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Cheap Software

By sidvail ·
Is discount OEM software legal? You know, the stuff from Russia and eastern europe?

We are getting ready to build about 30 new machines for our company and will need operating systems. My boss, wanting to save money, asked about buying the software from one of those places you get email spam from. Todays email was a company that claims legal OEM versions at a 1/10th of the price of retail.

Personally, I have bought a copy of Quicken through a discount house out of Czechoslovakia - and it worked out fine. It was a real disk with real CD Key. I registered it and have had no problems. I'm still unsure though of it's legallity.

And the place my boss is looking at doesn't even look that good. You have to download it and are provided a CD key through email.

I just feel like this is wrong for some reason. But not quite sure.

Any ideas or advice?

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Not me

by jdmercha In reply to Cheap Software

I wouldn't trust any unfamiliar software house that sent me spam. Especially one from another country. But if I were intent on saving money, I would verify that the company was reputable. But this verification may cost more than what I was saving.

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Me Neither

by AcesKaraoke In reply to Not me

I can understand possibly risking purchasing software from a less-than reputable vendor for home use...but in a business atmosphere...not a good idea.

At best the software is probably pirated at worst it could contain more than you bargained for...viruses, worms, spyware, adware, and whatever other malware you can imagine.

What will your boss do if he gets caught using pirated unlicensed software, or if he tries to get support or downloads only to be turned down. Then how much is he REALLY saving.

In business, pay the extra dollars for the real thing and you'll have options if you need updates or support.

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by Oz_Media In reply to Cheap Software

I think at best it sounds sketchy. buyig a download from WHERE? sounds like someoe is mass distributig software illegally.

as for your Quicken, it sounds a little mroe legit but I would want to explore laws or licence clauses of that specific product regarding foreig software used in America.

There is a guy in nanaimo who advertises all oer the Island for THOUSANDS of titles completely legal at abotu $25.00 copy. Personally, I have never needed to pay for softwae so it doesn't amuse me, btu I wonder how many eople are buying up WinXPPro for $25.00? And what the repersuccions would be, I am nearly positive this guy doesn't have some loophole ad is just pirating software.

For a company, tell the stingy bugger to dig deeo ad do it right, then yuo will eer have to worry, you can then run the business knowing without a doubt that you are morally and ethically correct.

home PC's that's one thing, I have used more than my fair share of pirated software for personal use, usually just to learn it properly on my own time. For a business, stay above board, if there's grey areas, walk into the light instead.

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by sidvail In reply to Sketchy

Thanks Oz. I feel the same about this. Just a bit too unsure to trust it.

Think I'll tell the boss to buy the real stuff. :)

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by Oz_Media In reply to Thanks

I forgot to edit that last post, I am surprised you can read it at all! I am not a typist and have terrible (keyboard) fingering technique, that coupled with an IBM keyboard that is like a manual typewriter and all **** breaks loose.

Tell the boss to spend the money, it's a write-off anyway, what's the problem?

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IBM keyboard?

by jardinier In reply to LOL

Sorry to diverge from the topic, but I use an original IBM keyboard (probably 12 - 14 years old) specifically because I can type more accurately on it than any of the newer, soft-touch keyboards.

In my "trade" of selling refurbished computers, hundreds of keyboards pass through my hands. The IBM leaves them all for dead, and is certainly vastly superior to the keyboards that have come with recent computers that I have purchased new, which have a feel like marshmallow and you can't really tell by feel whether or not you have actually made the electrical contact.

With the IBM I make far fewer typing errors than on any other keyboard I have used.

And while we are on the subject, let's think back to the IBM Golfball electric typewriter: it could accommodate the fastest typist, but it was virtually impossible to make a typo on it.

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I've got an "ancient" Dell keyboard like that

by TomSal In reply to IBM keyboard?

..its from years back when NT 3.51 was still all the rage in the Windows networking world. The thing is as big and heavy as a tank but I like how it types. It makes a rather loud "click" sound when you type on a key, much more distinct than the "cheaper" sound of the new keyboards you can buy for $20 these days.

For playing games though, especially FPS games (ala Half-Life 2) I prefer the "soft touch" keyboards of new however.

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good keyboard engineering

by apotheon In reply to I've got an "ancient" Del ...

I love those old spring-switch keyboards. They rawk my socks, seriously. I have three or four of them sitting around here, unfortunately unused.

That's right, unused. Though I know for a fact that the old, heavy, solidly built spring-switch keyboards are far better engineering and far more conducive to accurate typing, and just generally mo' better to use (in addition to being able to double as an effective blunt instrument in an emergency), I don't use them in my day to day computing.

I use a newfangled membrane switch keyboard. It doesn't go "clack clack" like a keyboard should, it's more susceptible to falling apart over time, it doesn't have the same satisfying sounds and feel associated with it, and so on.

The keyboard I use, however (a Microsoft Natural Elite), is ergonomic in design. I know that I would have a horrible case of carpal tunnel syndrome by now if I was using a non-ergonomic keyboard for the last couple of years. I think I'm barely keeping that at bay as it is.

What I really need is an ergonomically designed spring-switch keyboard. I don't mean one of those IBM "ergonomic" keyboards where they changed the layout of the keys, omitted the keypad on the right, and just stuck a hinge in the middle of the keyboard, though. I'm talking about something like the Microsoft Natural in layout and design, but a spring-switch keyboard in engineering under the hood. I'd pay a premium for such a thing.

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IBM Keyboard

by jrcrutcher In reply to IBM keyboard?

I am still partial to the old Sys38 - AS/400 dumb terminal keyboards. You know the ones with the enter key where the right control key is on the a pc keyboard. Man those thinngs were solid. You had no doubt about if a key was struck or not and they were all but indestructable. it took me a long time to get used to a pc keyboard. In fat I still sometimes catch my self hitting the control key with my little finger thinking that I am hitting enter.

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Hi Julian

by Oz_Media In reply to IBM keyboard?

YEah I know you like your IM keyboard, I remember how happy you were when you got it.

Myself, I was never a typist (you've had many years on manual and electric typewriters in your career I'm sure).

My problem is I use my laptop, which is Ian BM but the keyboard is SOOOOOO nice. When I get to my other workstation keyboard, I don't depress keys properly, miss spaces and orphan a lot of letters.

I suppose it's just what I am used to.

I was talking to a banker the other day and he uses an IBM and loves it too, yet he also has always had IBM keyboards and doesn't use a notebook.

TO each his own mate, I agree that the keystrokes or an IBM keyboard are much more solid and for someone used to that it would be impeccable.

For a novice such as myself, my notebook is my baby. :)

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