The firmware will take a while if you haven't been on in a long time.
The sign up process has to be done "this way" just to help keep things neat and organized. At first it's kinda weird, but after you've joined up it's kinda neat to read the applications of the new guys. Then you'll understand why things are the way they are.
Basically it's just a template you copy and past into your own thread and fill in the blanks. It's not bad.
Also remember regarding your PSNID, the name you choose will impact not only what you're called on the forum, but also the name you're called in game. "Viggen" would be a cool name though.
Makes it kinda rough when a guys forum moniker is "this", yet the name he chose on the PSN is "that", yet wants to be called something else in game.
Viggen would be cool.
p.s. Sorry to O.T. your thread.