Nate here, from Xtracycle.
Sorry longtailtech is down - we did a server migration two weeks ago that went pretty well. Obviously - still have some work to do. It will be back up soon under a Developers tab on our site.
We added password protection just to learn more about who is using our ideas and what they're doing. Really just as a way of increasing communication.
Originally we designed this page as a wiki page that would be editable by anyone - but no one added content. We were feeling a little bit like we gave a lot, and didn't see the ideas and community growing (our main intent behind releasing our ideas as open source). That's not to say it wasn't growing - it was just hidden from us by virtue of the anonymity of the internet.
Adding a password to the files allowed us to interact with the visitors to that site in a positive way, and understand more about how our ideas were trickling out into the world.
We were amazed at the number of requests - literally 6 - 12 people a week were writing in. We had no idea you all were out there in such force!
Anyone who has written in for a password might attest to our friendly emails and quick turnaround on getting what you need.
If you visited /longtailtech before our site changed servers - you would have noticed some more nuanced language around who owns the source and what it's release is intended for. We didn't have any lawyers involved, just poked around the internet looking at how software developers both protect their code, and involve others in it's improvement.
Essentially, we welcome your engagement with our ideas, and we hope, maybe even expect, feedback, ideas, improvements, and a community driven motivation towards growing the impact that our inventions might have on the world.
If you need the drawings - please just send us a note (email@...
), we'll forward them along with a password, and we'll be looking forward to seeing what you create!
COO || Xtracycle Inc.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Troy" <troysmith80@...> wrote:
> I emailed the longtailtech address and got a quick response and a nice little bit of conversation to boot. I just saved the files to my computer so i can access them whenever i want.
> I agree, a password seems to be awfully weak protection, but perhaps it meets some kind of legal requirement that would make defending their intellectual property much easier in court, should the need arise? Maybe not, just a wild guess.
> --- In email@example.com, "akatemik" <akatemik@> wrote:
> > > If you send us an email to support@, we can respond to it directly and supply you the password. Cheers.
> > I did email the longtailtech@ address last month, but haven't got a reply. I'll try the support@ address too, but at least update the right address to the wiki.
> > And what comes to the protection, if I wanted to copy freeradical without ever contacting the Xtracycle just by walking to the local bike shop, asking for a test ride and measuring everything behind the first corner. So I fail to see how this is supposed to prevent any commercial piratism from happening.
> > Frankly, I consider it just the same as copy protection on CDs: stops absolutely nobody who makes it his business to make copies, but annoys the hell out of customers who find out their CDs don't work in their media PCs.
> > I guess from now on I have to keep the schematics on dropbox or something in case the password keeps changing (which it must for it to have any kind of effect).