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Journal Chacham's Journal: Verbiage: On paying for software when so inclined. 3

I don't think i have ever paid for shareware. In most cases, i won't even download it if it isn't freeware. If i do download it, it's probably just for the free-trial, and then delete it. There are times though that i have used a crack or serialz. But i've never really paid for it. IIRC, i did but the upgraded versions of SecureCRT (before i knew of PuTTY), VMWare 1.0 (before it was free), and Forte Agent 1.0. Except for VMWare, those were solid programs for a decent price. Even VMWare was good, until it trashed my disk.

In other cases, i used a program long enough where i thought to pay for it, but i just switched instead. I figured i should pay for Windows, so i switched to Linux (eventually going back on another computer, because it was given to me, or to play games), or WinZip, but version 7 (iirc) just came out and it was so bloated and used the ugly flat buttons that i immediately switched to ICEOWS, which works pretty well.

Now and then, however, i run a program that really helps, and i think "i should send them five bucks". If it's a cracked version i'm using, i don't bother because it's too much trouble. If it's shareware it's probably less than what they want, so i figure it isn't worth trying. If it's freeware, it's usually too hard to track the person down. Or at least i'd like to think so.

Then came Spybot - Search & Destroy After saving a friend's (no, seriously) XP setup, i think i sent him a few dollars via paypal from that link on the side. I spent hours on cleanup, and the final stage was beyond me. Between it and Process Explorer (kill process tree) i could finally do it. I'm pretty sure i sent some cash. I know i wanted to. And, if i really need it again, i'll probably send a couple dollars here or there.

Today, i just used FileMon to track down a file being used by a project. Between IIS, virtual directories, SharePoint Server, and hardly commented code, i hadn't the slightest idea which file was being served. (The virtual directory had a blank vbs file in it.) With FileMon, entry 3151 showed me the actual file being read. And that when i thought i should send a few bucks to them (not Microsoft). No link though.


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Verbiage: On paying for software when so inclined.

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  • I have tried to maintain a pure legal software environment on my computer for quite some time now.

    It helps that my University gives students a bazzilion legal copies of Windows. That helps a lot actually.

    I have actually purchased a few shareware programs in the past when they were really good. In one instance with a game that I had already pirated, I found a rather icky bug in it, emailed in a bug report and got a patch that same day. With service and quality like that, I had to go and purchase the produ
    • by Chacham ( 981 )
      I have tried to maintain a pure legal software environment on my computer for quite some time now.

      I am so moved. But when i get down to do it, i just install Linux. :)

      I should do it again at home. I just don't want to lose what i have in the meanwhile. But i have a good feeling that my next 'puter will be Linux (or MacOS).

      I also get other people's old computers. So, my XP box is actually licensed (i have the Dell sticker still). But, i may use that as a license to install 98 instead. Legal or not, i don't c
  • I know everyone loves to give software recommendations, and I'm no different.

    Anyway, I use 7-zip [7-zip.org] as my de/compression software on Windows. It's free, has good performance, and the download is tiny. It supports a few different archive types, as well.

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