August 22, 2004
New Frontiers in Frustration
As software DRM grows ever more common and ever nastier, it means another new frontier of frustration is approaching. After all, if it costs an hour now to upgrade your copyright-protected Microsoft applications, how long will it take in the future when presumably all applications will demand customers jump through these reactivation hoops? The day is coming, if it's not already here, when honest customers have no choice but to move to open source. If that's what the software industry intends its activation schemes to accomplish, it may find the ultimate frustration is its own.