Friday, April 06, 2007

Trialware

I don't think PC vendors understand how much of a turn-off their preinstallation of trialware is to people.

Last time I set up a new PC (for my in-laws), I believe I spent 2 to three hours just uninstalling junk software, and applying MS patches. This involved many, many restarts. It was a ridiculous experience--and one of many moments in which I vowed that my next computer was going to be a Mac.

Smart PC vendors should add a configuration option to allow the customer to opt out of this preinstalled junk. I'd pay another $30 to get a clean PC.

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