偷走圣诞的操作系统

在这个圣诞节想要一台新的Windows个人电脑之前,记住一句古老的谚语:“对你所盼望的事物保持警惕。”

绝多数人使用同样的软件对所有人都有好处,我们可以从所谓的“网络效益”中得到利益:每个人都能轻而易举地与别人沟通,相互传授如何更为有效地使用软件。令人遗憾的是,由于微软利用网络效应来谋取利润最大化而不是惠及用户,它所缔造的世界离完美还有很大的距离。

看看Vista和Office 2007,微软今年推出的另一款全新的“伟大”操作系统。我所在的公司最先用上Vista的是我们的执行副总裁,这令他大为光火。他新买的戴尔电脑预先装好了Vista和Office 2007。戴尔并没有征求意见:“你是不是更愿意使用老版本的操作系统和MS Office软件?”于是我们的副总得到了一台闪闪发光的新电脑,但却不知道如何使用:所有的功能都经过重新整理,键盘快捷方式跟以前相比也完全不同。

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