December 8, 2008 at 2:22 am #28388
Now I'm really confused – huge gentle laugh!For I suspect the original "I won't help" surely didn't mean you aren't a wonderfully helpful person, Bear ... rather it could mean that the line between 'legal/illegal' in downloading things from UTube is a 'fine' one?December 8, 2008 at 5:02 am #30465MitzKeymaster
I think it has something to do with Microsoft. See this article http://mymce.wordpress.com/2008/08/20/windows-messenger-error-in-windows-media-center/December 8, 2008 at 9:23 pm #30466
Thanks ever so much, Mitz!December 9, 2008 at 2:21 am #30467BearParticipant
First Mitz's link will solve that particular issue, but lets look at the real issue at hand.Yes there is a fine line between what is legal and what is not, but not with just youtube or any other site that you can post music or videos at but computing and internet use in general.First let's look at the computer and what you ownOther than the case and hardware and any disk's you may have you don't own anything, all the software that is installed on your computer and on the disk is the property of who ever developed the software.I know your sitting there saying huh what now, just read your EULA.MICROSOFT WINDOWS XP HOME EDITION (RETAIL) END-USER LICENSE AGREEMENT FOR MICROSOFT SOFTWAREPay particular attention to 3. RESERVATION OF RIGHTS AND OWNERSHIP. Microsoft reserves all rights not expressly granted to you in this EULA. The Software is protected by copyright and other intellectual property laws and treaties. Microsoft or its suppliers own the title, copyright, and other intellectual property rights in the Software. The Software is licensed, not sold.This simply means that Microsoft and all other devlopers own the software you ahve installed and are willing to let you use it because you have by virtue of paying for the disk you been granted a license to use the software.If you go back and read each EULA for what you have installed you will find that they all pretty much say the same thing.What is installed with your Windows ( any version ) cdFirst I am not a Microsoft fan for several reasons 1. To many problems, there has not been one single Microsoft product that has not been plagued with issues right out of the box. All one needs to do is Google.2. Bundled software, If buy a pre-built computer or build your own and install any version of Microsoft operating system you are forced to install all kinds of software you will either never use or as in a lot of cases have no idea what they do or how to use them. If by chance you do use something it is generally a limited version by either time or what the software can do and if you want to continue or want a full version you are either forced to remove, buy or put up with nag ware.3. With pre built machines you also fall into this same trap, there are so many software manufactures that have an agreement with the various computer manufactures to have their products included with the system that once again you are forced to use many products that you may have no interest in.Those items you have listed are different media players makers editors, and second party applications for use with ipods and other media and storage devices.the Vaio Media is software that allows you to share among your home network, this also works with computers that do not have vaio installed as long as you install the Vaio installer on the other machines, though I think it will only work with Windows XP Professional or Windows XP Home Edition. In my opinion everything you have there is overated and highly bloated and not really needed. There are many other products both free and paid that will do a much better job than anything that comces pre-installed with Windows.My favorite for general media use is Winamp, winamp will play all known formats providing you have the proper codec installed. You can also burn with Winamp even the free version, though you are limited to the bit rate with the free version.My favorite burning software is Ashampoo, I have used them all and Ashampoo by far is the easiest to use and more robust than anything else I have ever used.My favorite text software is Open OfficeIf your not sure what something you have is Google it, you may also want to try Googling for better applications, the ones I mentioned are strictly media applications.Oh by the way there are a bunch of windows components you don't reall need as well, I am running an XP machine with out Calculator, Character map, Clipboard Viwer, Document templates,mouse pointers, paint, any Microsoft games.In fact the only items I have checked under Windows compontes are networking services, because i do use them from time to time and update root certificates and windows messenger the rest are unchecked and not installed.One note windows update only works with IE and even if you have IE unchecked and not installed the update page will still work because the files needed to make it work are system protected files and can not be changed, well they can but should not be by anyone but an expert.BearDecember 9, 2008 at 2:54 am #30468
Wow, what a lot to take in!I find it very interesting that we don't actually 'own' so much of what makes our computer 'our computer' - gracious!December 9, 2008 at 3:05 am #30469DSTMParticipant
I had Ashampoo,and they bugged me non-stop, to buy the paid version.Couldn't get rid of it quick enough.That's my experience.December 9, 2008 at 3:26 am #30470
I've had experiences like that with some program, too, DSTM.
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