Re: [unrev-II] "He who controls the bootloader"

From: Henry K van Eyken (
Date: Sun Sep 09 2001 - 09:39:41 PDT

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    Jack Park wrote:

    > At 09:16 PM 9/8/2001 +0100, you wrote:
    > > >From personal experience of getting caught out by buying a machine that
    > >turned out to have an unadvertised WinModem things are even uglier than
    > >that.
    > >
    > >Peter
    > But wait! There's more...
    > I bought a Sony PCG-XG38 VIAO laptop. I should have been suspicious when I
    > noticed the "Designed for Microsoft(r) Windows(TM) Me. I didn't.
    > I later installed Windows 2000 on it. Guess what. Much of what used to be
    > in firmware -- function keys and so forth -- are now locked up in DLLs such
    > that Windows 2000 would not allow me to, for example, switch to an external
    > monitor, and so forth, including battery management. In short, I could not
    > use the laptop for what it was intended to be: a mobile platform. And,
    > Sony doesn't (or at least didn't have at the time) have a "fix" for this
    > oversight. In short, Sony is actually selling a product that violates one
    > of the unwritten "advantages" of Wintel products: upward mobility. As it
    > is, I'm stuck with a laptop that crashes often. Eventually, I'll hose MS
    > and install Linux on it.
    > Part of me is inclined not to send this because it's only marginally
    > related to the Unfinished Revolution. But, I can cast these reflections of
    > "the uglies" into Unrev by way of this thought: What will a Wintel OHS
    > look like?
    > Jack
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