Friday, February 09, 2007

Vista Marketing

Here's a good one: the Washington Post's tech writer Rob Pegoraro recently got Gateway to loan him a Vista-loaded laptop for review. Guess what? Vista claimed it was an illegitimate copy!. Wonderful. So either one of Microsoft's biggest suppliers is shipping pirated copies of Vista (extremely doubtful), or Vista's piracy-protection mechanism is fraked. Which makes me wonder what would happen if I bought one of those fancy new boxes Best Buy and Office Depot keep pushing at me in the Sunday supplement. I mean, if Microsoft can't make sure that reviewers get a legit copy of Vista, what about ordinary users?

Oh, wait. The next computer I buy might come with Windows, but after I tear it out by its DOS roots and install Linux I won't have any problem with piracy-protection software.

Never mind.