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Old 07-11-2010, 01:31 PM   #1
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Thumbs down Be careful! After upgrade, Adobe Digital Editions authorizations fail

I'm getting an error message: E_ACT_TOO_MANY_ACTIVATIONS

It looks like adobe doesn't keep track of which devices you've activated, only how many activation requests have been made. So a kobo firmware upgrade burns an activation count. If you have three kobos and one computer, after reauthorizing two kobos you've used up all your activations, and then third one fails

This is why I hate DRM.

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Old 07-11-2010, 01:59 PM   #2
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Yes, it's annoying. Open a web case with adobe and they will restore your access ay resetting your activation count.
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Old 07-11-2010, 05:34 PM   #3
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Old 02-05-2011, 01:50 AM   #4
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My beef is far more with ADE than DRM or ANY aspect of ereading. I have 2 new readers that I cannot use because my "quota" of ADE authorizations is used up by dysfunctional previous readers. Forums are full of complaints about the same problem, most of whom have had no assistance from Adobe. Is there any software, including fee based, to replace ADE, and specifically for library books? Thank you!

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Old 02-05-2011, 05:27 PM   #5
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This is why I hate DRM.
Please spare us. I have no patience for people who cry and whine about technology they willingly use and therefore, support. If you *REALLY* hated DRM, you'd stop using it. For example... I HATE DRM and that means I:

1. Do not USE windows or OSX
2. Do not USE Adobe's wares
3. Do not BUY or OWN DRM'd content.
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Old 02-05-2011, 05:32 PM   #6
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Please spare us. I have no patience for people who cry and whine about technology they willingly use and therefore, support. If you *REALLY* hated DRM, you'd stop using it. For example... I HATE DRM and that means I:

1. Do not USE windows or OSX
2. Do not USE Adobe's wares
3. Do not BUY or OWN DRM'd content.
I HATE DRM, That's why I set my DRM epubs free

Just because epubs come with DRM doesn't mean you have to keep them chained to DRM... just saying...
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Old 02-05-2011, 05:57 PM   #7
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this happened to me today. Is my only option to contact Adobe? I paid $350 for this thing from Best buy and now it won't work. How many authorizations do you get?
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Old 02-05-2011, 06:24 PM   #8
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this happened to me today. Is my only option to contact Adobe? I paid $350 for this thing from Best buy and now it won't work. How many authorizations do you get?
You get 6, but un-authorizing something just removes that device from the list; it doesn't free up one of the six. You have to contact Adobe directly for that.

The limit of "6 devices" was established several years ago, when most people would be hard-pressed to find a use more than three (desktop, laptop, PDA); six meant they could get in a couple of upgrades before needing to contact customer service. Now, with people commonly owning a desktop, laptop, dedicated ebook reader, and smartphone, and wanting spouse's phone and laptop on the same account so they can share books, any upgrade or reinstallation of OS in any device triggers an "I can't read my books" event.
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Old 02-05-2011, 09:55 PM   #9
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Please spare us. I have no patience for people who cry and whine about technology they willingly use and therefore, support. If you *REALLY* hated DRM, you'd stop using it. For example... I HATE DRM and that means I:

1. Do not USE windows or OSX
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Welcome to my growing ignore list windowsrefund. Man, you're an ass.
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Old 02-06-2011, 11:54 PM   #10
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Welcome to my growing ignore list windowsrefund. Man, you're an ass.
big deal. At least I'm in control of my computer.
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Old 02-06-2011, 11:55 PM   #11
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I HATE DRM, That's why I set my DRM epubs free

Just because epubs come with DRM doesn't mean you have to keep them chained to DRM... just saying...
What exactly do you mean by "set free"? I really hope you're not committing an illegal act by stripping DRM as you'd be exposing yourself to legal action. Please tell me I'm getting the wrong idea...
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Old 02-07-2011, 12:19 AM   #12
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What exactly do you mean by "set free"? I really hope you're not committing an illegal act by stripping DRM as you'd be exposing yourself to legal action. Please tell me I'm getting the wrong idea...
N o Y B

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Old 02-07-2011, 09:57 AM   #13
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N o Y F B @$$hole.
If it's non of my business, why mention it? You're the one who started talking about removing DRM, not me. I don't have to dance around the issue and try to work around it because I don't play in that sandbox to begin with. So the question stands, are you committing an illegal act by removing DRM from the content you're accessing? Do you realize you can be prosecuted under the DMCA?
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Old 02-07-2011, 10:11 AM   #14
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Both of you calm down. And remember we try to keep this a family-suitable forum.

The DMCA is not world-wide law, and neither of you knows where the other lives. Even in the USofA, DRM stripping for personal use has not been (nor is it likely to be) tested in court; the fair use defense may well apply.

If you have philosophical issues, take them to the P&R forum.
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@pholy I apologize, that was indeed uncalled for on the forum no matter what I was thinking.

@3d0g just tried out the ignore function for the first time, I love it... it just leaves windowsrefund speechless *grin*

@windowsrefund yes it is non of your business what I do with MY paid for content.
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