Somehow I ended up on Microsoft's web site. I clicked around and found some on-line quizzes.

Find out how smart you really are by taking the Faster Smarter Online Challenge. You may enter the sweepstakes once per quiz. The more quizzes you play, the better your chances to win a digital camera or other cool prizes!

Oh boy! I wanna win!

I clicked on quiz #3 (Internet) because I think I know something about the Internet--maybe even as much as Bill himself.

It required a plug-in. The window that popped up had the title Faster Smarter Internet. Click the image at the right to see for yourself.

Riiiiight. Yeah, those guys up in Redmond really do get the Internet, don't they?

I guess I failed the quiz. You win, Bill. I'm not worthy.

Posted by jzawodn at May 06, 2003 09:17 PM

Reader Comments
# kasia said:


on May 7, 2003 05:08 AM
# Arcterex said:

*sigh* Jeremy, you should know better than to surf the internet with Mozilla. The internet is best seen from IE, and since Bill is the master of the internet, you *must* use what he recommends. You should know that you can't surf the internet without a Bill Approved(tm)(c)(r) browser.

on May 7, 2003 09:56 AM
# Bill said:

I think you meant: Microsoft "No"s the Internet

on May 7, 2003 09:51 PM
# Chris said:

I thought it was: Microsoft "Owns" the Internet.

on May 9, 2003 05:05 PM
# Victor said:

Um, I think this means you don't have a required plug-in. I'm not sure what that has to do with Microsoft except the site you visited is using a piece of software you don't have loaded.

on May 12, 2003 06:12 AM
# Royale With Cheese said:

I dont think that was Jerry's point Victor. I looked at the quiz in IE, and it was some sort of ActiveX-Flash thing of several multi-choice questions (i think 5 in all).

A series of pages of multi choice questions can be done in bog standard HTML which can be viewed by every browser on the planet.

Instead of the Internet, which is was originally conceptualised to be a mechanism to unite desparate computer systems, here we have Microsoft (and many others mind you) , actively conspiring to create internet no-go-areas.

Thats the point.

on May 12, 2003 03:20 PM
# Bill Gates said:

"A series of pages of multi choice questions can be done in bog standard HTML which can be viewed by every browser on the planet."

Ahh, so if we support a third-party we're doomed, if we don't we're doomed. Maybe we should just buy Macromedia and be done with it?

It all comes down to what plug-ins/software the consumer is willing to download and of course how it all ties in together....right?

on May 14, 2003 07:33 PM
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