Why I don't pay for software (and why sometimes I do)

Trust me or not, I've actually paid for (some) Mac Apps even after having cracked them.

You know sometimes you just feel that the developers deserve compensation for their work, i.e. I use a slightly patched version of SubEthaEdit (remove the "Highlight Syntax Warning" for big files and a few other small patches, that and... well the trial limit) but I did bought a license too. (No, Coding Monkeys I didn't register under KellogS name).

But I'm not writing this post to tell you how nice I am with software developers.

I did the mistake of buying a small, inexpensive*, application for my iPhone from the AppStore (yeah, yeah I know you can find all of them cracked over the net, that's not the point).

This application has been developed by a member of the so called "Delicious Generation". No if you ever read something about this "Delicious Generation" (AppZapper, Disco, ...), you may know that they care more about:

- pre-Release Hype
- Nice looking UI
- Hype
- Did I mention "hype" ?

Than:

- Features
- Support
- Releasing something past version 1.0 (which, probably shouldn't be called 1.0 in the first place)

Yes I do love nice looking UI (otherwise I would still be under Linux, wouldn't I ?) and let say that I can understand the 80/20 rule and live without some features (after all, the command line is there for something, isn't it ?).

But what I can't live without, is this:

Basic functionality doesn't work (in this case, internationalization issue that render the App useless). Probably not enough "Delicious Testing" ?

And more important than a broken App:

No fucking support, sent a mail more than a week ago, explaining the issue in details, even give hints as to how/where to fix this.... No answers!

Now, here's my point why should I pay for something without actually having a working application and/or some kind of support (or at least a, "we are aware of this issue, we're working on it") ?

What I should probably do, is patch every "Delicious Apps" out there and post them online, this way they can claim the application is dead and WON'T HAVE TO BOTHER WITH SUPPORT ANYMORE**


* inexpensive > useless
** But I won't, it's not because I feel ripped off that I should become a dick, but If I ever write an Essay about a "Delicious App", I won't protect/hide the application name this time....

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yeah a software cracker teaching developer how to do support, well well......

Anonymous said...

Probably knows the app better than the dev himself...

Anonymous said...

You are a complete sucker and a fucking pussy to boot too.

You should have cracked that app
and posted keygens/serials everywhere
you could. The fact that you actually
paid money for worthless software
written by con-artists/primadonas
taking advantage of OSX glitz and the
masses of sheep out there is beyond
contempt and i guess makes you part
of the herd too.

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KellogS said...

You know what they say about opinion, right ?

Anonymous said...

I am right on there with you. Yeah cracked apps can be had, sniffed serials can be used but in the end if I find myself using a certain application/program often I will purchase a legit license; but not if the price is border line gouging.

It's crazy some of the best software is free, we are very lucky to have great programs constantly coming out.

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