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Sat 22 Jan 2005

Region encoding for printer catridges?!

Category : mac and the internet

Well, well, well. Screenshots reports HP is attempting to prevent cartridge swopping.

Recent cross-country mac purchases have gone "pop!", due to non-compatible voltage - I just read a UK user complaint in Macworld, and this WSJ article leads with an anecdote from Fiji in an article that explains how these are similar ploys.

Region encoding was a silly and ineffective stunt. Hardware city Sim Lim did some brisk business initially if you could not follow internet instructions, but when I bought a DVD player a few years ago, the sales guy told to press "*-1-6-8" via the remote to render it region-free.

On the iBook, the moment the first of "five chances" messages warns me to decide on a permanent region code for the mac's DVD player, I download VLC and circumvent it - again I can forgo dicey solutions on the intenet; its served up on a platter.

Meawhile P2P wars continue. Technology provides avenues, and then the means to circumvent restrictions, especially as long as some love dismantling barriers to profit the rest of us. With more effective cross-border communication, geeks are now even picking open locks.

It will also take reasonable pricing and education to effectively combat siginificant revenue loss. With Dreamweaver selling an educational version on campus to staff and students, I'm buying six copies, one for each terminal we use the software at. And I can't remember what a pirated VCD looks like anymore. Or Claris Homepage on OS9.

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