(Reuters) "BEIJING--Chinese Internet users have expressed fury at Microsoft's launch of an anti-piracy tool targeting Chinese computer users to ensure they buy genuine software.
The "Windows Genuine Advantage" program which turns the user's screen black if the installed software fails a validation test, is Microsoft's latest weapon in its war on piracy in China, where the vast majority of 200 million computer users are believed to be using counterfeit software, unwittingly or not.
"Why is Microsoft automatically connected with my computer? The computer is mine!", one angry blogger wrote on the popular Chinese web portal Sina.com. "Microsoft has no right to control my hardware without my agreement." --end quote
(full article at: ZDnet)
fluxlife sez: "GET A MAC!, and a free office suite at: OpenOffice.org"
(you could also try NeoOffice.org which is a fork of OpenOffice.org written for the mac aqua user interface, but i'm not sure how often they're able to release updates as they're a smaller team, and they've refused past offers from OpenOffice.org to work together. I think that NeoOffice.org is currently making better efforts to work with OpenOffice.org).
the windows genuine advantage
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aqua user interface