The 4 On My Mind Right Now
Life should be like this website. Sure many of us '*****', but if we don't like this place, atleast there's an alternative. All of us still here are here cause we _chose to stay_, not because there was no other option.
Here are things annoying me now:
1) Microsoft: If you're internet connection is down at home, you can't just download software at work, put on a CD and install at home. Their website checks to make sure you're running the same flavor of Windows and won't let you download many things based on the computer you happen to be on at the moment. This is all to protect profits, and is BS. The copy of Windows I'll be installing to is legal, and the correct version, but I have to pay because they want to prevent the loss of every possible dime otherwise lost to pirates...
2) My cellphone provider: They have decided to no longer support using a phone as modem "at any price"... Any price? _WHY_?? And what's to stop someone from downloading an SDK for the os on the phone and writing their own apps to do this? I pay these people to communicate bytes. They are my bytes, and what right do they have to tell me where those bytes come from or what to do with those bytes once I get them back?
3) I downloaded this demo of this software app and the thing was "expired" the second I installed. I wouldn't have said anything except they e-mailed me to ask how my experience went. I replied and told them what happened. They basically in so many words just told me that their software doesn't lie :-D ... I told them my operating system and other circumstances just incase these guys one day admit their installer or demo has a bug :-D Meanwhile, what's to stop someone from taking a brand new computer, installing their demo, finding out what the hell this thing puts in the registry (or elsewhere on the drive), so we can find it it, turn it off and use their software as much as we like? Not that I'm a dishonest person that really wants to rip anyone off, but the fact that they sell their software at 1/4th to 1/5th the cost to students but _WON'T_ give this special price to someone teaching themselves, _does_ make this temping :-D