2126Re: [pop-pop-steamboats] Re: simple phlat boat design
- Jan 30, 2010frankmcneilll wrote:
> Hi Donald,Some of us remember when most software you could download was genuinely
> I have "silently observed" that most software offered as "free" is
> about as free as the cheese that trips a mouse trap.
freeware -- this was back in the days before so many companies found
ways to make money on the Internet by selling advertising or collecting
information to sell to advertisers (to let them "target" their
advertising). WinRAR is an example of true freeware, as was PKZIP back
in DOS days. Yes, lots of so-called freeware today is either
advertising laden, installs spyware, or is actually only a demo version
with critical features disabled -- but much isn't. Best example I can
call to mind: Open Office, a free office suite written in Sun Java,
available for Windows, Mac, and several Linux flavors, and the only
advertising in the entire suite is the link to Sun Microsystems that
shows in the splash screen.
Yes, you need to read the information before you install anything --
just like you need to read the ingredients before you eat something
unfamiliar (especially if you have severe food allergies, diabetes, high
cholesterol, etc.). That doesn't mean you should stop downloading
legally, any more than you should stop eating -- just that you need to
be careful, as with everything else in this overcrowded world.
If, through hard work and perseverance, you finally get what you want,
it's probably a sign you weren't dreaming big enough.
Donald Qualls, aka The Silent Observer http://silent1.home.netcom.com
Opinions expressed are my own -- take them for what they're worth
and don't expect them to be perfect.
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