it COULD be that the Cobra team implemented all of the functions in an API and it was the internal logic of the API that stood for verifying the Cobra dongle was present. If Dean was given the option of using the API in his multiman, I see no reason why he should not. It would improve his multiMAN, even if just for some people, so why not.
Besides, I recall that there were upgrades to non-cobra users as well. Perhaps by implementing their API and adding the functionality the cobra dongle provided, further enhancements would also be provided to non cobra dongle owners?
The only issue I see with this, is why Cobra haven't made their API accessible to other backup manager makers, so they could implement Cobra's features too (and hence Cobra would become even more popular). A counter to this, could be that they don't want to have the API public as it would easen and highen the risk of it getting reverse engineered, and Dean seemed like a trustable person to hand it to, which would not leak it.
**** it, I don't know. I just know I love the tools he has made, and for that - thank you. Whatever you do now, I can't blame you. And, regardless of what you say the truth is, I trust you, until I get solid proof not to do so anymore.
I guess, thats my way of showing gratitude..
BTW, Almost forty? I - based on your pictures - had always believed you were in the mid to mid-late (25-28) twenties, and just a little bit older than me >_<
...On an issue a bit unrelated, I would really like to see the trueblue and cobra dongle broken open.. I am dying to see how they are doing it >.<