One Saturday, while still in PCs, this rather cool twenty something guy came in looking for a mouse or something. I wasn't in the mood to explain to Grandma what the difference between a hard-drive and RAM was for the twentieth time that morning, so I struck up a conversation. We got on the topic of viruses and I mentioned my new found fascination with torrenting.
Turns out the guy had just finished a month long stint in prison and was on parole for the next three years.
The reason, torrenting. He had been seeding The Adobe Suite for over a month. The FBI kicked down his door, tackled him in his boxers, arrested him, and permanently confiscated his computers.
They didn't care that he had 30,000 pirated songs or the 400 illegally downloaded movies. All he was ever convicted or even charged for was Adobe stuff.
Note to Self: DON'T MESS WITH ADOBE!
Fast forward a year or so though, and I really wanted Photoshop.
A month or two back, I was in need of Illustrator (for my cartoons).
And the other day, I really wanted Dreamweaver to start working on my HTML (for my upcoming projects).
Total Cost of Said Adobe Products: $600
|Clockwise: Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Illustrator|
The Feds can't out to get me though. Through the wonder and the glory that is the internet, we have Open Source Software.
|Clockwise: GIMP, aptana, and Inkscape|
If you're looking to play around with your photos, Free Photoshop Alternative: GIMP/ Mac
Draw some fancy stuff, Free Illustrator Alternative: Inkscape/ Mac
Or design a website, Free Dreamweaver Alternative: aptana/ Mac
Try Open Source. Love Open Source. And if you're feel quite adventurous, might I suggest giving Linux a try: Ubuntu.
Sources: Download Ubuntu