What on Macs uses activation? I've never encountered anything, but are you saying the Mac version of the new CS is going to? <br><br>If so, it usually lasts about a week before a crack comes out, right?<br><br>
#222730 - 04/04/0505:41 PMRe: Software activation - what a hassle
Wiping and reinstalling:<br><br>1) Forces me to back up the important stuff and...<br><br>2) Forces me to get rid of stuff I don't need or use anymore. Remember all those cutesy little apps I installed a while back and only played with once? Well, JoJo the VirtualSeaMonkey 1.0b2 still has preference files and app support crap laying around. Wiping gets me back to basics without having to tiptoe around while wondering what I can ditch and what I can't. No amount of "looking after itself" can let an OS magically know what files I'm not using anymore. How does Apple know that the 37MB PDF manual for Graphic Converter 2.4 can be given a proper burial? Be a pack rat if you want. Lord knows what beasties live in the corners of your garage.<br><br>Don't want to reinstall every so often? Then don't. But don't even dare try to tell me an old install runs better than a fresh one. That's what we're talking about here. And that's why I and others do it. Sure, it's not vital... but it is better. I'm sorry you're so afraid to give the drive a house cleaning once in a while. <br><br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Do you take your car apart and put it back together? Most of us just clean it out once in a while and occasionally service it. <br><p><hr></blockquote><p>Wow, you thought my analogy was bad? I'd hate to see your oil filter. Probably looks like a solid ring of sludge... kinda like your hard drive.<br><br>
Interesting. Lots of whining and crying in the comments, but some reasonable complaints as well. <br><br>I'd like to see what effect this has a year from now. Did sales go up? Down? The same? I'm just going to guess that they don't go up because of this forced activation scheme.<br><br>I wonder if more people will get interested in things like Gimp and Graphic Converter, or is it impossible to live without Photoshop and the others?<br><br>
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There is really no need to get all pissy and personal. But you started it so here goes.<br><br> You haven't got a clue what my department's or personal machines look like and you're just being presumptuous. I never made any put downs of your system, nor did I say that what you do is wrong. I'll repeat if for you so you can get it though your swollen skull - clean installs are sometimes necessary, but NOT if there is NOTHING wrong with your system.<br><br> You can do whatever the hell you please with your system and I couldn't give a rats ass — just don't YOU DARE presume to tell me that mine is [censored] when you haven't go the foggiest idea. Oh and by the way. It is perfectly acceptible to back up your system and throw stuff out that's not longer needed without doing a clean install. Some of us actually KNOW HOW to do that (and are even certified to do it). I'm not surprise that you apparently need to do an archive and install just so you can get a backup.<br><br>So thanks for the discussion but not for your ruining it with personal insults.<br><br>
#222734 - 04/04/0507:22 PMRe: Software activation - what a hassle
This is fun.<br><br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>You haven't got a clue what my department's or personal machines look like and you're just being presumptuous. <p><hr></blockquote><p>Again, Captain Obvious to the rescue. Of course I'm being presumptuous. How the hell would I know what they look like? I don't know whether you need thicker skin or a sense of humor or both. Or maybe a reinstall.<br><br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>I never made any put downs of your system,<p><hr></blockquote><p>Can you put down a machine? If you think you can, seek therapy.<br><br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>It is perfectly acceptible to back up your system and throw stuff out that's not longer needed without doing a clean install. Some of us actually KNOW HOW to do that (and are even certified to do it).<p><hr></blockquote><p>Sure it's acceptable, but will never be AS GOOD AS a clean install, especially when it's practical. It's practical to do it on my machine because it takes two hours. It's not practical to rebuild a car, so bad analogy. It is practical to clean a garage. That's what my point was, and that's why some choose that path.<br><br>I wiped and installed my first use of Panther in Fall of '03. I let it on there until just this past February when I decided to wipe. Before the wipe, Safari took 5 bounces to launch. After, it took 2. I wonder why? Oh, that's right, reinstalling is a waste of time when the mystical OSX elves from Gumdrop Lane normally take care of that stuff whilst I dream of sugar plum fairies. (<--The elves aren't real. But I do dream of sugar plum fairies.)<br><br>Put 57 updates over OS9 all you want. (<--Obviously, you didn't actually do that. Relax. It's called "hyperbole.") And you're certified to back things up? How many minutes did that course take? (Hyperbole!)<br><br>What should we discuss next? How many layers of newspaper we put over dog sh!t before we mop the floor? (That's a ZING!) <br><br>
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