posted on Aug, 31 2005 @ 12:17 PM
I wake up in the morning and go to set a computer up for my dad so he can write. No big whoop, it's a laptop, I'm just throwing it on a desk and
hooking a monitor, keyboard and mouse to it. The mouse is USB (compy only has 1 PS2 port) so I don't think it's going to take more than 2 minutes to
do. Set everything up, and then I turn on the Lappy to make sure everything is working. There's no reason to think it's not, but I've learned that
mentality can really get you into trouble at work.
Compy boots up, we've had this thing for about 2 years now, by the way. It boots up, and windows is demanding it be activated. Again. Obviously,
since I had XP Pro on there for the past 2 years, I must have activated it a long while ago. Well, Microsuck wants to activate it again. Ok, whatever,
no problem. I grab a 50 foot coax cable, and run the cable modem out of the room where it is to a half way point. Then I take a 50 ft. CAT-5 and
connect it to the compy. I tell Windows to activate via the web. It communicates with the inter-web for a moment, and comes up with "Unauthorized
Product Key". WTF?! It wants me to reenter the key. Fine. whatever, I took a personal day today because a cousin I haven't seen in ages is back in
town, so I go digging for the XP disk.
This computer, again, is 2 years old. Finding this disk is no easy task. I finally track it down after about 15 minutes of hunting, and Microsuck
returns the message -- Unauthorized Product Key, Key already activated. No $#!^, Sherlock, I did that 2 years ago! So I cancel. F You, Microsuck, you
suddenly demand I reactivate my copy of XP and then tell me I already have? F You!
I reboot the compy, and it, again, tells me I have to activate Windows, do I want to? Nope, I don't. Microsuck wants me to buy another copy of XP
because I've already activated it on this computer and that is unacceptable. Apparently XP is a subscription OS. You have to buy a new copy of XP
ever few years. So after swearing several times (rather loudly), I figure forget it. The OS may be locked, but I can connect the compy to my LAN and
gain access to the HD that way through one of my other computers. I spend about 15 minutes moving a desktop from my room to the office my dad wants to
use (he freaked out when I told him where it would be for the day, and I had to correct that right away. Thanks again, Microsuck.) and then I connect
to the compy that suddenly needs a new operating system. Well, by golly, access is denied! I have the hard drives shared, but that doesn't matter,
and I can't check out the properties on the computer that's locking me out because Macrosuck isn't letting me access my computer.
So in short, Macrosuck does exactly what the name implies. It sucks. Big time. I have to buy another Macrosuck XP liscense to access my hard drive.
Eff you, Bill and your effin' company, Macrosuck.
I'm switching to Linux.