March 19th, 2008

Let's Hear It For Copy Protection

So in my third attempt to get Sequel to install on my computer, I finally gave up and copied files one at a time from the DVD to my hard disk so that the system would stop hanging up. This seems to have worked.

I ran the install. That seems to have worked.

But one of the earlier crashes has eaten the Activation Code for my software. You can get a new Activation Code if you have registered the software. Of course, to register the software, you have to get it to run once. Which means that you cannot have an installation fail and eat your Activation Code, because if you do, you can't get a new Activation Code.

At this point, I have sent a support request off to the folks at Steinberg which was about as polite as possible under the circumstances. And I've wasted another two hours of my life on this.

I'm less than thrilled.

And all this for a product that costs less than $100. I'm thinking very evil thoughts about German manufacturers right now.

Minor Annoyances

Yeah, I know. Gripe, gripe, gripe. :)

The good news is that I'm down to under 50 compile errors in the Chart of Accounts. The bad news is that these will be a bit harder to eradicate than the others, as they're trying to parse formulas for the most part. And having determined that we were going to indicate an account by putting it in quotes, I am forcibly reminded that our string constants are also in quotes. The latter will have to give, although I'm not sure exactly how yet. Maybe single quotes instead of double quotes.

For Sequel, I now have to go home, dig a serial number out of the licensing software -- assuming it's there -- go up onto the Steinberg website and register that serial number with my My Steinberg account (assuming that I remember the user name and password), after which I will be able to request a new activation code. So possibly by tomorrow night, I will finally have this beast installed and working. I hope.

On the plus side of the ledger, Bonnie and marnie_gucciard are coming over tonight so that we can work with daisy_knotwise on plans for Special Events at WindyCon this year. That should be fun!