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Today is International Shareware Day

08 December 2018 is International Shareware Day.

Sorry, but it’s also another of the crazy wandering days, set to fall on the second Saturday of December, so in 2019 it will fall on… 08 December! Yes, same date, but that’s just a coincidence. I think it will be 12 December in 2020.

It seems the first piece of software called ‘freeware’ was PC-Talk, a telecommunications program created by Andrew Fleugelman in 1982, who called the undertaking “an experiment in economics more than altruism”. The term ‘shareware’ was first used with the program PC-Write (a word processing tool), created and released by Bob Wallace in early 1983.

I have to confess to being eternally grateful for this sort of software, or I’d never have been able to get many things done.

While this type of software is low (or zero) cost, yet is often very good, the same cannot always be said for commercial software costing thousands.

I think part of the problem with that stuff is ‘feature creep’, where more and more functionality is piled into it, to justify its sometimes insane cost. It would probably work a lot better, and be a lot more reliable if it concentrated on what it supposed to do, rather than be a means to crank the price tag up and up.

Sadly, even shareware gets complicated.




Dec 8, 2018 - Posted by | Blogroll |

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