Occassioinally I will be asked why am I a Mac user. The main reason of course is I want a computer that just plain works when I am home. My day job is spent fixing (or doing a nasty workaround) for the latest bug in Microsoft Windows. The last thing I ever want to do is tackle a Windows computer at home that is acting up. Yes, I could easily fix it. I just don’t want to deal with it.
Well, another reason I don’t use Windows anymore at home is worrying about activation issues. For those of you who don’t know, Microsoft has this “feature” called Windows Genuine Advantage. In a nutshell, occasionally your computer will give Microsoft a ring so Microsoft can tell Windows “yes, you are a legit copy” (it is more complex then that, but that is the gist). If it isn’t legit, Microsoft can turn off some Windows features until it is validated again.
Apparently Windows Genuine Advantage is having a worldwide outage and could be down for a few days. That means if your computer tries to download and install any patches, it could “fail” the WGA check, which could leave you with one giant lemon of a computer. If you are trying to activate your newly installed copy of Windows Vista, you could run into issues too.
Seriously kids, go Mac at home.