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Whose Computer Is It?

When I spent $2,200 two weeks ago for a Sony Vaio SZ laptop, I thought I was buying something I’d own — something that would be mine. That, apparently, was not Sony’s view of our transaction.

Sony had presold my desktop — my $2,200 desktop — to a bunch of companies which loaded it with craplets.

Craplets on the desktop So, this really pissed me off. It took hours to clear away all this junk.

The experience moved me to write a column about these “craplets.”


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— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald