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Anyone else read this?

PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2006 12:37 pm
by shifty_ben
http://news.com.com/Microsoft+pitches+pay-as-you-go+PCs/2100-1003_3-6074589.html

When I first saw this I had horrible visions of a pay and go system similar to a mobile phone, i.e. you buy a PC and then pay MS and hourly/minutely charge to use it. Having read it a bit further I can't decide if its a good idea, the basic theory is sound but this is MS and I don't trust them as far as I can throw them (is it possible to throw an 800lb gorilla?). What happens for instance if you want to wipe XP and put Linux on instead? Or if the computer gets stolen?
I can just see a clause in the terms and conditions stating that Microsoft may change the terms and conditions of this contract at any time without notice.
The fee MS charge may well be extortionate as well I fear, at least in terms of the overall cost versus buying the PC outright.
It appears to be aimed at less developed nations, so assuming the person buying it doesn't have the internet how will the computer know they have been keeping up payments? A coin slot in the case maybe? ;)

RE: Anyone else read this?

PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2006 2:04 pm
by alloydog
lol!!!

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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2006 2:12 pm
by GMorgan
Sounds a bit of a rip off to me. Pay as you go always means paying more than you would to pay upfront. Anyway will any of them have the phone lines to be able to go through the Activate Windows Malarky.

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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2006 6:58 pm
by alloydog
Sounds like the old "hire purchase" schemes.

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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2006 8:11 pm
by towy71
Sounds more like snake oil to me, why pay for crap when you can have a Rolls Royce (Linux) for free?

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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2006 9:12 pm
by Steogede
GMorgan wrote:Sounds a bit of a rip off to me. Pay as you go always means paying more than you would to pay upfront. Anyway will any of them have the phone lines to be able to go through the Activate Windows Malarky.


Not only are they trying to rip people off, they are to rip off 'people in emerging markets'.

PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2006 4:51 pm
by Hello
Instead of doing that they could buy the pc for half the price as said in the article but instead of spending the other half on a windows licence just install Linux :P

Never tried the windows starter presume it has a lot of limitations

PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2006 5:06 pm
by alloydog
Hello wrote:Never tried the windows starter presume it has a lot of limitations

Yeah, it only has half the security holes, crashes but once a week, and has no 'Clippy' Office assistant - so naturally, one cannot enjoy the "Windows Experience" to the fullest - Upgrade today!

PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2006 5:10 pm
by Hello
alloydog wrote:
Hello wrote:Never tried the windows starter presume it has a lot of limitations

Yeah, it only has half the security holes, crashes but once a week, and has no 'Clippy' Office assistant - so naturally, one cannot enjoy the "Windows Experience" to the fullest - Upgrade today!


and its probably reasonably priced

PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2006 5:27 pm
by alloydog
Hello wrote:
alloydog wrote:
Hello wrote:Never tried the windows starter presume it has a lot of limitations

Yeah, it only has half the security holes, crashes but once a week, and has no 'Clippy' Office assistant - so naturally, one cannot enjoy the "Windows Experience" to the fullest - Upgrade today!


and its probably reasonably priced


which is what makes Linux so useless, when compared to Windows - hardly any holes, damned stable, no freaky 'toys' unless you want them and you can get it for free. I mean where's the fun in that?

PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2006 12:29 am
by shifty_ben
I do miss battling with Clippy to make him go away and stay away! I know there is an option to turn him off but he always seemed to 'forget' that I had set it.

PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2006 7:17 am
by jjmac
I think the motive is to create, or rather, encourage a future customer resource base ... as MS sometimes like to put it. Creating the familiarity. Unfortunately the first introduction can often dominates the later choices.


jm
Humpty Dumpty Was Pushed !

PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2006 4:12 pm
by GMorgan
shifty_ben wrote:I do miss battling with Clippy to make him go away and stay away! I know there is an option to turn him off but he always seemed to 'forget' that I had set it.


He could help that he had memory leaks. It was the way he was built.