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Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 06:46:11 -0800
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From: Paul Andrew Mitchell [address in toolbar] (by way of Paul Andrew Mitchell [address in tool bar])
Subject: SLL: Letter to Bill Gates, President, Microsoft Corporation

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TO:       Bill Gates, President
          Microsoft Corporation

FROM:     Paul Andrew, Mitchell, B.A., M.S.
          Counselor at Law

DATE:     October 28, 1997

SUBJECT:  Forward Incompatibility

I am  writing this  letter to  bring to your specific attention a
fault which  we have  isolated in Windows 95/OSR2, and to request
your immediate  attention to  restoring functionality  which  was
working just fine in DOS 6.22.

I do believe your strategic thrust to emphasize interactive modes
has resulted  in certain  identifiable oversights  in the area of
batch processing.   I  refer you  specifically  to  the  DOS  SET
command, and  to the  command-line options  which were  available
under DOS  Version 6.22.    The  option  in  which  we  are  most
interested, at the present time, is "/M".

We require  the ability  for a user program, e.g. QBASIC or other
language processor,  to modify  an environment variable, and this
modified variable  MUST keep the value we assign to it, AFTER the
user program stops.

I refer you to the similar complaints which author Dan Gookin has
written in  his excellent  work  entitled  "Advanced  Batch  File
Programming," 3rd  edition, published  by  Windcrest/McGraw-Hill.
See "Manipulating the environment," pages 292-296.  Quoting now:

     "For some reason, assigning variables with ENVIRON is only a
     temporary thing.  ...    [W]hen  I  was  able  to  assign  a
     variable, once  I quit  BASIC  and  returned  to  DOS,  that
     variable was gone.  (The SET command did not display it.)"

Although there is no publisher on this planet who can claim total
perfection at  all times, I do hope you will agree with me when I
say that  McGraw-Hill has  a rather  stellar reputation  when  it
comes to  printing  reliable  computer  documentation.    My  own
experience last  weekend empirically confirmed Gookin's statement
immediately above.

Although we  had intended  to standardize  on Win95/OSR2  for all
machines currently  in use  by our development team, the fault in
the SET  command now  requires that we run a hybrid network, with
some machines  still running  Windows 3.11  under DOS 6.22.  Your
decision to remove functionality from the SET command is the real
reason why this choice had to be made.

Can you  please instruct your development team to patch OSR2, and
make it  available for  Internet download, with terse and correct
instructions for  those of  us who  need, and  will benefit from,
this feature?

Thank you  very much  for  your  consideration  in  this  matter.
Although it  may not  seem important to you, it is very important
to us.

Sincerely yours,

/s/ Paul Mitchell

Paul Andrew, Mitchell, B.A., M.S.
Counselor at Law and federal witness
c/o 2509 N. Campbell Avenue, #1776
Tucson 85719/tdc
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