May 10 and
May 24 newsletters discussed the Microsoft Partner Program
as it relates to system builders using less-expensive, OEM
versions of Microsoft software.
But the free service has more tangible benefits, including subscription
programs for multiple copies of Microsoft software at a low price.
I have long held the position that the most popular program is the biggest
target for viruses, malware, and browser exploits.
Currently, Internet Explorer suffers from the largest number of browser
exploits, but with
some estimates putting Firefox’s market share at over 25%,
this situation could change.
Rumors abound as to whether Microsoft will try
to charge for key PowerToys utilities that it used to provide for free.
I don’t know the answer to that, but I really miss the Image Resizer PowerToy,
and fortunately I’ve found a good, free alternative.
Some say the world will end in fire. Some say in ice.
Or at least that’s what Robert Frost wrote. The truth is nobody knows how
the world will end. Still, that doesn’t stop people from speculating
One of the more amusing versions comes from the Flash artist known as
Fluid. You can check out his Doomsday scenario at
AlbinoBlackSheep.com. Please be aware that the animation contains adult
language and national stereotypes that will be offensive to some
readers, hilarious to others.
Watch the animation
May 24 issue
continued our discussion of OEM software, explaining that any hobbyist can be
a system builder and buy these products at a discount.
Additional documentation from Microsoft’s Web site makes it even more clear
that you neither need to build a computer from scratch nor join
the Microsoft Partner Program to qualify for the lower prices.
For at least a decade, InfoWorld veteran Ed Foster has been writing about the
uses and abuses of end-user license agreements (EULAs).
What began as examples of bad service
agreements that were more funny than dangerous has become a crusade against
complicated language and outrageous requirements and penalties. I talked to
Foster about fighting the good fight.
It’s not every day that a motorcycle roars up to your house
and its rider takes off his helmet to help you fix your ailing PC.
But that’s the experience several lucky readers of the
Windows Secrets Newsletter will have when Fred Langa, our editor-at-large,
brings his patented Housecall to their doors.