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The Spinning Beach Ball of Death FAQ

posted by Jason Kottke   May 11, 2003

The Spinning Beach Ball of Death FAQ.

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ScottishMay 12, 2003 at 1:27PM

Did you guys see this in that FAQ?

Certain Microsoft applications, such as those in Office, employ an anti-piracy approach whereby, before quitting, the application uses the Internet to “phone home” and validate your software registration. If you are connected to the Internet and have the OS X Firewall enabled, the default firewall settings block this outbound transmission. In such cases, the SBBOD will go on for up to two minutes before the application abandons its attempt to “phone home.”

That’s disturbing, to say the least…

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