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Windows 7: Nothing has changed in past 35+ years?

14 Sep 2012   #1

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Nothing has changed in past 35+ years?

Reading the open letter to computer hobbyists Bill Gates wrote back in 1976, looks like nothing has changed. Quite a big part of us enthusiasts still follow the basic principle Gates told in the letter: buy hardware, steal software.

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Kari


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14 Sep 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Reading the open letter to computer hobbyists Bill Gates wrote back in 1976, looks like nothing has changed. Quite a big part of us enthusiasts still follow the basic principle Gates told in the letter: buy hardware, steal software.

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Kari
I buy hardware AND I buy software (unless it's Open Source, then it's free) But, there is one problem these days with paying for software. The big corporations are bossing us around telling us what we can and can't do with our software. That really makes me mad. As the old saying goes "Respect is a two way street." If the big corporations want us to respect them by buying their software, then they need to let us do more with the software we buy and let us have freedom.
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14 Sep 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Only thing that sucks about buying software is like some games and apps like microsoft word have this type of DRM were it gives you limted installs and uninstalls and activations .I hate that,lost a copy of microsoft word 2003 just because apparently i installed to many times and the key went bad even though I paid money for it and should be able to use it as long as i want and as many times as i want.Pretty much avoid any software with that dumb limitation. That's the biggest problem I have with software vendors,if they stopped doing that then I would probably buy them but i still buy but don't get software with any thing like that. Sad thing is that the ppl who don't buy it don't run into this because they bypass it and will be able to use it as much as they want I usually end up looking for something similar or cheaper or just not get it at all and I the legit buyer usually get more screwed over then the pirate does. Also they over price there software too a lot of times at launch
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14 Sep 2012   #4

Vista Home Premium, contemplating moving to Linux
 
 

I use OpenOffice myself. I read recently on their forums that they aren't going to make a version for tablets. Libre, an off-shoot of OO, is working on a tablet version of Open Office.
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15 Sep 2012   #5

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

I also hate using bought software when they have restrictions after a certain period or any other sort of limitations. I don't buy such software and buy 'for life' with sometimes using the free updates but usually not the paid ones. I also have lots of good freeware for which I probably should donate since they are as good as I would want. The only software I can see a justification for yearly paying is in anti-virus and I am willing to pay for this since my particular one (NIS) has protected me efficiently for a long time without any malware problems.

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15 Sep 2012   #6

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

One problem that I see with "shareware" or the "Pay if you like it" software is that many many people do not contribute the suggested donation. So the authors tend to restrict functions in order to get people to pay.
I have paid hundreds of dollars to shareware authors in the past 25 years. I believe my first was PC-TALK and the second was LIST.

Rich
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16 Sep 2012   #7

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richnrockville View Post
One problem that I see with "shareware" or the "Pay if you like it" software is that many many people do not contribute the suggested donation. So the authors tend to restrict functions in order to get people to pay.
I have paid hundreds of dollars to shareware authors in the past 25 years. I believe my first was PC-TALK and the second was LIST.

Rich
You are making me feel really guilty - good job I advertise their products on forums such as this when I can.

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