On Tue, 20 Nov 2001 21:28:32 -0500, Abd ul-Rahman Lomax wrote:
>Someone at Microsoft has obviously figured out how much money  
>they are "losing" because people install their OS on more than 
>one computer. Of course, I won't buy XP with that system unless 
>I am absolutely forced to, and it has not yet come to that, so 
>it is not clear to me that, if others are like me, they will 
>actually make more money, they may make less, but this is what 
>bean counters can do to a software company. I would have bought 
>XP before now if not for the activation issue. I change hardware
> very often, and I might want to get one computer running before
> I shut down the old one or change its OS.
And it gets much worse...

Microsoft is now requiring users to have a Passport Account to
use more of their programs and services. Passport requires 
certain personal information (although I'm reasonably sure you 
could enter bogus data) -- but the fact is they are getting more 
intrusive and when you read the licensing information for WinXP 
and Passport you realize you have agreed to an open-ended 
arrangement whereby Microsoft can do pretty much whatever they 
want with the information and change the terms of their agreement 
at any time. They are setting users up for an escalating cost 
subscription service and people are blindly buying into it 
"because it's Microsoft's latest and greatest". Once you sign on 
the dotted line (or press the Accept button), you can't go back!

MSN Messenger is an oft quoted program that requires a Passport 
Account, but it goes beyond that. Did you know for instance that 
to receive free email tech support from Microsoft you now must 
sign on with a Passport Account?

I'm not a conspiracy theorist by nature, but I am trusting 
Microsoft less and less as time goes by. I really do wonder what 
kinds of "spyware" and other back doors they may have in hidden 
away Windows XP? 

My solution to this will be to use Win2K as long as humanly 
possible. I'm sure I'll have to install at least one copy of 
WinXP for software testing purposes at some point in time, but I 
don't see myself using it as an everyday OS. It really doesn't do 
much more than Win2K and Win2K has already proven itself to be 
robust and stable.

That's my last (and only) WinXP rant. Back to work here.

Matt Pobursky
Maximum Performance Systems

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