[Gllug] Bio visa applications may be outsourced

Richard Turner richard at zygous.co.uk
Tue Jun 28 22:34:43 UTC 2005

On Tue, 2005-06-28 at 23:28 +0100, Rich Walker wrote:
> Didn't RM teach M$ a lot about customer lockin? I seem to recall some
> interesting stuff from the day about the many ways RM fileservers were
> subtly incompatible with others, horror stories about RM sales
> tactics,
> and so on. 

Yep, I believe so. I once chatted to the headmaster of a school in
Plymouth about it - he told me that they're "very scrict about
compatibility". Some people are happy to be locked-in because they don't
really understand what that means, apart from the fact that it's simpler
to always buy their kit from the same company!

RM hardware is customised so as to ensure it won't talk to normal kit :(

> (And if the Nimbus is still being bought, that's one impressive piece
> of
> lockin. I never saw a Nimbus run for a whole day...)

Oops! I didn't mean to say that the Nimbus is still going - I've no idea
about that - but I know that RM is still peddling its wares. Tesco's
'Computers for Schools' vouchers have 'RM' emblazoned across them :(



"Racing turtles, the grapefruit is winning..."

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