cities and counties have sued Microsoft Corp., accusing the software giant of illegally charging inflated prices for its products because of monopoly control of the personal computer operating systems market.

Uh-huh. Right. Let's say you bought a PC in 1999. You would have paid a total of somewhere near $150 for the OS itself and for upgrades.

Now, if you had bought a Mac, you could have spent around $400 for upgrades [OS X, free upgrade to 10.1, paid upgrade to Jaguar, paid upgrade to Panther].

If you had bought Red Hat, it would have cost you $150 or so yearly subscriptions to be able to easily access their patching mechanisms.

If you had bought OS/2, I am laughing at you.

If you had acquired a free Linux distro, it would have been free.


So my point is basically this: Inflated prices? Come on. I'm tired of this shit. Developing software isn't cheap, and there are free alternatives. What do these lawsuits solve? Suing Microsoft isn't going to make software any cheaper when you can already get it for free, and Microsoft is the cheapest when it comes to commercial [i.e. non-Linux] software.


You could save $609,742

This cracked me up.

I went here:

and told Sun that I have one desktop PC in my corporation.

Their calculator told me this:

Compared to a Windows PC Desktop, the Java Desktop System and Sun Ray offer potentially dramatic savings in annual ongoing costs per desktop. Click Details to review all the factors driving the cost and savings. Click HW/SW Assumptions or Labor Assumptions to review/edit the assumptions underlying the calculations.

[lots of voodoo economics removed]

According to Sun, my single Windows desktop is costing me $81,065 a year to maintain - who knew? Silly me, I thought I spent about $800 on the machine and was done with it.

Anyhow, if I replace it with a Sun Java Desktop System box, I can save $40,227 a year - after spending $44,709 to migrate off of my Windows PC and onto a JDS box. This will result in $1,044.92% ROI. Wild!