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Daniel_K, the Creative Labs fan who fixed the company's broken Vista sound card drivers only to be threatened by the corporate brass, just e-mailed with his side of the story.

"My name is Daniel Kawakami and I'm Brazilian," he writes. "I'm NOT a cracker, a hacker, just an enthusiast modder with basic assembly knowledge and very persistent."

Kawakami's expertise allowed him to enable advanced features in sound cards that Creative advertised as Vista-compatible, but which did not perform as well under that operating system as they do under Windows XP. After tolerating the distribution of his unofficial drivers for a time, Creative's vice president of corporate communications, Phil O'Shaughnessy, ultimately asked him to stop, and accused him of "stealing their goods." O'Shaughnessy also wrote that whether or not it cripples its Vista drivers is a "business decision that only we have the right to make."

The rest of Kawakami's e-mail follows,
http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/0..._k-who-fi.html
post #2 of 52
Frankly, I'd love to see Asus (or another manufacturer with competing sound cards) hire Daniel just out of spite.

Anyways, I hope Creative comes to there senses and appologizes to him and rewards him for his drivers.
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I don't understand why Creative would cripple their vista drivers, it will just hurt their sales.
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They did it because they wanted people to buy their new graphic cards for which they have the excuse that Vista needed some new proctection hardware invention that you need to buy the new ones for.

Tl;dr. They wanted people to buy their new ones.
    
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Creative can go smoke a donkey for all i care..
    
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With a name like "Kawakami", of course he's not a cracker - that's a Japanese name through and through.
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post #7 of 52
it is a decision that the company has the right to make.

Creative has probably developed good drivers for their software and cards so now they don't need Daniel anymore. It's obvious.

They tolerated him in the beginning because they were not able to create working software.
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post #8 of 52
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Originally Posted by dieanotherday View Post

They tolerated him in the beginning because they were not willing to create working software.
Fixed.
post #9 of 52
Wow , i read it all and damn. GO DAN-K
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I dont see him doing anything wrong. I dont see MS or NVIDIA or EA Sewing people for enabling dx10 features in crysis on DX9..... Creative sucks.. LIke my new sound card? I got it because Of creatives bullcrap.. I destroyed my creative card IN my boycotting effords.
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