Micro$oft Monitor

Published by NetAction Issue No. 9 September 3, 1997
Repost where appropriate. See copyright information at end of message.

IN THIS ISSUE:

Windows On the World
Button Up
The Value of Freeware
Countdown to Congress
About Micro$oft Monitor


Windows On the World

June Dilevsky is looking for residents of Israel who are familiar with the Hebrew version of Windows 95 and may be willing to serve as expert witnesses in a class action lawsuit she is preparing against Microsoft Israel for false advertising of Windows 95 and poor customer service. She has also sent a complaint to the Israeli anti-trust authorities regarding Microsoft's unsatisfactory service, which she believes is based on the company's status as an uncontrolled monopoly in Israel.

June would like to hear from Micro$oft Monitor readers who are interested in working with her. Contact her by E-mail at: .

And from the other side of the globe, NetAction has had an inquiry from a reader in Taiwan who would like to contact other folks in Chinese-speaking countries who are concerned about Microsoft. If you're interested in communicating with Micro$oft Monitor readers in Taiwan or other Chinese-speaking nations, write to .


Button Up

NetAction's "Billy" fish logo is now available as a button. The limited edition button features a red-ink rendering of "Billy" fish, along with our campaign slogan, "Don't Be Soft On Microsoft." NetAction is selling the buttons for the low price of just $1 each. Buy five and we'll give you a sixth button free; buy ten and we'll send you an even dozen. Proceeds from the sale of buttons will be used to support NetAction's program work, including publication of the Micro$oft Monitor and NetAction Notes.

To order buttons, write to:

NetAction
601 Van Ness Avenue, #631
San Francisco, CA 94102

Please include a check or money order payable to: NetAction/Tides.

And if you haven't yet downloaded the "Billy" fish logo, you'll find it on the NetAction Web site at http://www.netaction.org/msoft/winfish.html, along with instructions on how to post a copy to your own Web site. If you're concerned about the Microsoft monopoly, help spread the word about the Consumer Choice Campaign by displaying "Billy" fish prominently on your Web site.


The Value of Freeware

Although money is an important motivator in our economy, the widespread availability of free software in cyberspace indicates that not all software producers share Bill Gates' obsession with the bottom line. In "Information Wants to be Valuable: A Report from the First O'Reilly Perl Conference," Keith W. Porterfield paints a grim picture of a world without freeware.

The report is on NetAction's Web site: http://www.netaction.org/articles/freesoft.html.

As Keith explains in the report, O'Reilly is attempting to create a new model that will benefit both the commercial software side and the freeware side of his efforts. Maybe there's a lesson here for Bill.

Formerly the "Technicalities" columnist for Internet World magazine, Keith is an independent computer consultant. He previously worked as a Systems Architect at Mecklermedia and ManyMedia. NetAction is grateful for his volunteer technical support, which helps make it possible for ManyMedia to host NetAction's web site.


Countdown to Congress

We're less than two weeks away from NetAction's Sept. 15 visit to Congress, so register now if you plan to participate and tell your representatives why Microsoft's move to monopolize cyberspace is a threat to consumers. Visit the NetAction web site to sign up: http://www.netaction.org/lobby-form.html.

(And if you can't join us in Washington, we'll be asking you to write letters to your representatives to share your concerns. Look for a sample letter on NetAction's Web site soon.)


About The Micro$oft Monitor

The Micro$oft Monitor is a free electronic newsletter, published as part of the Consumer Choice Campaign http://www.netaction.org/msoft/ccc.html. NetAction is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public, policy makers, and the media about technology-based social and political issues, and to teaching activists how to use the Internet for organizing, outreach, and advocacy.

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