A note to American Business: I don't want you to control the way I use your products. If I pay you for what you are selling, your end of the deal is finished unless I have a problem.
Microsoft/Dell: If I buy the damn software, the right to use it survives the life of the machinery you sell me. I find that a copy of Windows no longer used on a dead Dell cannot be installed on another, living machine. This practice is insidious and evil.
DirecTV: I bought your service so that I can view television in my home, and I pay you for that ability. I also purchased a Tivo unit from you when I brought your service into my home. Now I find you have locked the Tivo so that I cannot use all of the features Tivo offers, on your say so. I will be choosing some other way to have television signals soon. You see, the HBO programming I get from you is identical to the HBO programming I get from Cox, or Time-Warner. Screw with me, and I'll send them my money, and not you.
All Cell Phone Providers: The technology is no longer new. We all have cells now. So you don't get to say which phone I use with your outdated business model. How long do you think the practice of locking us up for two years in a technological arena that changes monthly can last? We'll pick the phone service AND the phone, thank you very much.