I agree. I was a long time user of UltraEdit and later UEStudio. I liked their products and purchased lifetime upgrades for both home use and work. When I purchased, they gave me a serial number that they seemed to change a lot. This was presumably a futile effort to shake the pirates. Nonetheless, I could put it on all my machines and I was happy. Then they hired some guy who was going to turn them into a real software company and he put limits on how many activations you could have per license. I think that number is two activations. I just decided their editor wasn't worth the effort and went to an open source alternative. Here is a specific case where their desire to prevent piracy (which it didn't - you can easily find cracked copies) cost them a paying customer. You rock IDM - not.
As to the original question, I think a serial number is fine. Much more than that and you risk pissing off your paying customers.
Anyway, he's a tech writer, so I assume it would be easier for him to call up Adobe and say, "Hey, I'm working on this hilarious project, do you happen to have..."
More likely what happened is he called up Adobe and said "Hey, I'm looking for a copy of your software that isn't riddled with security holes" and that is what they came up with.
They will never make something with a form factor that can be mistaken for an iPad.
Now that the form factor of a rectangle is taken, they could always make a tablet in the shape of an "L".
Couple got caught in the airport's bathroom on a blowjob.
Former Senator Larry Craig?
There's an option in Windows to adjust the border width (it defaults to 4 but can be lowered all the way to 0).
Appearance -> Window Color -> Advanced appearance settings.. -> Border padding
Control Panel->Appearance and Personalization->Personalization->Window Color and Appearance->Advanced appearance settings.. -> Border Padding Default was 5 on my machine
Plenty of 11 year olds got their start coding a mix of BASIC and 6502 assembly. C shouldn't be much worse.
Isn't that how Bill Gates got started? Look what that got us.
They rewarded failure by doing this in the first place.