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  • Dear MS, prepare to have your ears burned...

    I worked at my base's Information Management Office (i.e. computer center) in Korea. 

    How is it that a military (AAFES) contractor built my computer to my specs, charged me for all the software--including $200+ for WinXP Pro--and delivered it on base in Korea, and now I am supposed to DONATE nearly $200 for software for which I already paid?

    Microsoft, you are a greedy and paranoid corporation.  I pledge to continually advocate the removal of MS products (OSs and applications) from DoD and government systems.  It's time we moved toward something more open-source and cost-effective anyway.  I have secured Unix syustems in the past--I think they still have Irix (and other OSs) on some nets.

    In short, I won't pay for something twice.  Furthermore, I won't be forced to pay the bill for software counterfeiters so clever they manage to fool a very sharp technician and the U.S. Government!

    I might have been more offended and angry at some point in the past--but I can't recall when.

    Microsoft, you have a problem: you're bloated, you're going to lose the battle to own global computing (it's all moving toward dynamic web content), and every time you drop a bomb on (previously) loyal customers you're being penny wise and pound foolish!  I'll be reformatting quite a few things ASAP.  I sure hope my new OS will support most of the work I do.

    All I can say is "Thanks for giving me the impetus to finally switch." 

    My engineering and computer science professors were right.  Microsoft is a scourge on an industry that could have accomplished far more under freer market conditions.



    Tuesday, February 13, 2007 11:09 PM


  • Please follow this diagnostic troubleshooting procedure:

    1. Download and run the MGA Diagnostic Tool:  

    2. After running the MGA Diagnostic Tool, click
        on the "Windows" tab and then click on "Copy".

    3. Next, visit the following website and create a post in the
        "WGA Validation Problems" forum and paste the
        results of the WGA Diagnostic Data in a detailed post.

    4. A WGA troubleshooting specialist will analyze the MGA data and
        recommend an appropriate solution.

    • Marked as answer by JeniferA Thursday, August 28, 2008 6:35 PM
    Wednesday, February 14, 2007 1:21 AM