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Old 03-21-2008, 05:23 PM
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Sony, Hold the Baloney, Costs $50 More

Sony is charging customers to remove trialware and other unwanted software from their new Vaio TZ notebook computers.

Others have dubbed it crapware. It's all that extra trial or demo software that's installed on a new PC, but the vendor receives a little bit of money that offsets the ultra-slim profit margins in the cut-throat PC industry.

Last year, Dell announced that based on customer feedback, they would make the trialware a configuration option for the customer.

Sony, however, has decided to charge the customer US$50 to have it removed before shipment. The option is called "Fresh Start," trademarked no less. And to get that option, the user must spend an additional US$100 to upgrade from Windows Vista Home Premium to Vista Business. Total cost: $150.00.
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