odds are that none of you know me, but i've been watching this thread for quite some time and i thought it would be nice to put my $0.02 in.
I personaly have a massave collection of mp3s. why? because i can not find music here that suits my particular tastes. I'm a trance addict and i listen to internet radio stations such as http://www.digitallyimported.com
Unfortunately, when i hear an especialy good track i'm left with two options
1) Fire up cdnow, amazon, euromusicworld or something else and pay upwards of $40 and wait nearly a month for the cd or
2) download the mp3 track
obviously the choice is clear.
i find a suitably good cd here i will buy it.
when i put my box together, i built it for a very tight budget. after buying all the hardwares i was left for three options for the OS
1) buy a $100+ copy of win98se/xp/whatever
3) use a 'reduced price' version from one of my friends.
since the box was prmairly for gaming, linux was out. also, since i was totaly and completly broke, buying a copy was out too. obviously i chose the third.
my rationalle for both my mp3 collection and my 'reduced price' os is simple
"i do not have the money to buy this. therefore, the company will not get my money weather i have this product or not. therefore, i'm not hurting anybody if i use a copy from a friend"
i'm sure this is the rationalle for most of the 'budget pirates' or something.
for that matter, what of overclocking? i know some of you have purchaced a lesser clockd processor and bumped it up to a quicker speed. heck, i've got my cleron 900 (approx $80) clocked at 1.1(approx $110) rather sucessfully
but does this mean i've 'stolen' the difference (an entire $30) from intel?
/me dons the asbestos suit.
flame if you want. please keep it reasonably intelligent and calm.