"What it all comes down to is Microsoft is turning the screw on me too hard. I can't legitimately use its software without becoming a criminal or spending tens of thousands of dollars. If it gives me a truckload of free copies, I will still be spending the majority of my time on the phone with people in Bangalore typing in licence keys to stay legal."
For my Birthday, I received a new generation iPod, or the so-called 5.5 generation.
I have to say, as much as I am ardently opposed to DRM (and Apple's and Microsoft's support of it), this little gadget is (as Steve Jobs would say) simply amazing!
This is the first portable player I've owned that could play video, and that fact; combined with the superb build quality, incredibly intuitive interface, limited (but still very nice) PDA capabilities, cute little games (not on a par with the PSP, but still ...), and gorgeous sound quality; really makes this a device worth cherishing.
I've just read on Digg that Channel4 are going to be offering a content download service. Great eh? Only problem is it's for Windows users only. Hmmm, maybe not so great.
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So, in that great Slated tradition, I put metaphorical pen to paper, and sent yet another "letter" of complaint ... as follows:
It was only one week ago, that Microsoft was left with egg on it's face, after being caught red-handed trying to bribe bloggers for positive reviews of Windows Vista, as revealed by El Reg:
Now, only a few days later, it has emerged that they are trying to bribe people again into blogging (or submitting "Wows" as they put it) in favour of Vista, with offers of prizes for the best "Wow", specifically:
"a high definition video camera, AND a seven-days trip around the world to see the most stunning vistas, including Sydney’s Harbor Bridge and Opera House, Beijing’s Great Wall, Agra’s Taj Mahal, New York’s Empire State Building and Paris’ Eiffel Tower."
Read the full story here.