" As a user, there is simply no escape. Whether you use Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 95, Linux, FreeBSD, OS X, Solaris (on x86), or almost any other OS, Windows content protection will make your hardware more expensive, less reliable, more difficult to program for, more difficult to support, more vulnerable to hostile code, and with more compatibility problems
That's not what the author indicates.
I believe the author is positing his opinion on the caveat that Vista and its attendant protocols take hold of the market.
I'll simply suggest that the Zune is a reliable indicator of what the market thinks of Microsoft and it's nonsensical view of copyright and ownership.
This is interesting to me because I had purchased a software program that was compatible with MS back in June '06, loaded it and had some problems with it. I used it, unloaded it and just last week tried to load it again. I could load the program but I could not update the program service pack. MS windows installer told me to check with the vendor. The vendor wanted me to do a bunch of stuff to my computer. I said no that apparently their program was no longer compatible with MS because whatever they had in their Service Pack Windows Installer would not allow the replacement of the "protected file." I have XP Pro. The program is OmniPage 15 Pro. Anybody got any ideas? By the way I have the Installer version (v2)redistributed.