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Michael T. Richter ttmrichter at gmail.com
Thu Apr 13 22:43:59 UTC 2006

On Thu, 2006-13-04 at 10:52 -0700, Gary W. Swearingen wrote:

> > Most Linux users prefer "M$" or "the Vole", but MSFT is the stock 
> > exchange symbol.

> I've never seen "the Vole", but, yeah, my use of "M$" drew too many
> complaints about Childishness, etc., so I switched to the Big Boys'
> stock market symbol which still _kinda_ makes my point that MSFT has
> always been about money and not about innovation, blah, blah.

Why not just use the name "Microsoft" or the well-known abbreviation
"MS"?  That way you won't find yourself having to explain what you mean
constantly.  After all a point that you have to explain loses all of its

> Maybe someone could explain "the Vole"?

It's another childish "commentary".  From Wikipedia: "VoleWare is a term
used in the Internet IT commentary websites such as The Inquirer to
describe hidden tools in Microsoft software which provide intelligence
back to Microsoft. Bill Gates, co-founder, chairman, and chief software
architect of MicrosoftCorporation is known as The Vole in the same

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