Microsoft and wasted PR opportunities

Back to Microsoft. I really, really hope they push through with the wireless thing. I don’t understand why Microsoft isn’t very actively courting us. C’mon, if I were an evil empire and I wanted to ensure my hold on the future generations, I’d get them while they were young. I’d give freebies, training, cool gadgets, lots of publicity… Microsoft’s a large company with plenty of budget to spare. We just won an international competition – you think they’d take advantage of that wonderful PR opportunity. I suppose their marketing is losing their edge. ;) Of course this is all just personal opinion, since our school obviously believes in Microsoft enough to go for the Academic Alliance and that .NET stuff, but still…

If you think about it, many of our classes are too vendor-centric. Take Contemporary Databases (translation: Oracle), or Enterprise Java Programming (guess), or even Intro to C++, which was actually pretty okay if not fairly boring, and had a sliver of MFC tacked on at the end but didn’t cover other toolkits). On the plus side, we do actually have Systems Programming, which is Unix-based thanks to the strong push of people like William Yu, Sir Marco and Doc Mana if I’m not mistaken. w00t!

(Update 2003.09.24: Come to think of it, we’re remarkably not vendor-centric – at least the classe I’ve taken.)

Anyway, I really should be going to bed now. My roommate has borrowed my alarm clock again – it’s apparently the loudest in the dorm… =) Hopefully I’ll remember to wake up tomorrow. Good night!