Thursday, May 19, 2005

Assignment #9

Walmart and Microsoft are pretty much in the same boat as far as I'm concerned, they want it all. They are the Evil Empires. Walmart is disguised a lot better than Microsoft just because on the outside it is just so consumer friendly. Everything is supposed to be focued on the consumer. It's a huge place with a huge selection, so you can pretty much buy anything you want there and their price are great. One of the many things that bothered me about the Walmart documentary was that old lady saying that she wishes she could have her Social Security direct deposited into Walmart because that's the only place she spends her money on. The other thing that pissed me off was that share holders get-together that took place in that arena, I swear it was like a scene out of Nazi Germany, with thousands of people all saying the same thing all standing in company line, what a f*ckin joke. To my surprise there aren't any Walmart's in New York City, thank goodness. You would think that a place like Walmart would have a superstore in Manhattan. What I didn't realize was the way that Walmart gets their prices down is pretty much through intimidation. There ask the buyers for a price like they did with "Rubbermade" and they better get it or you won't do business with the giant anymore, and companies can't afford to do that so they wilt under the pressure. In addition, the fact that Walmart is such a huge focus of small towns acroos the country, it really eliminates the "mom and pop" stores because they simply can't compete and sell items that cheap. Another way that they get their prices down is by paying their employees next to nothing, now where are these people is small towns where Walmat is pretty much the center of the town supposed to find "real work" with competitive wages? Not to mention that a lot of the manufacturing is being outsourced to places like China where they can also use cheap labor. I'm sure that the founder of Walmart's intentions weren't for his business to get like it is currently. I have to give Walmart some credit though, if anything else they are just a machine, they are so efficient it's sickening. Chris gives a good review of Linux and how it is more for the people than Microsoft is. One great point that was made in the documentary is the use of passwords. I really had no idea that passwords had the type of controlling power that it's said to have in the film. The fact that he made one fifth of his mates change their password to "enter" was just ingenius and was a big F-U to "the man". Lania also talks about the power of passwords but goes a little deeper, worth reading. Microsoft's bottom line is that they want to be the only one out there. They aren't like Walmart because they will charge your ass as much as they can, and they want to force you into buying it by making sure that they are the only thing out there. Sometimes I think our President has the same idea, "You are either with us or against us." Kiss my ass Bush Jr.

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