Posted 29 December 2008 - 04:46 PM
Man, oh, man. Insn't this one of the signs of the apocalypse?
I'm with you DnDer, I want to OWN those things which I buy. I refuse to be "locked in" to any vendor, suppier, etc. for any reason. I highly doubt, for example, that Microsoft will be offering third-party applications or operating systems for these machines. No sir, you'll get Microsoft Windows (no Linux or Mac or BSD), Microsoft Office (no OpenOffice or AbiWord or Word Perfect), Microsoft Games (nothing but, unless you pay more), Microsoft Internet Explorer (no Firefox or Opera or Chrome for you!), Microsoft Money (goodbye Quicken, Quickbooks). And the list goes on. Goodbye Symantec or McAffee, hello Microsoft Live OneCare.
This is yet another move by Microsoft to enhance and solidify its monopoly of the operating system and software markets.
Even worse, since all your activities on the computer are metered it's not a big leap to assume that you'll be monitored as well. Restrictions on websites, applications, and other such things would likely be imposed (if not announced.) Programs and applications which haven't passed a Microsoft Certification program (which, like the MS Driver Signing program would likely be expensive) would be disabled.
What? you installed another operating system alongside MS Windows Craptacular Edition? Can't have that. Your computer has been disabled. Please report to the nearest Microsoft Re-Education Center for treatment.
Geez, this really gets my hackles up.