Microsoft tells schools: refuse computers without their orginal paperwork

Microsoft’s guidelines for schools that are accepting donated PCs is a hoot, primarily for gems such as this:

It is a legal requirement that pre-installed operating systems remain with a machine for the life of the machine. If a company or individual donates a machine to your school, it must be donated with the operating system that was installed on the PC.

This is, of course, so much bullshit. Ridiculous statements like this reflect the dilution of First Sale in the modern world. I bought that PC. It’s up to me what I do with it. I can erase the hard-drive, I can use the CDs that the OS shipped on for skeet-shooting, you name it. When you abridge first-sale, you get howlers like this:

Microsoft recommends that educational institutions only accept computer donations that are accompanied by proper operating system documentation. If the donor cannot provide this documentation, it is recommended that you decline the donated PC(s).

“I’m sorry, sir, we can’t accept that computer for your daughter’s kindergarten class; you lost the warranty card.” Link Discuss (via /.)