It has probably not escaped your notice that purveyor of operating systems Microsoft has recently come out with a new one, some years later than planned. Windows Vista is a triumph as a Microsoft operating system, with surely more features ripped off from MacOS than in any release since Windows 95!
Anyway, that's not really the point. What interests me is how very, very hyped up some people get about it. Wanting to be first to get it, setting up websites to speculate about it, and then, when it finally comes out, desperate to be told how to crack it.
Windows XP, you see, while requiring 'product activation', was rather easy for the determined user to crack. Vista, so far, doesn't seem to be. So there is a lot of talk on the Internet about potential approaches.
So, when someone unveiled an alleged key generation tool, there was much excitement. Now, the release included a summary of how the tool was meant to work; basically, randomly generating 25-letter keys until one worked. This was clearly madness - there are so many potential combinations that the chances of alighting on a working one are negligible, even if Microsoft had provided one for everyone on Earth. And yet the story was taken up and published by major news sources.
The next day, the same person reports that, actually, it was a joke. Many users refuse to believe him, with some even mocking up videos purporting to be the tool in action, and some saying that he has been silenced by Microsoft or similar. Others boast of how they have their own secret methods for cracking Vista, while still others make a big deal over this.
So what, at the end of the day, is the big deal? It's only a rather unremarkable MacOS ripoff, after all. People really get far too excited about these things.