On Mon, 30 Mar 2009 20:57:20 -0500, JEDIDIAH wrote:
> If you can't do REAL work in a trial version of software than
> WHAT'S THE POINT really? How can you reall put something through it's
> paces and full verify it if you can't do REAL work with it?
Indeed. Although in the case at hand, apparently one _can_ do real work
with it... one can just never retrieve said work without paying the
ransom to the hostage taker.
It's a scummy marketing ploy, to be sure.
>> You can spend $85 for Office 2007 Home/Student, or spend $0 and get
>> what you pay for (and most definitely deserve): OpenOffice and .odf.
Get what you deserve? You mean an open, standards-based, well
documented, portable, reliable office suite that does everything most
users will ever need such a tool to do - and then some? Yes, well, how
> ...or you can just avoid trialware that:
> Prevents you from saving in legacy formats.
> Prevents you from using cut & paste.
Or, more simply, "which holds your data hostage until you pay the
ransom". Sick. Even sicker, some twisted freaks will actually defend
this sort of thing.
> You know, people might get the wrong idea about the capabilities of
> Microsoft software from these shenanigans. It might not occur to them
> that this is a contrived situation meant to TRAP them and take the
> sitaution at face value.
Yeah, it may just seem MSO is a piece of crap that doesn't work worth a
damn. Which is actually sort of true here - it *doesn't*, unless you
fork over gobs of dough just to get it to do what it's (apparently)
supposed to do as installed.