Western Digital commits commercial suicide

I’ve just made a mental note not to buy anything from hard disk manufacturers Western Digital, ever again (or at least, not for a long time). Why? Because they are selling a remote hard disk that won’t less you copy sound and video files to other computers.

According to Boing Boing:

This is the most extreme example I’ve seen yet of tech companies crippling data devices in order to please Hollywood: Western Digital is disabling sharing of any avi, divx, mp3, mpeg, and many other files on its network connected devices; due to unverifiable media license authentication’. Just wondering — who needs a 1 Terabyte network-connected hard drive that is prohibited from serving most media files? Perhaps somebody with 220 million pages of .txt files they need to share?

Wired say there they have a workaround for this. I have a better workaround: to never buy any Western Digital products ever again, and to advise all my friends to do the same.

(via Jack Schofield)

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