Monday Morning Mailbag
Yesterday's Help File -- in which I outlined how to get your songs from your iPod to your computer and explained how to turn off pop-up previews of Web links offered by some pages--provoked an unusual reaction: none.
No e-mails, no phone calls.
Three possible explanations come to mind:
1) I wrote something so clear and comprehensive that nobody needed to ask for further help. (I don't think this has happened yet in the two and a half years that I've been writing Help File.)
2) I wrote something so overwhelmingly boring that nobody was able to maintain consciousness long enough to finish the thing. (Can't rule this one out, unfortunately.)
3) The Internet's broken and e-mail isn't getting delivered anymore. (Not true, as the part of the Internet that sends me spam seems to be its usual efficient self.)
Or it could just be that you all have worn out your typing fingers in replying to some of the earlier blog posts here. The item on Windows Vista's defenses against pirated copies has drawn the most comments of them all, 36 so far. Some aren't exactly surprising, such as all the "Windows stinks, get a Mac/Linux" responses. But only one person offered any evidence of Vista incorrectly labeling an installed copy as illegitimate (and that was a secondhand story.)
I was most interested to see the number of comments stating, in so many words, that Microsoft had every right to protect itself from theft. After reading them, I think I left out a worthwhile question in my own posting: If you give a company the right to do something about the theft of its products--as you should--how far should it go?
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