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Comment: Re:Take a look at MH (Score 1) 282

by uckelman (#43317213) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Archive and Access Ancient Emails?
(n)MH is definitely what you want for this. I have mail going back to the late 90s stored this way. And you want to use mairix for indexing it all. When I need to find something in the 450k messages I have, I can find it from the command line using mairix in about the time it takes me to type the command. (I would argue that nmh is an excellent mail client for working with new mail as well. And in the past year or so, there's been a burst of development activity, as well---the most I've seen in the whole time I've been using it---involving such luminaries as Paul Vixie. So it's definitely not dying.)

Comment: People who can use their miniatures buy more (Score 1) 174

by uckelman (#30284264) Attached to: Games Workshop Goes After Fan Site

I'm one of the VASSAL developers. When GW forced the Vassal40k module designers to stop distributing their module, the most common complaint I heard was from people who used the module for planning out their Warhammer 40K armies. In other words, I was reading complaints from people who used the module to plan their purchases. With a way to test out armies before buying, these people are enthusiastic customers. Without a way to test out armies, these people are disinclined to buy miniatures. Another common complaint was from people who had no local opponents, but still wanted to play W40K. Same story here: If they can use their miniatures this way, theses people are happy to purchase some; if they can't, they won't open their wallets.

In the short run, shutting down the Vassal40k developers might look to GW like a good decision, but in the long run it's only going to lose them customers.

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