DRM … bah!

Not very impressed with Digital Rights Management (DRM) this evening. I wanted to open a PDF that I purchased last year.

The file told me that I needed to activate Adobe Acrobat in order to view it.

So I did.

The file told me that I needed to activate Adobe Acrobat in order to view it.

So I did. Again.

The Adobe site then told me that before I could view it I had to activate Adobe Acrobat or Reader on the computer that I originally downloaded the file to.

I already have. It was this one.

This one … before I reinstalled Windows XP on it.

I can’t see any way around this, without having to repurchase the title. Bah!

Those were the droids I was looking for!

These are not the droids you're looking for
(Image from Oscar Controls)

Each week b3ta.com run a feature whereby they pose a question and readers write in with their answers.

Last week’s question was: “Have you carried out a successful con? Perhaps you hustled a few quid off a stranger, or defrauded a multi-national company. Or have you been taken for the wide-eyed, naive rube that you are?”

Here’s my favourite answer:

“I was conned by an old man in a cloak. Yeah, it turned out those were the droids I was looking for.” (abefroman)