Poem: Last Exit for Redmond

SAN FRANCISCO (03/28/2000) - Before the judge adjudicates,He'll urge, or so the press relates,A meeting between Klein and Gates,And there, in hurried tete-a-tetes,Bang tonsured against tousled pates,Until a bargain percolates. True, Redmond still asseveratesThe rights of one who innovates,But also, doubtless, contemplatesIts dead man's hand (aces and eights)And (mindful how it irritatesJudge Jackson, when one simulatesA video that demonstratesPerformance that deterioratesAs soon as one dissociatesThe browser from the OS) hatesTo leave itself in desperate straits -Particularly when 19 statesAre heaping lawsuits on its plates -So may decide that, though it grates,Than breakup there are lesser fates.

When circumstance necessitates,

The wisest man capitulates.

We wonder: What will be the deal they cut -To open Windows, ere the door is shut?

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