Seems Microsoft bullying is hitting home for one semi-local company. Around the corner from where I used to work at Ultralife Batteries in Wayne County, what’s left of “Yukon Marketing Group” is getting their pants sued off by Microsoft for distributing counterfiet certificates of authenticity – essentially a little Big-Brother-style tag that has to be on Microsoft-powered computers to prove you’ve purchased an authentic copy of Windows (or whatever else software) from Microsoft.
I guess this scheme isn’t exactly new – “Let’s create some money by forging something that’s worth some coin to someone else, then sell it to them!” I’m certainly not a fan of the fraud that these (evidently-not-so-bright) geeks committed. From where I’m sitting, they had a couple alternatives, though. They didn’t have to pull an Ocean’s Eleven and steal from the baddest mofo on the block.
Based on the Google cache of their site (which is now defunct and owned by a websquatter), evidently they were also in the used computer recycling business. I guess Computer Renaissance has proven that’s a pretty lucrative business to be in, if you can cut the mustard. What better stage from which to advocate for Linux? And make a buck at the same time?!
“Hi maam, welcome to Yukon Marketing…what can I get you?” “Well, I’d like to buy a used computer.”
“Well, you’re in luck – we just took this nice [Dell/HP/Compaq/whatever] box in on trade, and ran it through our 27 point inspection.”
“How much does it cost?”
“Well, with the lightweight and full-featured Linux operating system, the whole kit-n-kaboodle will cost you $299… Or, we can load Windows XP for you for a total price of $379.”
That wouldn’t be so hard now, would it? But I guess there’s always the alterative of being dragged into court…