Possibly true - a few months back, I was wearing my MSCD leather jacket with an MS logo on the back and was actually heckled by Linux people in a parking lot.
But I think MS does have geek appeal to many - it's just that in the public eye (i.e stocks, etc), they have become the "big elephant". Everyone wants to shoot the big elephant, everything it does is under a magnifying glass. Kind of like the US government.
When the US screws up, EVERYONE hears about it. And they can't win or lose whatever decision they make afterwards.
Meanwhile, in Canada, we have a scandal that would cause many third-world countries to revolt, no one hears about it.
The same it goes for Microsoft - It's awfully hard to miss when you're aiming for a barn!
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