• Microsoft buys Greece

    by  • 28 January, 2008 • Tech • 3 Comments

    It has never been easy in Greece to be a Macintosh user. Most people — or businesses for that matter — have never even heard of Macintosh. I remember when I went shopping for a bank and inquired if their online banking system was compatible with Macintosh, most banks replied with “Huh?”. When I explained — in a friendly chatter with the bank manager of Piraeus Bank — that the name for their online services “WINbank” was a bit narrow minded, he had absolutely no idea what I was talking about. Wasn’t the whole world using Windows? Windows was, and still is to a large extent, synonymous for “computer” in Greece. When I tried to book a ferry once at the Minoan site I couldn’t get past the Flash introduction with my Safari Browser. ForthNET, a spin-off of Forth, the “Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas” flat out refused to serve you a booking page if you used a Macintosh. It took years — and numerous complaints — to set this straight.

    And now, Greece has sold out to Microsoft completely. The little advance in open standards that was made in the past 5 years will be annihilated briskly and efficiently. See here and here. The indoctrination can now continue full swing with the official seal of approval of the Greek government. Scheisse!

    > Money quote from Reuters: “Making Greece’s bureaucracy more user-friendly is also one of the long-term goals behind the centers”.

    Ah, yes, the most user-friendly invention of Microsoft is now going to annoy us at every step of the way.

    “I am pleased to see the commitment with our partners in Greece […]” Gates said. I bet you are, Bill, I bet you are! While Apple is selling underwear in Greece, you must be laughing your ass off.

    Now I’m gonna get drunk!

    3 Responses to Microsoft buys Greece

    1. Kat
      29 January, 2008 at 17:20

      A lot of proper organizations and companies that care about design and graphics have Macs I’ve found. There was only one place that used PCs.

      I came over to say ‘hi’ because we just had another earthquake and thought of you.

    2. luc
      29 January, 2008 at 17:50

      We had an earthquake? I totally missed that. Must have been lower than 5 on the Richter scale, my sensors are a bit rusty…

      Things might be different in Athens with regard to the use of open standards and alternative computing platforms, here on my island though…

    3. The Scorpion
      30 January, 2008 at 11:27

      I love Microsoft. Easy, safe, and compatible. Think of it like the Mafia. If you are with them, they take care of you. If you go with Apple, Microsoft has it’s minions make sure your programs don’t work right. :)

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