However, the other day I needed to get a product key from the Dark Empire’s website to install the Longhorn/Vista beta to run some tests for She Who Is Perfect In All Ways. I fired up Internet Explorer and tried to get the key. It was a comedy of errors, the primary one being that my session would “time out” every time I hit the key page. Finally, in a fit of desperation, I switched over to Firefox and voilá — no problems. Truly it is a bad day for the Dark Empire when I have to use some other web browser to access their content on their website for their product.
1 We are keeping out code base working under the Dark Empire C++ compiler and the GNU compiler and it’s hard to say which one is better. Each has it problems but with MSVC 7.1, it’s now a close contest as to which one is less annoying to work with. There is no doubt in my mind, however, that the Dark Empire development environment is vastly superior. I continue to be amazed at how primitive Linux based toolsets are when I have to use them.