[Novalug] Elevate America
James Ewing Cottrell 3rd
JECottrell3 at Comcast.NET
Fri Jan 29 11:44:05 EST 2010
Why would professors want *toys* when they likely had real computers,
such as PDP-11s? There were also a number of mini/micro computers like
Varian and Microdata available.
Bonnie Dalzell wrote:
> On Fri, 29 Jan 2010, Mark Smith wrote:
>> On Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 04:27:54AM -0800, Bryan J. Smith wrote:
>>> It's one big, huge tax write-off system. I know, I've followed this for years
>>> with Microsoft. It's one way they utterly avoid paying taxes, because they
>>> get to write off "fair market value." The charity is actually 1:100-1:1,000
>>> of actual costs, and they "make tax credits" for themselves.
>> off topic, but comes to mind ... Microsoft was found guilty of
>> monoply market manipulations. their "punishment" was to give out
>> what basically amounted to sending free cd's to schools all the
>> while reducing their penalties by 100's of dollars per cd.
>> oh, and btw, the recipients teach children how to use microsoft
>> products which fleshes out their bottom line when those kids start
>> making their own purchasing decisions.
>> how was that a penalty again?
> I was teaching at U Penn around the time that windows first appeared ( I
> had a TRS80 then) and one of the clever things Micro$oft did was (in
> conjunction with IBM i think) to GIVE computers with M$ Windows installed
> to all the non-computer science professors who showed an interest in
> computers. Of course the research would be done with M$ and the grad
> students would be exposed to M$ and this would then tie the university to
> Bonnie Dalzell, MA
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