Originally Posted by billcsho
The HP's online battery tester provides very limited information.
Are you sure it's just not a case that you (the customer) just don't "see" the detailed info the program generates? That the program is transmitting data in the background or via code?
If the program isn't doing a detailed test, what's the point? What's the reason for the on-line connection?
Like I said I don't use "on-line" type programs, because I'm not real crazy about a program "probing" my computer...
Ever since Windows 95
in which MS used the OS registration wizard (rewiz.exe) to cull data off people's hd's on "competing" products they had installed on their machines and then "targeted" those people
I don't trust any type of program that forces you to stay connected
when it's running. No telling what kind of data it may be transmitting.Heads up to anyone that may not know, the firewall in XP allows apps to "dial-out" to parts unkown at will. If you get a trojan, keystroke logger, or some type of program that culls your hard drive for data, these programs can dial out and you've never know it. The only product I found that blocked these dial-outs, was Sygate Personal Firewall Pro... alas it has been bought out by Symatec. :-(Good firewall- If you google it you can find copies of it on the net still. They had a free, and a "pro" version, you can find both on the net if you look.
Getting back to MS...
MicroSoft got a free database and then used that data to target owners of programs of competing products.
Imagine if YOU spent years building up a customer base....Years of eatting peanut butter and jelly... breakfast, lunch and dinner... Living in the back of your car, handing out free copies of your program to get it "out-there".... Program finally takes off, you start making money... Get to eat real food, etc... Things looking pretty good... Have an installed base of customers using your product...
Then MS gets a list of your customers and targets them... Pretty low if you ask me...