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Devil In The Demo


Technology & You: BULLETIN BOARD: SOFTWARE

DEVIL IN THE DEMO

I usually don't evaluate software until I've used a finished version. A joke making the rounds of the computer industry explains why: Microsoft CEO William H. Gates III goes to his reward. It's not heaven but hell that offers him a choice of three doors. Bill asks for a peek, and Satan says: "Sure." Bill opens the first door and sees a fiery pit full of anguished souls. The second door opens on the same scene. But the third door offers a vista of a lovely, sun-drenched beach. Bill chooses No.3 and is immediately cast into a pit of burning brimstone. "What happened to the beach?" he asks the nearest imp. "Oh," the imp replies, "that was just the demo."BY STEPHEN H. WILDSTROM


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