Re: Blatant Rant


Steve Matzura
 

Tom, I said the same thing last night to my local JAWS-using friend. I
have now spent over half an hour trying to find it and have come up
empty-handed. I don't know if it's obfuscated, or I'm just not looking
for the right thing. Either way, I'm off to get the info I need from
the horse's mouth. Then maybe I'll search the registry for that
specific piece of information. If I find it, I'll let you know where
it can be found in there.

On Sun, 24 Mar 2013 10:16:29 -0700, you wrote:

Hi,
I'd be willing to bet that the full 20-character authorization key is somewhere in the Registry, and that there's got to be some way to find it if you're (a) knowledgeable about navigating it and (b) willing to do some digging. That information should be stored in some sort of registry variable and, if so, using regedit's search capability should let you find it. Can any of you out there confirm this?

Sent from my iPhone

On Mar 24, 2013, at 7:20 AM, Adrian Spratt <Adrian@...> wrote:

If I'm not mistaken, the authorization number and extra CD came with JAWS
6.0. I've kept that version around here for that reason. I hope FS provides
this info and CD whenever someone signs up for the first time. But I agree,
we shouldn't have to rely on the packaging of a JAWS release from seven
versions ago, nor should we have to wait through a whole weekend to obtain
such basic information.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jfw [mailto:jfw-bounces@...] On Behalf Of Steve Matzura
Sent: Sunday, March 24, 2013 8:38 AM
To: jfw
Subject: Blatant Rant

I went to register JAWS yesterday and made a startling and annoying
discovery. In order to register and license your copy of JAWS using
the Internet License Management facility, you need an authorization
number which, according to Freedom Scientific's FS activation page, in
both print and braille on the sleeve of the installation program CD.
OH yeah? Then the dots must be hidden, and the print is either
white-on-white or black-on-black, because nobody in my house, blind or
not, could find such a thing, and we looked on two different versions
that came in two different packages.

I suspect that what's really going on here is that somewhere, way back
when I first got JAWS with the serial number I'm currently using,
which was new for version 4.0 which was the first one to run on
Windows NT and above, the box it came in definitely did have an
authorization number on a stick-on braille label. Of course, 4.0 is
long, long ago, and so is the packaging in which it came. Since then,
I'm sure when updates come out, they are delivered directly from the
company that stamps out and packages the distribution CD's, so they
can't possibly be personalized with your very own authorization
number. If that's correct, where are we supposed to find this thing?
Inquiring minds wanna know, and answers will be gotten tomorrow
morning when FS technical support opens for business.

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