I don't think I'd depend on that policy being permanent - I said
in June it was going to be a baiting effort; I still think it is.
They just want a well entrenched user base before they end the
So, if you're playing with it, great; but do NOT depend on it
if you don't plan to eventually pay for it. You'll likely end up
with orphaned dwgs or looking for crackers.
Also, look for a big drop in the Pro pricetag when the freebie
ends, purportedly to make it easier on those who are "hooked" on
it. Maybe in the form of a "special deal" for Beta testing.
AVOID EVER DEPENDING ON A BETA FOR ANY REASON!!
today's posting. I remember reading it and thinking, well maybe in this
case, Google might be different. Wishful thinking -- they're a publicly
traded company who are going to have to answer to Wall Street's demand
of continually maximizing profits, and your outline/predictions do
summarize a very savvy, if not predatory, strategy to gain market share.
When the small competitors are driven out, then the resulting
oligopoly can then pluck the consumers.
(Pop: I'd have sent this privately, but it looks like the only way to
reach you is to post publicly; I acknowledge this is getting far from
the topic of woodworking.)
Not a problem; that's by design, in fact.
I prefer to avoid direct contacts not due to the people I meet
online but rather the ones I don't meet; namely, email address
scraping robots. Likewise I don't contact people in groups
either without first asking permission. It's almost always
preferable to have one's thoughts in the clear anyway so
everyhone may benefit in case a snippet of good infor sneaks
in<g>, IMO, and if it's something you don't want noted for prosperity the "X-no archive..." attribute gives it at least a
sense of a short life in archives<g>. I don't use that either
unless I'm just "gabbing", which isn't too often.
And, I don't really find it off topic, though others may
disagree. I'm usually easy to get along with<g>.
lol, I hope you're right for your sake! That's a lot of trust
for one to put into BETA software and backward compatability for
the Released version!
If you guys really want to know, why don't you go after Google
and get the word from the horse's (whichever end you prefer
here)? They're the ones with the answers.
In fact, this might even make an interesting Google search
exercise. I'll bet they're counting and tagging posts like this.
BETA sofware is ONLY good for play, not for work!
Check C:\Windows\system for...
All are added by the install. If left, the time thing may be in one (didn't
see any in registry but there are a ton & I didn't peruse them carefully).
There are also a number of files in Program Files\InstallShield Installation
Information\ In particular, there is
apparently license info in the cab file...at least, such is referenced by
layout.bin. The cab file isn't readable with normal zip compression
programs - Winrar & PowerArchiver at least.
I knew one of you wouild be along shortly here! Just because you
know what the processes end up being in cases like this does not
in any way mean the masses do. It's also called venting and
getting it off their chests and lots of other healthy things.
When I read your short post I thought to myself, "Well, then
why are YOU bitching about other people bitching?" But I just
thought it; I won't say it out loud. Shh, don't tell anyone!
So I says to msyelf, "Self, ... ."
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