Thanks for the post. I'm still laughing my ass off. Sounds like you've been talking to the family members who couldn't get a Blimpie or Days Inn franchise. Think talking to those companies are bad try Ebay. Try to find the number to call Ebay. Try to get someone to answer.
As far as the activation crap Bill thought was so freeakin' wonderful and secure. The more I hear from people concerning the issues surounding the "Lets call to get a new activation code", the more I'm thinking XP is secure in being thrown away for another or older operating system. Everytime I upgraded or added some new device or lost drivers for a device I was on that phone once again. I made the mistake, or was fortunate enough, to answer a question wrong and have been denied the install of the XP Pro I paid pretty good money for. I was asked how many computers I had installed the program on, thinking I was asked how many times I had installed the program on my computer, I answered "3". I was read the Windows Riot Act and told to purchase more copies or EULAs. SCREW EM'!!!!!! I went back to running 2000 Pro with no hitches, glitches, freezes, problems or fuckin' phone calls to Bill's Army. XP is ok I guess, but 2000 does all I need for it to do. Handles all my tasks, doesn't piss me off (too much), is VERY secure and the kids hate it because it doesn't have all the bells and whistles XP does therefore "BORING". I like it like that. Keeps them off my computer and free of the problems they keep inflicking on theirs.
Have a wonderful freakin' day.