Laptop users that I've worked with tend to use cloud backup, which I tend to encourage
Guess what a laptop user does when he runs into the cloud backup service's storage cap. He cuts down the set of folders that get backed up. Expanding offline backup capacity doesn't have an annual fee per GB like what iCloud, Dropbox, and SkyDrive charge.
Stability + Performance = All that the end user will care about.
Doesnt matter who made it, or what their background is.
A lot of companies use financial stability of the developer as a heuristic for guessing the developer's level of quality control and the stability of maintenance of the product.
As long as the program runs stable, and, with respectable performance, the end user wont think twice about who made it.
It has to 1. run stable, 2. perform respectably, and 3. run on the end user's preferred platform. A lot of platform gatekeepers have historically had anti-hobbyist policies, such as video game console manufacturers.
hobbyist isn't a synonym for bad.
Video game console makers seem to think it is. They have preferred developers to be established companies with a dedicated office, not 1-man startups out of someone's home.
The point is Modulo is not that commonly used in interpreted languages.
I beg to differ. An import of a large data set into a database may commit the transaction or update a progress indicator after every n rows.
So lets drop the hobbyist title. If someone is working a home business that isn't yet profitable because there is an awful lot of overhead to code first, they've been working that time.
Then you'll have to get half of the House of Representatives and half of the Senate to amend the definition of hobby in the part of the tax code related to business expense deductions.
And it strikes me as really disturbing when a machine with all free software is more expensive than the same machine without free software.
On a PC that comes with Windows, the fees that trialware developers pay PC makers to get their non-free trialware preinstalled is believed to exceed the price of a non-free OS license.
Scientology gives people total freedom
I don't see how being forbidden to share scripture with the public counts as "total freedom".
Instead of needing to manufacture a new laptop, simply "refurbish" an existing model and [measure] your target market.
Anonymous Coward made a pun between the word used for "measure" and a word that means "economically exploit":
You meant to type gouge, I'm sure.
I see your joke, but sometimes there's a good reason to put a prototype into limited production for early adopters. See "Test market" on Wikipedia.
An automated install of some free software (they didn't develop) is hardly worth charging 300 dollars for.
The advantage of a preinstall is that drivers are guaranteed to work.