Consider the past year. Now consider UserFriendly.org's blatant MS bashing of past. And then take a look at the following cartoon.
In the past the Orbital Mind Control Ray could only have been an obvious reference to MSFT (as seen on slashdot). But today, we're making fun of Google - is the attitude towards GOOG changing as the company grows bigger and starts eating small companies for breakfast, lunch and dinner ? Which reminds of this conversation between Bart and Fat Tony from Simpsons 8F03.
Bart: Are you guys crooks? Fat Tony: Bart.. uhm. Is it it wrong to steal a loaf of bread to feed your starving family? Bart: No.. Fat Tony: Well suppose you got a large starving family. Is it wrong to steal a truckload of bread to feed them? Bart: Nuh-uh Fat Tony: And what if your family don't like bread. They like.. cigarettes. Bart: I guess that's okay. Fat Tony: Now, what if instead of giving them away.. you sold them at a price that was practically giving them away. Would that be a crime, Bart? Bart: Hell no!
As someone else pointed out, when Microsoft came out, they were the hungry rebels who were freeing the public from the iron fisted data processing overlords, without the cutsey "Ribbons and Ponies" approach that Apple was taking. The big blue of old, which has now become a savior and hero for Linux, was the evil monopoly ?
How often does sides get switched, old rebels become new masters and acquire new allies from old enemies ?--
No permanent friends or allies, only permanent interests.
-- Lord Palmerston