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- To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
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- From: "Dennis S. Wish PE" <wish(--nospam--at)cwia.com>
- Date: Fri, 9 Oct 1998 16:21:20 -0700
Please be careful about the term "bugs" since the majority of "bugs" that exist in software are actually the users lack of understanding on how to use the software. I am not saying that Sib has a valid or invalid claim, but would not want to make the implication that free software is any more or less "buggy" than the software I paid for. I recently purchased an IBM product for voice recognition. I use this to automate tasks within Autocad. I found that the software saves macros only to data files and these macros need to be recreated each time I start a new drawings. I am not sure if this is a bug since I only just alerted IBC by email to this problem. It may be that I misunderstood the instruction or that it was never meant to be used with Autocad or other similar software. In my first email response from tech support, I was told that the problem was a buggy Windows 98 MSAA file and that Microsoft was responsible. My point is that I invested in this software, spent a great deal of time learning how to use it only to find that it may not be compatible with my specific need. This is not necessarily a bug. I have had my share of problems with Autocad for an investment of over $2,700.00 at the time I purchased it. I find conflicts from one program due to another loaded in the background. So far, no program that I have run has ever been error free. The only software that I would not recomment for full time use is BETA software which is intended to be used to find bugs that might exist and correct them prior to placing on the market. Dennis Wish PE -----Original Message----- From: Sibco6756(--nospam--at)aol.com [mailto:Sibco6756(--nospam--at)aol.com] Sent: Friday, October 09, 1998 12:30 PM To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org Subject: Re: COMP:Freeware? Stan, To support the "Busy Earl" you responded to. I myself have attempted to use the so called "freeware" on certain of my projects, with the enercalc frame program being an example. I have found that I spent much more time learning the methods and bugs in the program than should have been neccesary to perform the work. I have found that you often get the value that you have payed for when you buy software, though there are exceptions to this saying. Time to me is very valuable and I prefer to use a software that will help me get work done as quickly as possible. Perhaps then the "cheapest" may not be the optimum. respectfully, -Sib
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