Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Hacker Helper-now with twice the common sense

As more and more people become upset with problems involving their rights to their software purchases, such as Wal-Marts now infamous letter to consumers warning them about an upcoming cessation of DRM support from the Wal-Mart servers (meaning if you bought digital music from Wal-Mart and don't have it backed up to a CD, it will soon be unusable) and other copyright issues, Apple has now begun adding to the list of consumer complaints due to their poor screening of the apps in their app store and not offering a try before you buy option.

After buying a few apps that were misleadingly represented, people are becoming disillusioned and piracy has become prevelent on the site. As reported on the site "Torrent Freak" "When game designer, James Bossert saw he that his Whack 'em All iPhone game had 400 new users in one day last week he initially got excited. But that sentiment quickly changed when he saw that only 12 people had paid 99 cents for the game on Apple's iPhone App Store. Bossert e-mailed the person who claimed to have cracked and distributed it and posted the response on his blog."

Now, this is where it gets interesting. Instead of mouthing off, the pirate suggested that Apple offer trial versions of the apps and that Bossert offer an ad-supported version of his game. The hacker, "Most_uniQue" said he used Crackulous, "one-tap" cracking software developed by Hackulous, to crack the app. After cracking 35 apps, he is retiring, he told Bossert in their surprisingly friendly e-mail exchange.

The software designer could have complained or accused or litigated but instead he took the helpful hacker's words to heart and said he plans to release a free, ad-supported version of Whack 'em All within a few weeks as a result of the piracy. "I'll leave the 99 cent version out there and see what happens," he added.

This got me thinking, I've downloaded free open source software for years and if I like it, I click the Paypal button and send some luv their way.

Now, logic dictates that as I'm a broke student and I donate for free software after I downloaded and used it, and Open Source software has been around for ages (long enough that it would have died out if people didn't donate)
Then, it only stands to reason that donating to developers who produce a quality product is a time honored tradition and thus a viable business model.

Agree? Disagree?
Until next time always remember...The Cake is a Lie...

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