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- From: G Vishwanath <gvshwnth(--nospam--at)yahoo.com>
- Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2005 07:16:21 -0700 (PDT)
Paul wrote: --------------------------------- I can't be bothered reading EULAs anymore. I just use the software because I want/need it. I don't have much option after I've made the basic choice of function and price. -------------------------------------- While on the subject of EULAs, here is a tip that I came across recently. I have no use for it. I don't read EULAs anyway. Those of you who do may find this of interest. ================ EULAlyzer While downloading one seldom reads completely the End User License Agreement page. Feed the text of an EULA you are curious about and the utility analyzes the text for any potentially noteworthy words and phrases. The 1.72 MB EULAlyzer v.1.0 can be downloaded at http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/eulalyzerdl.html ====================== Scott wrote: --------------------------- And don't get me started on "dongles". I have serious problems with being treated like a criminal when I honestly pay for something. I understand that companies must protect their software from piracy, but some of the policies that accompany the use of "dongles" are objectionable at best (i.e. companies that make you buy the program AGAIN if you lose your "dongle",... ---------------- That rings an ancient bell. Once upon a time, In 1989. In my previous job, we had purchased an expensive application package. Those were the DOS years. This application package needed a so called "Master Diskette" to be inserted in drive A: If the diskette was absent, the software would not work. This diskette was supposedly copy proof. Our systems guys tried to explain it to me by saying it had some "laser hole". After a few months of use, something happened to this diskette. It was no longer effective. The software stopped working and displayed a message that the master diskette was not to be found even though it was perched safe and snug in Drive A. We wrote to the vendor and offered to return the master diskette they had supplied and asked for another one. They refused and asked us for the full price of a new license. Those responsible for the purchase finally read the fine print in the EULA I can picture them wringing their hands in despair while the marketing guys at the vendor's office smirked and grinned in glee. This incident had infuriated us those days. Our ire was directed only at the vendors. The software was popular with us. Out of helplessness, we paid up grudgingly and got a duplicate diskette issued to us. The next version came out in a year or so. We had got used to this package and reluctantly ordered the next version and paid the cost of the upgrade. It was stiff but still not as bad as having to pay for a fresh license. Like last time, this too came with a master diskette. This time, believe it or not, the software company GOOFED UP badly. The software was okay. It was the copy protection scheme that they messed up royally. If the Master diskette was inserted, it would display the message "Master diskette not found" and it would go back to the Dos prompt. If any other floppy diskette was inserted, the software opened its gates to us. The programmer had obviously goofed. His "If ...then GoTo .." statements were probably crossed! A crooked genius in our midst with serendipity as one of his qualities, also stumbled on the fact that for both this and the previous version, disabling the Drive A while booting was equivalent to an Open Sesame for the users of this application. It simply dismissed the "sentry" and rolled out the red carpet welcome for the user. Understandably, no one was eager to report this glitch to the vendors. The going was too good to last. In less than a week the company's local sales executive, looking smarter with a new tie and briefcase turned up apparently for "after sales service" and to supply us "free" a last minute version with some updates and improvements" which he claimed was a gesture to loyal users. We made him do a merry go round, around our huge office, with 300 employees, spread on three floors, and asked him to locate who was having it at the moment. The poor fellow did not protest. He dared not. He finally got back his diskettes but not before some vengeful colleagues of mine made a copy of the previous diskettes. The previous experience with this company had made them immune to the pricks of conscience. They were busy using and sharing with gay abandon this bugged copy. Soon this bugged version was doing its rounds all over the city and perhaps the country too. Alas, all this is now history. No one uses this package any more. ============ Dave Lowen wrote: -------------------- How it looks to me. The big 3 stop selling cars. They now sell licenses to drive their cars. << >> <Snip> And now a gag order included with your license??? =================== Dave, Your post reminds me of the stormy debate on the steel-detail discussion list we had about three years ago on this subject. I had fulminated against these practices by software companies. My views (controversial and unpopular then) remain unchanged. I had opined that the effort that goes into developing a software package is not too different from that which goes into authoring a good book. Authors don't behave like software companies. You can freely sell your copy of the book. Having paid for it, it was yours to do as you please. Imagine the absurdity of the situation if an author told you he had merely given you a license to read it. Your car analogy may not be apt as the car cannot be replicated as easily as the software. But books can. So what is good enough for the book business should be good enough with a few modifications, for the software business. Software developers use the theories and formulas developed by scientists, academicians and others and exploit them commercially without sharing the revenue with those unsung heroes. They put disclaimers and duck when it comes to taking responsibility for the accuracy and reliability of the software. This new rule (gagging the user) is simply ridiculous. It is gratifying to note that there is, within the software community, a realization of the absurdity of the business practices indulged in. They have rebelled and Open Source is their answer to the exploitative practices of orthodox software firms. Nowadays, for nearly every expensive software package that is popular and comes with these unreasonable conditions, there is an equivalent or near equivalent "free" software package available for most common applications. I use freebies a lot. There is a bonanza on the web awaiting those willing to search and hunt them them down. If none are available for special problems or applications, I develop my own software. I haven't used MS Word in years and I don't miss it at all. Ever since free pdf writers made their appearance, I have not felt the need to use Adobe software. I am typing this using a cute and compact word processor utility that an unsung genius developed. It's feature rich and has wisely chosen only those features on which it should be rich. It has facilities that I use which even MS Word does not boast of. It is my deep regret that I am unable to send the obscure author the paltry $10 he politely requested from users to encourage him in his efforts. His e mail address bounced, when I wrote to him expressing my appreciation and telling him my difficulties in sending such a small amount from overseas. If I ever meet him, I would give him a warm hug in addition to the $10 he is content with. Regards Vish (G Vishwanath, Bangalore, India) __________________________________ Yahoo! Mail - PC Magazine Editors' Choice 2005 http://mail.yahoo.com ******* ****** ******* ******** ******* ******* ******* *** * Read list FAQ at: http://www.seaint.org/list_FAQ.asp * * This email was sent to you via Structural Engineers * Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) server. To * subscribe (no fee) or UnSubscribe, please go to: * * http://www.seaint.org/sealist1.asp * * Questions to seaint-ad(--nospam--at)seaint.org. Remember, any email you * send to the list is public domain and may be re-posted * without your permission. Make sure you visit our web * site at: http://www.seaint.org ******* ****** ****** ****** ******* ****** ****** ********
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