posted on Dec, 30 2012 @ 11:49 AM
Here is advice for software manufacturers on how to reduce the number of illegal software downloads:
MAKE IT AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE!
I know... Revolutionary idea.
I'm sure the big wigs sitting in a boardroom somewhere might be real confused on the matter. "Uh, you mean, we make it available for purchase?"
"Dan, can you run this by the guys in distribution and see what kind of effect it might have?"
So some backstory for you guys since most people reading so far will be thinking, "Uh oh, Boncho got into the holiday eggnog. Can't someone that
lives with him find a durable lock for the liquor cabinets?!"
I am a Mac user. I made the switch this year because I was tired of the blue screen of death, tired of putting 6-10 hours into a sales data
presentation only to see "program is not responding" and suddenly, excel or word or whatever I was using disappears off the screen and non of the
backups actually backed up my work.
There is one finance program I really want to use but it isn't offered for Mac. So I need windows. I still have a laptop with windows, but I get
frustrated using it. I have a minibook with Windows, but I get frustrated using it.
My solution was to purchase parallels, run Windows in my Mac environment. Easy enough right? I purchased parallels, then came time to purchase
Windows. Well, now that Win 8 is being launched, the store (even though has a Win 7 box) say they will not sell Windows 7. They will sell Windows 8,
but so far it's only an upgrade version.
I just want to buy a copy of Windows full version. 7 or 8 or 129. I don't care what edition it is, I only need it for one program!
So they tell me they can't sell me a copy of 7, and all the 8 versions are just upgrades. I search the online store for MSoft, and I can't find
anywhere to buy a serial for Windows 7. And all I can see is a Win8 upgrade being sold on it.
Talk about frustrating.
The store I went to recommended me drive half way across town to another store to see if they still had 7 copies. I considered buying a small netbook,
one of the few they still had with Windows 7 on it. Then, just taking the serials and reloading Win7 on my Parallel copy.
To be honest, the netbook with Win7 was almost the same cost as the standalone version of Win 7. Here is another sad note. I could actually buy a
computer, for almost the same cost of the program. I didn't because it wasn't a full version of Windows, and they said it might be hard to find
that version online for download.
This is really pathetic. Say I had done that, there are millions of unfortunate kids around the globe who need computers. Whether it be to help them
learn, help them function, help them stay connected to family, etc. And here I am ready to throw a perfectly good computer in the garbage, just to get
the OS codes with the system.
Are you serious?!
How is it in 2013, one of the largest software developers, one that has had a near monopoly on OS's over the past 20 years, make it so impossible to
actually buy their product with money... There are so many other pieces of software I have purchased in the last year. Simply buy using my
credit card, downloading it, and voila! I have it, and they have the MSRP in their bank account.
Someone on here might have a simple solution for me. And if you do it's much appreciated. But here is my qualm, I asked at least a half dozen people
a solution for this, and they were stumped. Some who work for computer retail chains, some regular folk as well.
The main thing though, is it shouldn't be this hard!
Dear god, we have apps for nearly everything. I just want to buy a ______ piece of software, to run one application, and it's been over a week with
Ironically, if I asked someone who is involved with pirating software, they probably could have offered me a same-day solution. This is very, very