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Comment Confirmed, and why this is important (Score 4, Informative) 196

WindowsSecrets.com's latest newsletter also has this information. "The secret is that the setup program in Vista's upgrade version will accept an installed copy of XP, W2K, or an unactivated copy of Vista itself as evidence of a previous installation." (Emphasis theirs!) They also address the ethics issues.

Why is this important? Because a clean Vista install is strongly preferred to an in-place upgrade install (munging your existing XP installation so it's now a Vista installation); but Microsoft does not allow this: "you cannot use an upgrade key to perform a clean installation of Windows Vista". This same Microsoft Knowledge Base article then provides a workaround, the same thing discussed by DailyTech and WindowsSecrets: "Start the installation from a compliant version of Windows, such as Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP, or Microsoft Windows 2000. After you have started the installation, you can select Custom at the installation choice screen to perform a clean installation."

I'm glad for this particular huge security hole, but it makes me wonder how many more they are.
The Almighty Buck

Journal Journal: What the heck is going on with BN.com?

The order I made on December 12 will probably arrive at its destination (my nephews' house) in time for Christmas.

The order I made on December 13 will not arrive until December 24 at the earliest. (Which is a problem, because it's being shipped to my office, which is closed on Christmas Eve.)

"Difficulties at the warehouse," they say. "Cancel my order and I'll take my chances at the brick-and-mortar store," I reply.

Geez.

Politics

Journal Journal: What not to say 3

Do not go to someone with a master's degree and twenty years of industry experience, and say, "Gosh, I'm sorry you lost your job, but we've got a heck of a good retraining program at the local community college."

Space

Journal Journal: "Spaceship Dimensions"

I was moderating the latest front page poll, and found this (moderated as informative) entry. Follow the link, and you'll get to a site that has all sorts of real and imaginary objects, each page set to some scale for comparison purposes: 747, B5, DS9, and some of the space stations designed by Gerard O'Neill and those who worked with him. Cool stuff all around. Thanks, GQuon!

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