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Good one Micro$oft

My new computer at home is almost fully set up, with just a few things left to transfer over from the old machine. Once that's done, I've got a spare machine.

So, I thought I'd give Windows Home Server a go on it. We have access to most Microshaft software at work (since we're a Microsoft Partner) but we don't have Home Server since it's a home server, and we're a business.

A quick search of the net shows that I can grab a free evaluation copy from Microslot. Well, sort of. The software is free, but it will cost me $22 (including GST) for postage and handling. WTF? Also, you can't buy a retail copy of it. It's only available if bought with hardware. Officially it's only available to System Builders (ie only available if included with a complete computer) but a lot of retailers are selling with a single piece of hardware (including a single cheap ass mouse).

Still, it's a bit much if you ask me.

I'd still like to give it a try, but there is no way I want to pay Microstupid $22 for a "free" evaluation copy of software. Does anyone have a copy of the evaluation version of Windows Home Server?

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ozisim
Dec. 12th, 2007 10:16 am (UTC)
I think that it's ridiculous in these days of DSL+ that MS insists on charging inflated fees for hard copies of software...
Have you tried Big Pond's Portal? I've had some luck there before getting downloadable packages for cheap.
paradigmshifty
Dec. 19th, 2007 06:14 am (UTC)
Bittorrent is your friend...
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