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May 5, 2007

Not So Freeware

Like most people, I have on occasion needed some software that I didn’t have, but also didn’t have money to buy. So I do a Google search for the next best thing: freeware.

Freeware is supposed to be just that, free. But it seems that there are some software authors out there who don’t have a clue. It always cracks me up to see statements like “to keep this software free, please donate”.

Either the software is free, or it’s not. You can’t have it both ways.

On a related note, the big dust up over at Digg a few days ago is still causing ripples to flow though the blogosphere. What’s amazed me most is that I’ve seen a few authors, of both software and books, come out in support of what the Digg owners finally did, which is to capitulate to a bunch of hooligans who have no respect for intellectual property. So I guess that means if someone steals their software codes and publishes it on the net, they’ll be all for it right?

Somehow, I don’t think so.

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