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Why there MUST be alternatives.

2007-07-18 11:39:20.891735+00 by meuon 3 comments

According to several sources: The Register and ArsTechnica (and many more), Microsoft is patenting adware using context data from desktop applications and displaying adverts.

While part of this hits my funny bone: doing a home budgeting spreadsheet and adverts for bankruptcy lawyers pop-up, or maybe: while doing a powerpoint presentation for your company, your competitors adverts pop up.

I still find it an abomination, and invasion that just really hits me wrong. What it really means to me, is that we must have alternative operating systems. Linux, MacOSX, Solaris... It's not real yet. But somehow, I am sure that Microsoft will bring this patent/technology/revenue stream to life. Slowly at first, in limited ways. And then, everywhere.

On the other side of the coin, I've embraced that same idea for FOSS developers as a way for them to realize some income from their hard work. It's an interesting model, and they often have a "Pay me $25 for a license key and the adverts stop" button.

I fear Microsoft applications will require us to pay for the software, and opting out of ads will be an expensive and recurring option.

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#Comment Re: made: 2007-07-18 13:43:48.553953+00 by: Dan Lyke

One of Apple's screensavers apparently sucks RSS feeds from somewhere and displays them as flying text. It was kinda weird recently to walk in to my computer and see iPhone ads flying around. It made me feel really uneasy.

Seems like all the more reason to keep my personal computing on Open Source stuff.

#Comment Re: made: 2007-07-18 17:22:58.999309+00 by: radix

I have an XP box for various consumer things and for the odd website that is not standards compliant but does IE. However, it appears that XP is the last Microsoft OS I will put personal data on. I've been avoiding updates that include the DRM stuff and I held out on the Genuine Advantage thing as long as I could. Vista has all that stuff embedded. The only way I think I could run Vista is standalone and use a thumb drive to migrate data to other systems.

#Comment Re: made: 2007-07-18 17:30:48.722002+00 by: Dan Lyke

Hmmm... So this brings up an issue on dual-boot systems: What's happening with encrypted filesystems? On the desktop machine I've got swappable hard drives in cages, but I've been thinking about a laptop, that'd probably come with Vista, and I'd make it dual-boot. If I don't want it rooting through my Linux stuff, I should start thinking about how I'm going to protect that...