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Readers opine about Microsoft's coolness, what snappy slogans the company should use for its new line of T-shirts...and wish Doug a happy birthday:

Hey, happy (belated) birthday! Microsoft T-shirts? I can see Microsoft bringing back its old "Where do you want to go today?" ad on a T-shirt, followed by the beloved "C:\>"!

I do think Microsoft is cool. Back when .NET was relatively new, I remember I paid for a big sticker of the .NET logo and put it on my car. Not because I consider myself as a geek, but because of the impact that this kind of technology has on the people.

It's funny to watch people that really understand technology grin when they check out your shirt.

First, DOS=MSDOS is a myth. Mac OS, Linux, Unix, etc. are all flavors of DOS. Second, I'd be more likely to purchase a T-shirt with Linus Torvalds' name and "LINUX" written under it than one with Gates and DOS. I love the GNU/GPL.

I'd buy one that said something like "DOS? Who needs DOS when you can use Unix?" or "DOS is for sissies. Real geeks use Unix."

Bet they'll try to keep the "Blue Shirt of Death" quiet. Plus, we can plug any dangerous holes in our clothing on "Patch Tuesday." I'll be here all week. Try the veal.

Happy (belated) birthday to you and Nick. The kid has good taste in game machines. Yes, I would buy and wear the Microsoft line of nostalgic T-shirts. They are cool, and hearken to the days of being a true geek.

Since you mentioned it was your birthday, I thought I would wish you a belated happy birthday. My son turns 36 on Dec. 11 and I believe he has nearly all of the gaming systems that have been made over the last 20-plus years (but thankfully, I have not been the one that has had to buy them!). I do have the Sony PS3, but only because it was a good way to get a Blu-ray player at the time.

Although I have been in the computer field forever, it seems I have never developed an interest in playing games on the computer. Now that I am pushing 65, I think more about embracing retirement than embracing new technology!

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Posted by Doug Barney on December 11, 2008