The trauma of the nearly raped

Amynda and Feministe are apparently now writing for Saturday Night Live:

“Making a false accusation of rape can be every bit as traumatic as actually being raped…. And for the false accuser, when they are finally proven to be lying, it’s being like being raped all over again….

It’s a sad, sad day when it takes the comedians many months just to catch up with the feminists.

The Virus: female execs

From the New York Times:

Ms. Wilderotter herself started off as the lone woman on nearly all the 14 boards of which she has been a member over the years, with the exception of those at Xerox and the McClatchy Company. She says she is most proud of the fact that she never left a board without a woman on it. “I would finesse myself onto the nominating committee and try to populate boards with women,” she says, laughing.

And that’s why you put them on at your own risk…. It’s amusing to know that she obviously puts the welfare of those 14 companies behind her feminist ideology, isn’t it.

It might be interesting to do a study of the performance of those Fortune 500 corporations with three or more female board members. It’s possible that it would be better than the average. More likely, given Ms. Wilderotter’s little admission, it would be worse.

Squeeze play

Like you couldn’t see this coming:

With the recent release of Microsoft’s newest potential cash cows, Windows Vista and Office 2007, the company is expecting a wave of upgrades from users seeking the latest functionality. But what if you’re not looking for new bells and whistles? What if you want to keep your old operating systems, such as Windows 2000, running as long as possible?

Microsoft isn’t making it easy for you. Office 2007 and the software for the company’s much-hyped Zune music player won’t install on Windows 2000. As other new products emerge from Microsoft in 2007 and beyond, more and more of them are likely to leave Windows 2000 out of the party.

There’s only one way out of the trap. Use non-Microsoft products at every opportunity. I’m stuck using XP for the moment, but it’s literally the only Microsoft product that I use, I’ve finally moved completely away from Microsoft Word in favor of OpenOffice 2.1.

I’m just waiting for Google to realize that they can topple Microsoft by releasing an easy install G-Linux. Google has been nipping around the edges with its web-based applications, but G-Linux would drive a stake right into the vampire’s heart.

Google has the resources now, here’s hoping that someone there sees the benefit in ending Microsoft’s evil reign.