Friday, April 12, 2013

How are you going to keep them down on the farm?

by Dietrich Schmitz

It was a most popular song back in 1919 by Nora Bayes, "How are you going to keep them down on the farm?" with the follow on "after they've seen Paree (Paris).

It is familiar to me only for nostalgic purposes as my Father-in-law often used that line (God rest his soul).

Today, I am reminded of it in connection with current technology events.  The thinking goes:

"How is Microsoft going to keep them down on the farm?"

The answer is obviously, they can't.  That they can't is underscored by their transparent attempt via proxy ( to litigate against Google and Android for naught.  It's too late Microsoft.  Paris is just too much to resist.

And, so Linux will continue to thrive in Microsoft's wake.

Nora Bayes (Image credit:
Give it some thought.  Remember this song from the post World War I era and think about dear Nora.

-- Dietrich
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  1. Alessandro EbersolApril 12, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    The cat is out of the bag now...

  2. By changing the farm.



    Quality apps, at a reasonable price.

    I've purchased apps for my Androids, and I've purchased applications for Linux.

    In each case, there were free/libre applications that were roughly equivalent.

    Emphasis on the "rough" part.

    Free is great, except when it sucks, and you can get something better for 99 cents or even $4.99 - so, "poor" Microsoft will have to suck it up, and compete in an open market like everyone else.

    Bring it on.

  3. I feel ashamed for saying this, but I actually do prefer Bing over Google for my web searches, though DuckDuckGo is certainly my favorite. Google seems to force SafeSearch to be always-on, while both Bing and DuckDuckGo provide means of bypassing such functionality in case the results you're looking for are incorrectly blocked (`echo $ifatreefalls`).

    Granted, most other things Microsoft has produced are not stellar at all, but at least they have one product that's good enough to warrant me giving it a shot, and I'm glad I did so.