I had spoken to The Daring Dufus earlier today (btw, Mara, Hans, “2600 et. al.” he says ‘hi’!) and we got on the subject of RSS feeds and newsgroups and the like. I read so many varied feeds in my Google Reader. I found it funny that he and I read a lot of the same things. My faves are of course the local feeds. I love tech feeds. I also love reading the *ahem* “available software” feeds … honestly, that’s how I “shop” for new software to buy. A lot of what I now use I have found via “alternative” means and to be honest it tickles me when I tell people that (much to their surprise!) I buy what I use. LOL!
For instance, today I saw entries for PHP Designer 2007 (used to be free and isn’t half bad if you need a Macromedia/Adobe alternative coding app), various financial reporting software titles, and several smaller shareware apps that I already own.
When I decide to buy something, I tell the author/company exactly how I found the software — and that I find most of my tools that way. Unconventional, yes … but to tell you the truth, it’s the best way to truly evaluate something before you decide to buy it. Let’s face it, almost no one offers unlimited “try before you buy” and I’ve bought my fair share of bad apps — never again!
I had expressed this to a friend, much to her chagrin and she jokingly (or, at least I hope!) told me that she hopes I “get busted for stealing.” Nevermind the fact that I have copies of all of my licenses, so I can vouch for my installed software. And even though I almost always end up buying what I download and try out (if I don’t, it’s gone), she says the ends don’t justify the means.
What do you think?