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So how innovative really are (say) Microsoft ?

Let's look at their amazing MS-DOS it was another Seattle startup that penned it (they called it Q-DOS and I must tip my hat to them they were honest - QDOS meaning Quick and Dirty Operating System). In an unfortunate turn of faith MS claimed they had an OS when they had none, bought that pile of manure and sold it to IBM (can't fault them for having nerve can you ?).

As to MS BASIC, well BASIC predated Gates and Allen's (it having originated in Dartmouth college in the US in (AFAIK) 1964 courtesy of Kemeny and Kurtz). On the fly disk compression (aka DriveSpace) was actually predated by Stac Electronic's Stacker compression system (MS lost a court case over that one). They also got a slap over trying to use Borland's IDE style in Visual Studio (which is why I can move buttons round on a Delphi Form and have the IDE attributes update (or change the attributes and have the button move) - can't do that in VS anymore.

We've already established that Apple (for all their patents) basically flogged a "reinterpretation" of Xeroc PARC's windowing interface. And of course the iPod (which saved Apple's bacon as it were) has more than a passing resemblance to how the Creative Zen (and its kind) work doesn't it.

It all begs the question if these companies with paracitic leanings can "acquire" technology from a wide variety of US firms why would they stop at purloining ones from Acorn (or any number of non-US firms ?). The most benign interpretation is that uncharacteristically they did indeed ignore what Acorn did and so deprived their users for over a decade of advantages like scalable anti-aliased fonts (I remember seeing Aldus Pagemaker on an Macintosh - frightful it was, go below 10 pt and it "greeked" everything), drag and drop, an OS that can boot from *ROM*, a fast uncluttered UI, the ability to change screen resolution *without* having to reboot and so forth.

Yes the American's are so far ahead of the rest of the world, really, look at all those patents they must mean something ;)

 is a RISC OS UserAMS on 14/09/06 8:16PM
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