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When is a license not really a license?
When it's a Volume License Key (VLK) and it has been installed on one too many computers! Allow me to explain.
One of my esteemed colleagues has a close relationship with one of our local colleges. As a result when they wanted to get rid of 30 computers in one of the labs he was allowed to purchase them for next to nothing. However, because the computers cannot be resold with an Operating System (OS) we had to buy our own.
My desire was to buy 5 computers and give them to family and friends who were in need. Since the retail version of software is so expensive and these were going to be gifts I decided to look for some Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) software on EBAY. Completely unaware of the fact that all the OEM's are controlled under VLK somewhere.
Now you might ask yourself how I know all this. Well, I learned it this weekend at the school of hard knocks. Microsoft has a little program called Genuine Microsoft and it loads when you update after installing the Operating System. It detected that my CD Key was fine but was issued by an over used VLK license. In other words I got ripped off even though the disc has the hologram, the book and a Certificate of Authenticity came with it. I now have a case open with Microsoft who might give me original software for reporting the pirate auction.
The good news is that I made a complaint with PayPal and got my money back but I still don't have an OS to load on the computers for my friends and family.
For more information please see: http://www.ga.microsoft.com or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volume_license_key.
Let's be careful out there!
Timothy J. Kilkenny
Founder & CEO
SHOP & DO GOOD!
Now that everyone knows about eBay, the auction site is not the bargain hunter's paradise that it used to be. On eBay you always find what you're looking for, but so does everyone else - and that drives prices up.
The solution is to fish in a less crowded pool, and one of the largest charities in the world, Goodwill Industries, has a little-known auction site filled with treasures. Unlike on eBay, the people selling stuff on Shop Goodwill often don't know what they've got, so great deals abound. Check it out at http://www.ShopGoodwill.com.
Participating Goodwills from across the country offer for auction on the site a wide array of art, antiques and collectibles as well as new and nearly new items pulled from their vast inventories of donated goods. From unique one-of-a-kind items to estate pieces, the depth of resources is enormous. Revenues from these auction sales fund Goodwill's education, training and job placement programs for people with disabilities and other barriers.
Happy Surfing From Your Friends at FullNet!
How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?
Protect your kids as well as yourself! Get the best watch dog I've ever seen. If you're like most of us, parenting in the age of the Internet has you facing a new set of challenges. A company called Blue CoatŪ has provided one of the more impressive internet filtering / monitoring solutions out there ... and they offer it for free!
K9 Web Protection is an Internet filtering and control solution for the home. It puts YOU in control of the Internet so you can protect your kids and it can be easily downloaded at: http://www.k9webprotection.com.
Blue CoatŪ K9 Web Protection is a content filtering solution. They implement the same enterprise-class Web filtering technology used by Blue Coat's Fortune 500 customers around the world, wrapped in simple, friendly, and reliable software for your Windows 2000, Windows XP or Windows Vista computer.
For a free Internet filter, K9 Web Blocker does its job well, providing a broad collection of options for customizing your remote Web supervision needs.
To run the program, you must register on the Web site to get the free activation code. The control panel is accessible only through the Internet. Uninstalling (which I may never do) requires only removing the app from the Task Manager, then using it's password to delete it from the Windows Control Panel, and rebooting.
K9 comes with a handful or so of redesigned filters and an option to customize. With more than 50 categories for organizing Web sites, and the keyword-free proprietary K9 rating system, the Web monitoring and blocking aspects of the software function well. K9 also has categories for blocking sites that have been detected as potential malware threats. Equally impressive was the log that detailed not just blocked Web sites but also every Web site visited. I can keep my kids from going to the dark side of the Net and see where they have been.
This is a "must have" to keep kids and adults safe - protection from bad sites as well as sites that appear to be good but hold more than what they seem...and the price can't be beat!
FullNet Customer Service Manager