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Re: Toner deaf (Feb 28)

Monopolies are a way of controlling and limiting IT industry growth in all countries. U.S. corporations hold the largest amounts of patents and copyrights and

vigorously use the court system to prohibit companies from developing new products that may be or not based on their technologies.

The Lexmark injunction is a drop in the bucket of what goes on. This injunction is purely a marketing tool to limit another company from getting market share through innovation.

I was involved in a few court cases (copyright & trademark) where decisions made will limit future development in significant IT areas.

Your editorial was very good.

Chico Levy

Re: Toner deaf (Feb 28)

This type of thing is of major concern to me. Clearly, the United States is going to hell in a hand basket, and sadly we’re only one short step behind them.

The problem, which has many factors and is quite complicated, can nevertheless be put quite simply. The issue is control versus creativity. Many industries (from the music business to the printer business and everything in between) tend to get too lazy and incompetent to run competitively, especially after they reach a certain size. If they can’t offer real value for our dollars (thus being competitive), they convince government to intercede with legislation allowing them to control the market instead. So much for blowing the free market system horn!

I suggest we let both the government and corporations know that we expect better from them. After all, what are we paying them for?

David Taubner
CIS Senior Systems Administrator
Health Sciences Centre

Re: One to scroll on (Feb 27)

Agreed. I hate horizontal, don’t mind vertical.

But what I do hate is printing vertically when I need landscape for the last word or two. Why can’t sites tell us in advance? Secondly, Netscape 4 allowed print preview but 6 doesn’t. So I’m always printing out that last ID-only page and wasting paper. Hate it!!

Tom Collins

Re: One to scroll on (Feb 27)

I agree. I hate horizontal scrolling; vertical scrolling is fine. I realize that not all computer screens are alike, nor are what each individual is displaying. But, if I max out the window using the box in the upper right-hand corner (which does not necessarily mean that that window will now fill my screen), I do not wan

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