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Monday, November 27, 2006

Micro$oft Money 2007

"Pissing off your customer before the software is even installed."

A play in 3 parts with one nano-spam bot.

Act 1
We'd like to keep you informed via email about product updates, upgrades, special offers and pricing. We will not pass your details onto third parties. If you do not wish to be contacted via email, please ensure that the box is not checked.

Nice one M$oft. Nice one. This is how you win my trust. Don't even pretend you're illiterate and that that wasn't intentionally confusing. How about "If you wish to be contacted, check the box."

Act 2
Some $6 extended download protection crapola that has absolutely no description of what it does. What, am I just supposed to quiver in fear of what might happen if I don't buy it? Assoles.

Act 3
oo more fun.
Hidden at the bottom of the rebate in the smallest text you've ever seen is a little 'please check here not to be spammed' box. I guess they decided the double negative wasn't necessary since it was in 6 point font. Really, it's almost worth purchasing the software so you can download this pdf and see how absurdly small it is. It would almost be cute if it weren't so evil. Kind of like a nano-spam bot.

and now that we've installed... Act 4
Microsoft Money 2007 is a steaming pile of $hit. I've just frozen it three times in as many minutes. Seems that "Is this your regularly scheduled transaction?" actually means "Go into endless loop?"