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Packard Bell Makes Backup Standard

I never thought I would be supporting a PC vendor for including more software on consumer PCs. For years, most retail computers have come with so much crapware pre-installed that geeks like me who support their friends and families have been reinstalling Windows fresh rather than trying to uninstall the WonderCalc-LE and Whahoo-Photo. Packard Bell -- yes, Packard Bell, which used to have real talent for making the worst computer using any given model processor you could find on the shelf -- i
I never thought I would be supporting a PC vendor for including more software on consumer PCs. For years, most retail computers have come with so much crapware pre-installed that geeks like me who support their friends and families have been reinstalling Windows fresh rather than trying to uninstall the WonderCalc-LE and Whahoo-Photo. Packard Bell -- yes, Packard Bell, which used to have real talent for making the worst computer using any given model processor you could find on the shelf -- is now shipping all the machines it sells in Europe with Carbonite pre-installed and a four-month subscription to the online service. Maybe Dell, HP, and the rest will get smart and follow suit on this side of the pond.

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