Fred: Hello from Australia.
As a long-time supporter of Shareware (the first program I registered was
back in 1986… I think it was CompuShow) I felt compelled to add my two
cents worth to the WinZip thread in the last Langalist.
Like Paul Millard, I’ve been a registered user of WinZip since version 6.3
and have enjoyed the free updates for the last seven years.
With the release of version 10 I thought long and hard about upgrading and
gave the demo version a good workout. In the end I decided to upgrade to the
Pro version for $24.95 as it added extra features that were worth my while.
Given that there was a seven year gap between my purchases I don’t think
WinZip are being unreasonable.
Compare that to another recent Shareware purchase of mine where a major
revision came out just over three months after my original purchase. With
that product I was told that I was not eligible for a free upgrade as it was
a major revision. I understand that there has to be a cut-off point but I
felt cheated and have never used the utility since.
p.s. I love the Langalist Plus! Edition… worth every cent.
Cheers! —Paul B. Guy
"WinZip v10 Worth It?" NO! :-) The $14.95
upgrade was bought more out of curiosity, and the fact it was supposed to be
faster. I started with WinZip 1 and will end with version 10. Too many
companies are becoming once a year blood suckers. That is tolerable for Anti
Virus and Anti Spyware, but not WinZip. Give me free upgrades for minor bug
fixes, and I won’t mind buying an upgrade occasionally at a loyal users
price. Keep in mind that all this is due to Vector Capital and they want a
return on their investment: "Vector Capital’s software expertise could prove
especially valuable in helping steer WinZip to future growth. Vector’s
investment portfolio already contains such other well-known software
companies as Corel Corp., makers of WordPerfect Office, and JASC Software
Inc., makers of PaintShop Pro, which was folded into Corel." Even if the
above turns true it is unlikely that I will go any further since all I want
to do is "shrink" files and WinZip always did that well. —Frank Thomas
In the last issue, I mentioned
http://www.google.com/search?q=free+zip+compress as a good place to find
free and low-cost alternatives to WinZip, but (as usual!) many readers had
additional great suggestions:
Thwack! That was the sound of me slapping myself in the forehead.
Hi Fred. Was hoping to get your take on the release of
Hello Fred, as much as I enjoy reading every
issue of your newsletter, I didn’t actually have a need to ask anything
myself – until now. I have a problem with the Internet Explorer: once in a
while (sometimes few times a day, depending on use) my pc reboots, when I
click on a link in internet explorer. So far I could not notice any pattern,
but it always happens on a link clicking. I tried some debugging, but to no
effect. How would you recommend to approach this problem?
Our discussion on resurrecting water-soaked PCs
brought a (pardon the expression) flood of email. A sampling:
Dear Fred, I was wondering what would be a good strategy for
allocating hard disk space in terms of OS/Programs/Data.
Hi Fred-About a year ago, I got frustrated at the outrageous costs of textbooks at my
school. I started searching for alternatives and found that there are tons of
FREE textbooks online. The problem was, there was no way to find them without
spending hours on google.
I wonder if you have any comments on why win2000 will read some of my old win98
cdrw disks, and not others? Almost all were written with one or another version
of Nero or Roxio several years ago.
Is there any magic solution?