Hating the Microsoft Genuine Software check

I downloaded the Microsoft New Zealand theme Royale at work today. At home, I was able to skip the validation, but I had to do it at work. It took like five minutes just to get through the process of getting to the download page!

I was listening to the TWiT podcast episode 14 the other day, and they were talking about some security thing for monitors. Oh, HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) is a must in new TVs. Basically, one of them stated that those protections are only hindering the honest people, because hackers and cracks can create a workaround in a relatively short period of time. I was thinking, “Amen!”

Microsoft wasted my time because I’m an honest customer. It definitely stinks that the unscrupulous 5% of people who use illegal versions of Windows XP is ruining the 95% of honest users. Pretty lame if you ask me.

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan is a Community Guardian at Automattic. He's also a photographer, card magician, and cat whisperer. (Thanks to my friend and colleague Steve Blythe for the sweet photo!)

One thought on “Hating the Microsoft Genuine Software check”

  1. I tried to use the Genuine program but all it did was crash my freeware version of Crazy Browser (Internet Explorer was unaffected, to nobodys supprise). I agree it is a pain for all the honest customers (even if they choose windows because there is no alternative).

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