let's make Bill Gates happy

November 11th, 2007

In the annals of computing we find his Open Letter to Hobbyists, which attempted to appeal to our morals so that we stop pirating software.

The problem, of course, is that software is just not worth paying for. If we didn't run pirated software, we just wouldn't use software. That's the reality of it, pure and simple.

If you're a seasoned Windows user, somewhere in your house you have a cd/dvd kit. Or a dedicated partition on your disk. And what you have there is a full suite of install programs for all the software you run. Windows is unstable and insecure, and since it's also impossible to backup fully, the only solution is to keep copies of all software in installers, so that you can restore your system when the need arises (and if you've used Windows for a few years, you've done this several times already, or you have "a geeky friend" that you call and he does it).

This is the reality of Windows, you need all these crappy little programs like WinZip (who the hell is gonna pay for that?), because otherwise your system is unusable. Windows by itself is unusable, the first thing you have to do is install all these little "helper" applications that help you get anything done.

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