I resent that. Our company still uses office 97. Not my choice, I want to buy 2007, but the owners are cheap. And besides, the Office 2007 Compatibility Pack install in office 97! So why bother? Right? Thank god for Windows 7 64bit, it won't run office 97, so we've had a couple forced upgrades.
"Heck, soon enough they will convince us we don't actually OWN our computers anymore."
Unfortunately, that day came long ago. We don't actually own the software/media on our computers, we merely license the privilege to use it. For examples of how this mindset is enforced, look at the horrible DRM schemes used in video games, or the time when Amazon deleted "1984" from everybody's Kindle over a stupid licensing issue.
@AllenSmithee: The problem is NOT the technology, its the insidious controls that are more and more tied into it, expressly designed to prevent users from taking charge of their machines. Heck, soon enough they will convince us we don't actually OWN our computers anymore.
One example: just finding the settings for a program and untangling its settings in the registry is pure hell. Trying to access your actual files on your computer has become a challenge for regular users, as it's become buried deeper and deeper into the maze of Microsoft's Subfolder Labyrinth...