Computers

by Joseph Weisenthal




Mossberg Tells PC Makers To Cut The Craplets

from the the-ad-supported-PC-is-back dept

Anyone who has bought a new PC in recent years knows all about the rigmarole associated with getting them going once they've been taken out of the box. In addition to all of the preferences, the user is faced with an onslaught of what are basically software ads in the form of trial services. Wall Street Journal tech columnist Walt Mossberg, who has certainly seen more than his fair share of computers over the years, was nevertheless struck by how ridiculous things have gotten, after experiencing the joys of setting up a new Sony Vaio laptop. In addition to two dozen pieces of teaser software for services from Napster and AOL, the computer came pre-loaded with four feature-length movies from Sony Pictures. Of course the movies, which were taking up valuable space on the hard drive, couldn't be viewed without first paying Sony. The problem, as Mossberg correctly identifies, is that computer manufacturers act as if the computer doesn't belong to the user, but is instead some platform for them to pitch services. It could be argued that all of these pitches help subsidize the cost of the computer, or at least help defray the growing Windows tax (the fact that as hardware prices continue to drop, the portion of a computer's price that goes to paying for Windows goes up). But it's not surprising, then, that consumers are increasingly interested in alternatives, like desktop Linux, as a way of avoiding the whole mess.

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    Anonymous Coward, 6 Apr 2007 @ 2:04pm

    Re: I get annoyed as well... consider the alternat

    I would appreciate the choice though...which should be mine in the first place.
    That's the whole point: you don't have a choice from these companies. They claim that their customers really want all this crap on their computers. Well, that's a bunch of bull and just shows how dishonest and untrustworthy they really are. If they even believed that themselves they would ask before installing the crap. But they don't. The last thing you need running on your computer is a bunch of crap from dishonest untrustworthy sources. Unless you like getting root-kitted that is.

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