I downloaded the Microsoft New Zealand theme Royale at work today. At home, I was able to skip the validation, but I had to do it at work. It took like five minutes just to get through the process of getting to the download page!
I was listening to the TWiT podcast episode 14 the other day, and they were talking about some security thing for monitors. Oh, HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) is a must in new TVs. Basically, one of them stated that those protections are only hindering the honest people, because hackers and cracks can create a workaround in a relatively short period of time. I was thinking, “Amen!”
Microsoft wasted my time because I’m an honest customer. It definitely stinks that the unscrupulous 5% of people who use illegal versions of Windows XP is ruining the 95% of honest users. Pretty lame if you ask me.