Think you know about software licencing?
I’m putting up a couple quick hits tonight.
Yes, I fix computers. I try to be better than the kid outta high school, but I’ll tell ya, schools today can pump out kids every bit as smart as when I graduated. And I’ve become a crotchety old fart, so you can trust me, right?
I do contract out my services. I work often with small businesses, individuals, and I particularly enjoy working with non-profits. I meet a lot of nice people, I try to break even, and I give the very best advice to avoid having repeat customers. I sincerely want people to have computers that do work for them.
I advise using free, simple anti-virus software. I highly advise anti-spyware. There are options that fit everyone’s needs, which are affordable, effective and easy. I work hard to ensure my clients are complient with software licences. Sometimes it creates MUCH more work for me to make a client complient, but I prefer to be able to safely say they are absolutely free and clear with their licencing complience.
SO… I spot a piece from Ed Bott. It’s a quiz from July. “How much do you know about Windows Licensing?“ I consider myself to be a professional, so I didn’t allow myself any wiggle-room. I got it right or wrong. No weenie-words allowed.
I got 9 of 18.
How are we possibly going to stay legit with the convoluted licencing schemes getting thrown out there?
I can’t wait until the day saner licencing comes along. I prefer Open Source or similar licences, but for now I’m happy they’re just out there to keep the ‘Other Guys’ ™ honest.