I am now such a victim, as one of my home PCs has now been ‘branded’ as not genuine. [It makes one feel like the witches or whatever, who were branded with the ‘scarlet-letter A’ on their forehead. Or,
maybe I’m mixing my metaphors?!]
At any rate, I purchased the machine about 3 years ago from a [seemingly] otherwise reputable local shop, who has since closed its doors [itself maybe a ‘victim’ of offshoring the building of PCs to
I’m now too stubborn to just rollover and pay the
richest man on the planet, who the European Union
and many of the states in these United States still consider to be a monopolist.
So, I guess I’ll just continue to wear my ‘scarlet letter’ with pride.
Meanwhile, I think Microsoft and Mr. Gates should ALSO start marking up a map of the US/World, with
little dots, one for each desktop/laptop that
was DELIVERED with an ALREADY-PAID-FOR copy of
Windows on it, but which was TOTALLY ERASED and
never used, and had Linux installed on it INSTEAD.
I’m betting that THAT LINUX-only-PC map’s dot-count would be easily COUNTER-BALANCED by the dot count of their present map.
In otherwords, Microsoft should consider it
a balanced-off trade, instead of yet-again
flexing their DOMINENT-nay-near-MONOPOLISTIC
weight around again. They either just don’t
’get it’ or else just consider their WEALTH
to be the attribute that they most want to
maximize, at the cost of further offending more
’customers’ (who they clearly do not ‘respect’).
[Oh, and if they WERE to make such a Linux-only
map, I’d suggest they use the very nice ‘Google-Maps’ APIs, rather than their stupid
and EXPENSIVE ‘MapPoint’ approach. Check out
my ‘website’ that I built using ‘Google-Maps’.]
Just my 2-cents worth…