My views on Software Evil(s) ? Arent Ads Evil ?

I am a Software Engineer by profession. I do have a lot of time to think about things normal people (or so they like to call themselves) usually don’t and probably don’t discuss as much. I have been in the IT world for a good 7 years professionally, I have heard a lot about Microsoft being a Software evil but why ? The argument I heard countless times was how they included IE as a part of their operating system to kill Netscape and how they don’t encourage competition by bullying the moms and pops software developers out the market .. It is seriously comical to me. Really ? It is a corporation, a business that aim to drives the profit higher for the company. I don’t mind if its providing great application software at the same time. Microsoft made it ridiculously simple to operate computer. Good luck trying to use the Good Ole “*ix” and actually learn anything besides the operating system. But they are evil because they are rich and have money and everybody with money is evil and so Microsoft is evil. Yes I agree to any hater’s point of view. No I have not been paid by Microsoft to defend them. In fact their are a number of things that are very irritating (there have to be once you are that big). Lately its being going down and the slope is more then 45 degrees. Everything Microsoft does feels like is late in the market.  In my opinion a lot of it has to do with DENIAL and the company just denying that there is anything else but windows in the market and we will just continue to sell Windows and Office. I mean come on guys ! For how long you are going to repackage the same operating system, throw in some changed look and feel and some features that no one cares about. There are bigger avenues that Windows 7 and Windows 8 and Windows 9 and Windows 2015. Now that the management has realized that, there seems to be an absence of creative thinking or may be they are still in denial. All the Microsoft products seem to be late it the industry. They seem to be hell excited about the upcoming new and ground breaking technology that they are working on (nothing wrong there) and when it comes out scrap them and pull the plug on them in a matter of some months. Does not seem like there is any major design consideration when things come out and fanatics jump on to just use them. These days its HTML5 and scrapping of Silverlight/WPF. It was not too long ago that Microsoft could not stop singing praises of Silverlight. But as an application provider I have no problem with Microsoft what so ever. So sissy companies with sucky operating systems and cry all they want that no one wants to purchase their operating system.

Now there is Google. Yes do no evil Google. Google was much smarter than Microsoft. They are also a company and not a charitable organization. They pay really world class salaries and state of the art work conditions for their employees. How is it possible if they are not even selling their services. THEY Just want to display ads to you. Google goes a long way to display ads and millions of hours worth of effort by the masterminds are spent to make the ads more relevant. Yes there is much more to it than you think. Ever wondered how the ads are very relevant to the message you are reading from your mom on Gmail. No ? Try sending a message to your mom and tell her that you would like to buy a Mustang. When she responds, ignore the message and focus at the top , left , right and down in your window. They will certainly make buying Mustang much easier for you. Did their bot just read your email ? OH NO Its not a security concern (its just a bot who means no harm). OK If Google is such a nice guy, Why I don’t have the option to turn all ads off whenever I want to ? Perhaps I should have the option. Its simple to implement (I would be happy to implement it for Google if they would like for free). The problem is not how they are showing you ads, I totally understand that. They are a company and they make their money by ads, its their business model and I dont have a a problem with that. The problem is with calling other companies evil for negative business practices. I would much rather pay 50 bux for a license from google, never to see any ad again once I sign in to my google account.

Noticed lately how many Google products have failed ( HINT : social networking). Looks like thats the biggest irritation they have these days. I cannot even count. I guess they realized that the TRAFFIC seems to be eye opening on FACEBOOK and they are missing out. Facebook has the same business model and instead of Google Ads they have Facebook Ads. They bought ORKUT, created Google Wave, Google Buzz, Google Plus and I will update the list after i Google it ! They just want a piece of it. Just trying desperately to get people to use something other than Facebook. Hey Masterminds ! people wont switch. Why ? Because all their friends are there, Its easy enough to use and we dont need another password or a re engineering of a service we already have.

HERE Is 1 brilliant IDEA for you if you are willing to be evil.

Pay every Facebook account $20 to delete that facebook account and join Google +. I can bet that this will go viral. I am pretty sure you can make muchhhhhh more than $20 for every account that signs up and hey you will get 1 more account than you have for sure. I will delete my facebook and Join Google + if they pay me $20 for that !

 

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10 responses to “My views on Software Evil(s) ? Arent Ads Evil ?

  1. Muzamil

    very interesting..keep it up bro…

  2. You wrote: “I would much rather pay 50 bux for a license from google, never to see any ad again once I sign in to my google account.”
    That is exactly the price you pay, not only you can get rid of ads, you will get more account capacity etc. You have the option to pay for google services:
    http://www.google.com/enterprise/apps/business/pricing.html

  3. I would rather see relevant, not too large, low bandwith ads than the abusive ads others are showing for their meager and stingy services. Please don’t forget when Google offered 1000 MB space to shake the email services, they were giving us 2 MB space, which costs them cents. They must have been receiving their return in just one big ad that they were displaying. I am not against returns, but the rate should be acceptable, and this usually only comes with competition in corporate cultures. When you have a very big share, you can easily stifle the markets from competing against you. That is one good thing Google usually does, they don’t exploit their market share to stifle the competition, they usually keep the venues open, actually they had tried to break other’s monopolies with open alternatives, like they tried to break the monopoly of Facebook with the open social initiative they had tried. In Open Handset Alliance, I think it worked fairly well.

  4. asadsiddiqi

    Good Research man ! And thanks for the link, I am definitely not going to pay 50 bux 😛 Actually the point is not about getting ads but more about their grudge about Software Licensing and Microsoft which I totally dont get. I believe every company wants to make a profit and everybody has their own business model which is not necessarily good or bad.
    Cheers !

  5. Yes, I agree, licencing is an acceptable model, only the price are too high. if windows OS costed $20 or Mac OS costed $30, these could be acceptable prices. And I bet MS would still profit same amounts. Piracy is so wide spread in third world because of such exorbitant prices…

    • asadsiddiqi

      I agree with the license fee too high but then what about Apple ? Why is apple less evil for some strange reason. Why is mac OS so expensive ?

      • asadsiddiqi

        Windows for 20 and Mac OS for 30, cmmon man 😛

      • Apple is certainly much much more evil, greedy company than Microsoft; exploiting monopoly much worse, exploiting people’s psychological weaknesses much more than Microsoft.

      • Apple is certainly much much more evil, greedy company than Microsoft; exploiting monopoly much worse, exploiting people’s psychological weaknesses much more than Microsoft.

  6. You are right. $20 dollars is the monthly salary of a man in so many countries. It would be too expensive for them. Maybe they would subsidize their prices there… 🙂

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