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Which company has had the best impact on IT?

By jasonhiner Moderator ·
The TechRepublic poll question for the week of 9/26/2005 is "Which company do think has had the best impact on the use of information technology over the past two decades?
Apple
Microsoft
Google
Cisco Systems
IBM"

Let us know which company you chose and why. Or, if there's a different company that you would choose, name that company and explain why you think they had the best impact.

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Damn have to vote for Microsoft now

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to unbelievable

No other company has done as much to raise the issue of security in IT.
LOL

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on the other hand . . .

by apotheon In reply to Damn have to vote for Mic ...

No other company has done as much to reduce the practice of security in IT. We're all aware of it, and very few of us are practicing it.

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What is "Best"?

by CharlieSpencer In reply to unbelievable

Perhaps if the word "Most" had been substituted, this question would make more sense. In that case, I'd have to go with IBM for their sheer longevity in the field and their history of successfully marketing a variety of hardware platforms.

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best . . .

by apotheon In reply to What is "Best"?

I would tend to think that "best" would indicate a positive impact:

broadening our options rather than restricting them

advancing innovation rather than oppressing it

increasing options rather than decreasing them

improving technologies rather than corrupting them

contributing to success rather than stealing it

encouraging knowledge rather than obscuring it

diversifying capabilities rather than monopolizing them

enabling educators rather than straightjacketing them

symbiosis with our industry rather than parasitizing it

and, finally, making our profession enjoyable, rather than sucking the life out of it.

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Well in that case

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to best . . .

MS is left out in the cold isn't it?

That company hasn't done one of those things listed actually it has done the exact opposite.

Col ]:)

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precisely so

by apotheon In reply to Well in that case

That was my thought.

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Ah...but they

by sonicbridge In reply to precisely so

have created so much busy work for us to do. Employing meatheads like me. A brain is a terrible thing to waste. Why is it that mine feels so wasted?

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because:

by apotheon In reply to Ah...but they

Your brain feels so wasted because you're spending all your time solving problems that have already been solved. If you could just solve it once and move on, as happens with systems that actually progress substantively, you'd be able to put your brain to work solving new problems.

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You are correct sir, Bill has his priorities

by #1 Kenster In reply to Well in that case

I recall Bill Gates going out of his way in an attempt to crush Philippe Kahn of Borland years ago because he was competing with several of MS's products. Rather than fix the products they had, MS seems **** bent on having a product to compete in every niche and driving the rest of the world out of business. Kill Google? Kill Bill is just a movie.

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What landslide?

by CharlieSpencer In reply to unbelievable

I don't know where you're seeing these poll percentages. Is there vote page or graphic I don't know how to find? In the posted comments, only one person favorably mentions MS.

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