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Every industry has its lemons and, in the software industry, lemons can cause big problems for you if you are unfortunate enough to install them. Bad Software offers a comprehensive look at all the options available to the disgruntled software buyer. First, the authors help you figure out what's at fault--did you buy something ill suited to your needs, are you using it incorrectly, or is the program really broken? Once you've spotted the problem, they help you tackle it efficiently.
Telephone support technicians--and the people who call them--will appreciate this book's tips on making a successful call for technical support. The book explains what information to gather before you call and the best way to present your problem to the support person. These tips make it probable that your problem will be solved quickly, accurately, and with little aggravation.
If you do have a real lemon--such as a program that erased your hard disk even though you followed the instructions closely--this guide will show you what to do. The authors tell how the Uniform Commercial Code applies to software and they provide sample complaint letters that ought to help you get the remedy you want. --David Wall --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Starting around 1995, the Better Business Bureau began receiving more complaints about computers than cars. The shrink-wrap "license agreement" often tells users that they don't actually own the software purchased and that if it doesn't work as advertised it is their fault. Kaner and Pels explain that users have lots of options in dealing with software they don't like?even long after the seal has been broken. They explain how to get quick refunds, troubleshoot problems, talk to technical staff, and, finally, get a lawyer. Even libraries with minimal computing collections should have this book.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.