Thursday, April 28, 2005

I am Year of the Tiger and Apple has Tiger Coming Out Tomorrow

Apple stock performance this year...up and away!

And I will be reporting on this, am going to the Apple party here in Albany, New York, at Crossgates Mall. Any readers in the area, hope you come too. I got an email from Apple saying A FREE POWERBOOK will be given away at the store tomorrow. Incentive time!

From the excellent AMERICAblog:

Bill Gates lies to National Public Radio
by John in DC - 4/28/2005 01:56:00 PM

I hate to say "lie" because I wanted to trust Gates on all of this. He really has been great on gay issues, and his foundation has been tremendous on AIDS funding. And he personally supports the state gay rights bill. And all of that is great.

So WTF was Gates talking about with NPR today?
NPR: "Was it a mistake to make the steps on the gay rights bill that you did, changing your support."

Gates: "We didn't change... we chose not to get involved in that."

Microsoft isn't doing too well considering they are a near monopoly

Microsoft profit nearly doubles, but rev lags hopes (MSFT) By Michael Paige
LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) - Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) late Thursday said its fiscal third-quarter net profit nearly doubled and, while revenue rose 4.9% it lagged analysts' expectations. Microsoft said its quarterly profit rose to $2.56 billion, or 23 cents a share, from $1.32 billion, or 12 cents a share, a year ago. Revenue increased to $9.62 billion from $9.18 billion a year ago. The company said its per-share profit included a charge of 5 cents a share for legal items and reflected stock-based compensation expenses. On average, Wall Street analysts had expected a profit before items of 32 cents a share on revenue of $9.83 billion, according to a Thomson First Call survey.

Microsoft has more EU problems.

In March 2004, the EU found Microsoft guilty of preventing competition, and ordered it to open up its systems.
A year later, the EU says the software giant has not done enough.

In addition to a 497m euro ($640m; £343m) fine in March 2004, the EU ordered Microsoft to open up its core software systems to rivals.

On line, many gays and supporters of civil rights are calling for a Microsoft boycott. I asked for this years ago because of the attempts at creating a vast monopoly which was bad for us all on too many levels. Note how seldom they reengineer Windows! Slooooooow. Monopolies are bad. Industry wide standards are good things, this means crossover abilities. But exclusive monopolies are bad. Very bad.

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