[clug] Light at the end of the Tax Return tunnel

Alex Satrapa grail at goldweb.com.au
Sun Jul 15 23:29:38 GMT 2007

On 14/07/2007, at 16:50 , Mike Carden wrote:

> "We are redeveloping e-tax to make it compatible with any computer
> system that has internet access. ..."
> The page mentions MacOS running Windows in a virtualised environment
> as an example of (an)other operating system.

The ATO is a Microsoft shop. They bought the "Microsoft Message"  
hook, line and sinker.

I expect that in ATO lingo, the phrase should be read "any computer  
system that has Internet (Explorer) access". So yes, I expect it will  
run on "any" operating system - where "any" is interpreted as "some  
version of Windows".

> Allah be praised, in just a few years I'll be able to do eTax on a
> Linux machine. I guess I'll be running Moldy Mongoose by then.

As long as you have a virtualised Windows environment to use for the  
eTax software, then yes you'll be able to use eTax on your computer.  
Remember, to a Microsoft shop, everything revolves around Microsoft  
Windows. Thus a Mac OS X or Linux installation is merely a vehicle to  
run the "real" operating system.

I look forward to being proven wrong.


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