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Posted 09-17-2009 at 04:30 AM by rich_c

Work around any technical limitations in the software...

That's taken from the dreaded Windows EULA. What kind of drivel is that? Probably the kind that encourages people to think of computers as appliances that should (Dare I say it!) just work... Well, it doesn't work that way for ANY computer system! OK so you might buy a PC from the same store you got your TV or fridge but it is not an appliance like those other items! It is a very sophisticated tool! Tools require knowledge and skill to be used properly. They require maintenance! You might get away with using a tool without proper knowledge and without keeping it in good working condition for a while, but sooner or later it will break down or you will hurt yourself! (In computer terms, some cracker will get your bank details and empty your account!)

A good comparison I've seen a few times is to compare a computer to a car. They are both complex systems that take effort to keep running properly when compared to, say, a toaster. You require skill to use them safely and to achieve what you wanted with them. Also, you don't need much more than a bit of familiarisation to swap from one make that might leave a bit to be desired to another that has the reputation of being a lot safer and handles better... (I think you know what I mean by that without me spelling it out!)

So despite Microsoft's delusional EULA you have to be aware of and work around technical limitations in any software you are running. Think about that next time you spend a few minutes tweaking something to get it how you want it. Think about whether the software in question gives you permission to use it how you want/need to. Don't be afraid of learning how to make better use of your system. It's a tool you should be able to use as you see fit!
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