Aardvark Daily aardvark (ard'-vark) a controversial animal with a long probing nose used for sniffing out the facts and stimulating thought and discussion.

NZ's leading source of Net-Industry news and commentary since 1995
Australasia's "New Economy" News And Commentary Site
Headlines | XML feed | Contact | New Sites | Press Bin | Job Centre | News Search | For Sale
Bush Cuts Bin Laden's Pocket Money
7amNews.com's concise coverage of the Terrorist attacks and the USA's inevitable response continues. It takes money to run a terrorist network so Bush plans to seize Bin Laden's assets and cut off his income. Get the latest reports.

For all the latest headlines and links on the terrorist attacks and US retaliation, check out the new World At War page.

Note: This column represents the opinions of the writer and as such, is not represented as fact
The Great Microsoft Plan 25 September 2001 Edition
Previous Edition

Million $ Ideas
At last, the contents of Aardvark's "million-dollar ideas" notebook are revealed for all to see!
Click To See
Does anyone remember the good old days when buying a piece of Microsoft software meant that you could use that software on a single PC without the need to fill out a lame registration form and without regard to the exact configuration of that PC?

Ah... memories...

You could see what you were getting for the money you plonked down on a copy of Office 97 or Windows 98 -- there were no catches or strings. And that's the way buying software ought to be.

We trusted Microsoft to provide us with the best software they could produce and they trusted us to use it fairly.

Need Cutting-Edge Copy?
As NZ's longest-running online commentator, I'm looking for extra syndication opportunities for this daily publication -- or I'm happy to write casual or regular material specifically to order for print or Net-based publications. If you're interested, drop me a line

Well it seems that this relationship of trust has been well and truly broken.

Was it those who freely pirated copies of Microsoft's software who are to blame?

Or was it Microsoft's awareness that the market is maturing and that people will no longer continue to spend good money on buggy and insecure software?

Whatever the cause, we're now all branded as pirates whenever we buy a copy of Microsoft Office or the upcoming Windows XP.

There can be no other reason why Microsoft would make us register our hardware configuration against each and every copy of the software we purchase.

Well Microsoft claim that it's an anti-piracy measure -- but I'm not so sure.

Readers Say
(updated hourly)
  • Covering your butt?... - Martin
  • Micro$oft... - Michael
  • Microsoft Software... - Alan
  • Should we be surprised?... - Dominic
  • Microsoft XP... - Gregor
  • Have Your Say

    It strikes me that the reason for this new anti-trust (in more ways than one) forced registration system may lie more in the fact that Microsoft realises it's reaching the end of its gravy train.

    When Windows 3 was launched it was a runaway success and sold like hotcakes.

    After a while, people got really pissed off with its propensity to crash and trash your data on a pretty regular basis -- so when Windows 95 promised a new level of performance and reliability we all ran out and plonked down our cash in a flash.

    Then came Windows 98 and, just like before, we were lured by the prospect of fewer crashes and better stability so we forked over more cash.

    By the time Windows ME came around, the market had grown rather wary of Microsoft's claims and, as far as I can establish, people no longer ran out like sheep to swap their old lamps for new.

    And now we have Windows XP which, according to reports, is a great step forward in reliability.

    Odds are that Microsoft knows this is the last chance they're going to get to milk the cash-cow of the upgrade ladder. After all, if XP is as good as they claim, why would anyone need to upgrade again for a very long time?

    If it's more performance they're after then increasing hardware speeds will take care of that. More reliability -- hey, XP is already rock-solid right?

    Faced with such a dilemma it's only natural that Microsoft has had its gurus huddled over the midnight pizza working out ways to generate new revenues.

    Hey, here's one!

    Wait a year or so until people have upgraded to XP en-masse and then start charging a hefty fee each time they need to obtain a new unlock number because they've made more than a minor change to their hardware.

    Now, whenever they upgrade their PC hardware, Microsoft will be able to rake in a whole lot more cash.

    This is even better than the software upgrade game because they don't actually have to pay expensive programmers to write new code -- they just have an automated online system and a bunch of helpdesk people standing by to take your cash.

    If you don't believe me -- bookmark today's column and re-read it on the day that this little move is announced.

    Tell Me What You Want
    It's the time of year when I have to ask Aardvark readers to send me their ideas and suggestions on ways in which I can improve the content or presentation of that content on this website.

    Here's your chance to tell me what I'm doing wrong and what I should be doing to make this site better.

    Come on now, don't be shy -- let me have it -- both barrels.

    One thing I've learnt over the years is that, as the industry, the market, the technology and people's expectations change, you've got to be prepared to adapt or die.

    Just drop me a line with your comments and suggestions.

    Save The Aardvark Fund
    Yes, I have had several donations to the Aardvark fund and I thank those who put their money where their mouse is :-)

    If guilt is gnawing away inside you then there's still time to donate.

    Just drop by and hand over your loot.

