Pirate adventures

On the Usenet newsgroups someone has compiled a CD of Windows 2000 Pro, Server and Advanced Server, comprised of all the versions that Microsoft Select licensees receive -- all with service pack 3 included.

I finally broke out of my lazy vacation daze and went snorkelling with Amber toward the end of our trip. She loved it when the captain of our ship told us about how outlaws used to roam these waters, robbing other ships by night.

Can Microsoft stop the plunder?

Speaking of pirates, on the Usenet newsgroups someone has compiled a CD of Windows 2000 Pro, Server and Advanced Server, comprised of all the versions that Microsoft Select licensees receive -- all with service pack 3 included. Dubbed "Windows 2000 3-in-1 CD", the hacked CD also includes a boot menu (for whichever version of W2K you want to install), Internet Explorer 6, NTFS DOS (so you can read NTFS partitions from DOS), Ghost, DriveImage 6 and the Windows 2000 resource kit, a spy says. The spy adds that no serial numbers are required. My spy says this proves Microsoft's anti-piracy efforts can't stop the technically savvy.

Ready, set, CorelDraw

One spy reports that Amazon may be offering a bogus rebate for CorelDraw, and that the problem stems from an apparent breakdown between Amazon.com and supplier Ingram, at least when it comes to CorelDraw. After advertising that CorelDraw would be available on August 1, then declaring it "discontinued", then finally saying it would start selling the software on August 16, it seems that Amazon actually shipped a few copies of CorelDraw -- albeit slowly. The site says, in fact, that the product ships in one to two weeks. My spy checked with contacts at Corel only to discover that Ingram was adequately stocked with CorelDraw, which means the product is not getting from Ingram to Amazon. Making matters worse, Amazon offered a $US50 rebate that expired when August drew to a close so, my spy says, customers are up in arms because they won't get the rebate that made Amazon's offer appealing. When my spy contacted Amazon about this, the Amazon rep said, "Our internal business is exactly that." Oh, really?

Viral infection

A Norton rep told a spy that the company had a virus that cannot be quarantined or fixed. Said virus affects the entire Netscape email inbox, rather than just a single message. After downloading and running his Symantec virus scanner, nothing was found. Unfortunately, my spy has to delete an email profile every time the virus is detected, which results in the loss of all messages.

"Bobby, I didn't know we were flying first class on the way home," Amber grinned. "I think this trip turned out alright after all." Well, how about that?

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