On 01/30/2011 05:17 PM, jc wrote:
>   On Sun, 30 Jan 2011 14:57:14 -0500, Jay Smith<j...@jaysmith.com>  wrote:
>>> I'm not sure why you would want to skip the service packs - I use an
>>> XP VM for legacy apps and testing, but the first thing I did when
>>> setting it up was to install SP3.  Why not install SP2 (or SP3)?
>>> Just curious.
>> However, SP2 is the last version before M$ added "phone home". A
>> lot of people don't trust M$. It is not an issue of whether the
>> copy of Windoze is legal or not (which, of course it always should
>> be), but it is an issue that it's none of M$ business what you use
>> the Windoze for.
>   I don't disagree with you about Microsoft's high-handed tactics, but
>   being unpatched puts your system at risk, as well as others when your
>   system is compromised or "botted." There are better alternatives (Linux,
>   Mac) to what you're doing.

I agree completely with JC.

Though giving M$ access is the definition of compromised as far as I am 

We run Linux for 98% of our work.

We only run one XP SP2 for specific applications that are not available 
in any more satisfactory form.  It is behind three levels of firewalls 
with communication both in and out clamped down to the point that it can 
be hard to use.  It is NEVER, EVER used for browsing or email or 
anything like that and it is only running when one of the needed 
applications is being used.  Still, it is worrisome.

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