RE: Back to the Dark Ages.

Subject: RE: Back to the Dark Ages.
From: "Sean Brierley" <sbri -at- haestad -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2002 15:22:11 -0400

Well, you gotta buy the software or uninstall it. If computers are
unproductive luxuries, I can understand why they are going away. If
computers are truly needed, I think pretty quickly the costs of going
without will justify the cost of buying the hardware and software.

I'd look at this as an entertaining opportunity to do something
different . . . assuming your company will still buy you your own
pencil, and not expect you to share your neighbors.

As for me being in that situation? No. My current and most previous
employers gave me the tools I told them I needed. There was one
exception, but that was years' ago. I assume they have straightened out
the software theft thing by now.

Cheers and grins,


Sean Brierley
Software Documentation Specialist
Haestad Methods
203-805-0572 (voice)
203-597-1488 (fax)

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Emson [mailto:mt -dot- emson -at- ntlworld -dot- com]
A few weeks ago there were several posts regarding software EULAs and
'some' people are tempted to bend the rules. Well it seems that for my
employers the bullet may be just a little too big to bite.

A big shake up in the IT dept and a survey of our licenses has revealed
easily software migrates from machine to machine. Hmm....X number of
machines and Y number of licences.

"OK say IT if we haven't got a licence the software gets removed."
"Whaaagh! we say. How can we work if we haven't got the tools?"
"OK say IT, we'll go and get more licences.......BLOODY HELL!... How
much!... They can do without."

"Right then, say IT. Here's the deal. We're going to remove most of your
PCs. Here, have this pencil and paper. Write out your drafts and pass
onto the typists who'll put them into print. If you really can't work
without a PC we'll be leaving one machine in each office that will be
with every bit of software we own. You can book yourself a time slot and
your work then."

This is not a joke. My company is seriously thinking of taking this step
because of the asrtanomical cost of kitting out each PC with all the
software we need to do the job. The question is, does anyone else
have to work like this?

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