    Free News Syndicated From 7amNews.com
    Add it to your own site


    Add Aardvark To Your Own Website!
    Got a moment? Want a little extra fresh content for your own website or page?

    Just add a couple of lines of JavaScript to your pages and you can get a free summary of Aardvark's daily commentary -- automatically updated each and every week-day.

    Aardvark also makes a summary of this daily column available via XML using the RSS format. More details can be found here.

    Contact me if you decide to use either of these feeds and have any problems.

    Did you tell someone else about Aardvark today? If not then do it now!

    There is/are 0 Vacancies Last added 2 July In The Job Centre

    There are 14 Domain Names for sale

    Security Alerts
    Microsoft tightens software security (CNet - 16/08/2001t)

    Code Red Worm A 'Runaway Success' (7amNews - 20/07/2001)

    Solaris bug gives hackers free rein (ZDNet - 22/06/2001)

    Microsoft Admits Another 'Serious Vunerability' In IIS 7amNews - 19/06/2001)

    Virus Alerts
    Tripple-threat Worm Strikes (Aardvark - 19/09/2001)

    New worm spreading slowly (CNet - 4/09/2001)

    Trojan horse breaks Windows PCs (ZDNet - 24/08/2001)

    Bookmark This Page Now!


    NZL Sites
    NZ Netguide
    NZ Herald Tech
    PC World NZ
    NZOOM Technology

    AUS Sites
    Fairfax IT
    Australian IT
    AFR Tech
    AUS Netguide
    NineMSN Tech
    APC Magazine

    USA Sites
    CNNfn Tech
    Yahoo Tech
    ZDNet Tech
    USA Today Tech
    7am.com SciTech

    UK Sites
    The Register
    BBC SciTech


    The Day's Top News
    Open in New Window = open in new window
    New Zealand

    Open in New Window Ihug sheds Video Ezy
    Ihug has sold its share of the Video Ezy chain back to its original owners after only buying into the company in April last year...

    Open in New Window EDS finds cause of power fault
    EDS has completed a "root cause analysis" of the fault which interrupted banks' overnight settlement processing earlier this month...


    Open in New Window This Hack's Sites Set on AIM
    AOL's popular instant messaging service evidently has a hole that is being exploited by hackers. Users' accounts can be hijacked, but AOL officials are hesitant to discuss the issue...

    Open in New Window Pirated XP selling like 'hot cakes' in Malaysia
    Fake copies of Windows XP are selling like hot cakes here in the Malaysian capital. And as if in tandem with the economic crisis, vendors have been...

    Open in New Window Virus Outbreaks: Are They Microsoft's Fault?
    Microsoft often gets the blame when viruses spread throughout the Internet, and the world, using the Redmond, Washington company's software and server products. But does Microsoft -- with its Internet Information Server (IIS), e-mail and browser software -- truly deserve the blame for these outbreaks?...

    Open in New Window MS calls on Net telephony over IM
    DeltaThree said Monday that it is in the final stages of negotiating a deal for software leader Microsoft to deliver Internet telephone services to consumers via Microsoft Messenger...

    Open in New Window Calls for Microsoft investigation
    A trade body representing some of Britain's largest companies has asked the UK government to investigate Microsoft's new software pricing policy, which could double costs over the next four years...


    Open in New Window Copyright down under? Yeah, right
    Almost nine out of ten Australians would not purchase a PC equipped with a government-mandated copyright protection device, a survey has found...

    Open in New Window GoConnect pulls the plug on free service
    Australia’s last remaining free Internet Service Provider GoConnect has hit the skids and its free service to members will be defunct in less than two weeks’ time...


    Open in New Window PC makers push XP out of the starting gate
    The industry will soon find out whether the new operating system will encourage wary consumers to spend their money on new systems...

    Open in New Window Oops! Symantec forgets to renew Norton.com domain
    A critic of antivirus software has stumped up the $35 renewal fee for Symantec's Norton.com domain, after the company forgot to pay...
    The Register

    Open in New Window Internet will become 'unusable' by 2008
    The Internet "could become unusable as a means of communication" if something is not done about email viruses, security firm MessageLabs warns...
    The Register

    Open in New Window World Turns to U.S. Military, Government Web Sites
    Round-the-clock saturation coverage of the September 11th terrorist attacks in the U.S. by Internet news sites apparently isn't enough for a shocked and information-starved world. Internet measurement firms report visits to U.S. military and government Web sites are skyrocketing...

    Open in New Window Napster Near Deal with Music Publishers-Sources
    Despite ongoing legal challenges, Napster, the song-swap company that is reinventing itself to provide a secure online music service, is close to a key licensing deal with several U.S. music publishers...

    Looking For More News or Information?

    Search WWW Search Aardvark
    Try the Aardvark News Search page or look here.co.nz

    Privacy Policy | Copyright © 2001, Bruce Simpson, free republication rights available on request

    jet engine page