Journal: News & Comment

Tuesday, August 15, 2006
# 7:55:00 PM:

A rule of software

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I think I've figured out a rule for downloadable software:

  • If its website contains a picture of a product box (even if there is no way to get the product in an actual box under any circumstances) or uses frequent exclamation marks, or both, then chances are the software costs money. See here, here, here, here, and here.
  • If there is no product box shot or exclamation marks are few, or both, chances are the software is free, open source, or donationware. See here, here, here, here, and here.

It's not a hard and fast rule, but it works much of the time.


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