Monopoly breaking its own backwards compatibility

"I belong to a community of people who use Microsoft operating
systems for industrial automation (water plants, automotive,
semiconductors, etc.)," writes Todd Malone. "They created a
general protocol that layers on top of DCOM for our industry,
which companies like Rockwell Automation, Siemens, and
Honeywell have adopted." IE 6 breaks every single such
system, he says, stepping on a capability that the developers
"were 'guaranteed' would remain in the product." [infoworld 2003-03-10 Windows Mgr]

Hmmmm. Seems that relying on a single monopolistic vendor does NOT abolish integration problems or API changes.

Gee, I coulda tode you dat.

And WTF are industrial automation systems doing running Windows? Let the accounting department use it, and install something more robust.

Written by Andrew Ittner in misc on Mon 10 March 2003. Tags: commentary, news, technology