Product Pimpin’ and Shame on Microsoft

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I know, I know… I’m way off the standard path that I walk upon. But this’ll just take a minute of your time, and then we’ll get back to food, I promise. For those who don’t want politics or sexuality with their food blogs, move quickly along.

Okay.. for the rest of you.

Microsoft screwed the Gay/Lesbian community here in Washington State. They pulled their support from Bill 1515 which is an anti-gay-discrimination bill currently was under consideration here Washington State. Why? Well, word on the street is that they had discussions with Ken Hutcherson of Antioch Bible Church in Redmond, WA, who threatened to organize a national boycott of the company’s products if it did not change its stance on the legislation.

So, Microsoft changed their stance.

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I wrote to them, asking to reconsider. I made phone calls to all the right people. All for naught. The bill failed to get out of the state house, in large part due to Microsoft’s action.

So, I’m following up on a promise I made if they didn’t publically get behind the bill, which is what they had promised to do in the first place.

I rarely advocate using one product over another. It’s not that I don’t have opinions, it’s just that I haven’t focused my writing in that direction.

Now? Well, let me say the following:

For my web browsing, I have had less issues by using Mozilla’s Firefox Web Browser than I’ve ever had with Internet Explorer. in fact, this very page that you are reading had Firefox in mind when it was designed.

I also use Thunderbird for my e-mail. I find it easier to use, and it’s spam filter has saved me an immeasurable amount of times. It’s far superior than Outlook Express.

For all of my writing, spreadsheet and other Office needs, I use Open Office exclusively. It’s far more robust than MS’s office suite, and any issue found are often taken care of in weeks instead of years.

Oh, and all of these software products are free. That’s a savings of between $100- $250.

So let me repeat. I like Firefox, Thunderbird and OpenOffice (which are all free)…and I’m none to thrilled about Microsoft (which can be easily bought by right wing hate mongers).

Thank you for your time. More food posts in a bit.

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