The Caffeinated Penguin

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Letter to Apple computer

Posted By on January 28, 2008

Sent to their OS X feedback thing.

To whom it may concern,

I recently did a wipe and reload of my Mac Mini, installing OSX
10.5. I was presented with a "please enter your personal information"
page, which would not let me leave items blank, insisting that I fill
out some bogus data. Ironically, the text on the window stated that
registration was not necessary for my warranty to be valid - but no
option was given to skip sending the information to Apple. This is
unacceptable. There should be an option to enter valid information,
yet not send it to Apple.

After this, there were TWO questions asking me if I wanted to set up a
.Mac account. After I answered NO the first time, I should have not
been asked again.

I would hope that these issues would be addressed in the next version
of OS X, given the level of polish and design which I have come to
expect from Apple.

I was nice in the email, but this is completely friggin ridiculous. I think I'm going to have to check out what the state of making DVD's in Linux is. After all, I bought the Mac Mini about 3 years ago so that I could make DVD's, because Linux wasn't there yet. If Linux is now there, and Apple's “all your information is belong to us” policies are pissing me off, I might as well just figure out something else to do with the Mac Mini.. or give it over to Liz for whatever she feels like playing with it… I'm interested to see what Apple's response will be, though.


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