The European Microsoft anti-trust case stirred quite a pen back in march 2004. The case had two parts. One of them was that Microsoft should split Media Player from Windows. My rant on the subject was a little oil canister (a honey pot attracts hackers, an oil canister attracts flames). As a result of the settling Windows XP N(o Media player) recently hit the market. And to set up another canister, I believe it just shows I was right:
- Nobody is interested in XP N. Dell and Sony don’t even offer it on their systems.
- It’s not a penny cheaper then XP.
- You can install WinAmp, Real or whatever just as easy on the “normal” XP.
In the recent vote for the European constitution the Netherlands voted against Europe. To my regret. But these kind of actions don’t help any consumer a bit and do make people very skeptical about European institutions. This has been such an enormous amount of energy and money wasted.
<spark>Or is Microsoft marketing the only one who won</spark>