Windows XP -- digital camera/photo features

Started Apr 23, 2001 | Discussions thread
St. Onan
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Re: Windows XP -- digital camera/photo features
In reply to Rick Turner [MS], Apr 25, 2001

What am I missing here? If I have to do a reinstallation, my settings for my DSL service and ISP would presumably be lost. At what stage would the installation thwart my efforts to get up and running because it's unable to "phone home". It's also my understanding that should I change motherboards (which I intend to do soon), the program will balk at the process and I'll have to get permission from Microsoft to process the registration. How far does this go? If I change CPUs or clock settings? I don't know, but just having another potential pile of to deal with is unwelcome.

Those of us who are our own system administrators don't need any additional workload, thank you. Diatribe over.

A bit of advice... don't bother defending the company line on something neither consumers nor the industry press likes. You'll miss out on the specific feedback you're looking for and you won't convice a single soul.

As to the digital camera/photo features in question, I really wouldn't use them. These Microsoft mini apps are generally too basic and hobbled to be of any real interest to advanced users. My main concern is that they don't get in the way of the applications I will use. I don't want to have to battle the OS to have Photoshop handle jpeg and tiff files. Let me use the programs, printer drivers and color calibration tools I prefer and I'll be fine.

Rick Turner wrote:
I can (and do) understand the want for simplicity and ease of use.
Also, yes, you're right, the interaction of a product and also of
the sale of that product have great influence on customer
purchases. No doubt about that.

I guess I am trying to communicate two primary points about the new
registration requirement in Windows XP:

First and foremost, we spend a lot of money, time and effort (not
to mention blood, sweat & tears!) working on our products. As in
EVERY other profession, if a person uses our products, we deserve
compensation for those products. Every person has a right to use
or not use our products. They can choose competing products, etc.
But if they choose to use our products, we should be compensated.
Right now, we are only compensated for about half of the instances
where our product is used. The fact that piracy of our products is
so rampant dictates things like required registration. If you
don't like the registration, by all means, vote with your wallet.
But even more so -- you should become a champion against software
(or any kind) of piracy.

Secondly, the registration process is literally a one-click
operation. You don't need to fill out ANYTHING if you don't want
to. Also, you don't have to register right away. I think there's
a 14-day period once the OS is installed. (Don't quote me on the
14 days, though). The overriding point is -- this is not a long,
laborous process. It's quick. It's simple.

To clarify -- when I said "vote with your wallet" above, I am not
meaning to imply that I don't want you to use Windows XP. I do!
But I recognize your right as a consumer to vote for or
against products by how (or if!) you spend your money on them.
That being said -- Windows XP is BY FAR the best OS Microsoft has
made (by just about any metric you can measure an OS by). I use it
every single day, and it rocks! We've endevoured to make the
registration process as simple and non-instrusive as possible. It
would be a shame (in my opinion) to miss out on all the great
features of this OS because you don't like the idea of
registration. However, that is, and will always be, your choice as
the consumer.

Sorry for the long winded response. But I thought the comments
were warranted.

-Rick

P.S. I guess it's time to say that these are my opinions and do not
always necessarily reflect the opinions of my employer.

P.P.S. If people want to keep talking about this, perhaps we
should start a new thread on software piracy issues in general.

PatiO wrote:

Painless, or pain in the rear? I guess it's in the eye of the
beholder.

I guess I have to agree with some of these posters, Rick. I think
us PC users and web site purchasers are getting spoiled by the
sites that do it right (In our minds.) If we go on a site to
purchase something and the site turns out to be even a little bit
difficult to get around in, we go somewhere else to spend our
money. If an eStore asks us for our card number too soon in the
transaction, we balk and exit. If they charge our card before
shipping, forget it! We post hate mail about them all over the
net. And MicroSoft should (and I am sure they do) pay attention
and not start making things MORE difficult all of a sudden. Not
when we sense the trend is in the opposite direction, toward making
things easier for us. Asking for all this registering; etc. is
just going against the tide. (Boy, I do go on about this, don't
I?) PatiO.

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