[time-nuts] M$-Vi$ta-compliant PC RTC clock card?

Rob Kimberley rk at timing-consultants.com
Thu Sep 20 11:17:47 EDT 2007

I looked at Vista some time ago, and decided that for all the hype, it
didn't give me any more than I really needed with my existing XP. 

Now glad I didn't change!

Rob K

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To: Discussion of precise time and frequency measurement
Subject: Re: [time-nuts] M$-Vi$ta-compliant PC RTC clock card?

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On 9/19/07, James Maynard <james.h.maynard at usa.net> wrote:

> (I know that some on this list will say, "You nitwit, you should be 
> another OS than M$ Vista." Such replies will not be helpful to me.)

Sadly, if you wish to have direct control of what your computer does, you
can't run Vista.

Especially if you want to control things that are important to media copy
protection schemes (euphemistically referred to as "digital rights
management"); the ability for a company to rent you content that can be
disabled on remote command or after the expiration of a time interval. This
content can include software...of keen interest to a company like MSFT that
has Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) as their planned future business model.

Obviously if you have direct control of your computer's real time clock, you
can hack any timed expiration scheme. This is one reason MSFT is so antsy
about virtualization, too.

"To risk sloganeering, I say you need to hold the keys to your own
computer." --Whitfield Diffie

"You are essentially renting out part of your PC to people you may not
trust." -- Ron Rivest

Margaret Stephanie Leber CCP, SCJP, SCWCD  http://voicenet.com/~maggie  AOPA
925383 - Amateur Radio Station K3XS - ARRL 39280 - AMSAT 32844 "The art of
progress is to preserve order amid change  and to preserve change amid

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