Well the good news is this story does possess a happy outcome. Definitely helps knowing that going into this story to begin with. When I first heard the story, my Incredible Hulk persona came out. “ME MUST SMASH MICROSOFT!”
So the backstory is that earlier in the week the US Department of Education turned over control of Teach.gov, the information website on the career of teacher to Microsoft. The evil, evil empire. The one with the continuing monopoly, the one that makes my school district and others succumb to outrages server and OS license costs. And we even get the education discount.
So the DOE launched this site to try and slow down the large number of new teachers that leave the field within the first five years. They bottled all the info on alternative-certifications (lateral entry), grants, scholarships, professional development, and so much more. A good project by the BOE. So you can probably understand the outrage when we heard this week that Microsoft would begin running a .gov domain. Yes, a private company (and I DO NOT CARE how much Microsoft provides for their grants through the Gates Foundation–to buy more Microsoft products) about to run a .GOV domain. A PUBLIC DOMAIN! On the smallest level, I feared a change from some of the open source tools used to run the site, like the CMS Drupal. I am sure there is some Microsoft CMS, probably nicknamed BSOD-CMS. And the server to run it, while I do not know what currently runs it, but I can guarantee a WAMP box would after the migration.
So I guess my anger was an apparent, even though possibly barely apparent, government support of Microsoft. Sure, on some level, they need a private company for the taxes, but to publicly, and maybe indirectly, support one and give them control of your GOV DOMAIN?? Definitely a little hot.
You know the good guys end up winning. Microsoft will still take control of the resources, but will move it, apparently, to a .ORG domain. A little better, but still troubling. Microsoft is the evil empire after all, trying to do an end around to get more influence in the schools. Who watches these things? I am glad the geeks are!