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Re: [opensuse] device.map - Darryl/Carl/Boyd
  • From: S Glasoe <srglasoe@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 6 Feb 2007 12:47:07 -0600
  • Message-id: <200702061247.07564.srglasoe@xxxxxxxxxxx>
On Tuesday 06 February 2007 09:44:34 am James Knott wrote:
> Carl William Spitzer IV wrote:
> > Norton System Works '06 edition was roundly criticized for this since
> > it also affected American tax software which also demanded changes to
> > the MBR.
> >
> > Lets hope '07 corrects this. Dumb idea to use the boot sector for
> > anything but booting systems.
>
> Why would a tax program have to change the MBR???

Because Intuit, in their infinite wisdom, figured they'd use it as a way to
track appropriate use of their software. IIRC it was analogous to XP's
activation scheme. Problem was they didn't do it right and it caused all
kinds of headaches.

The MBR has unused space in it for anyone's use. Most hardware and software
companies avoid it because they don't want the support headaches that would
come with using it. As Maxwell Smart would say " Ah-ha! The old
never-ending-fingerpointing-routine!"

Stan
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