LOL, so true.

--- Bagotronix Tech Support
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> > As for market forces on software prices, I'm going
> to do my part. I'm
> > done buying any new Microsoft OS's after Win2K
> (due to their licensing
> > and privacy policies) and Altium (because of
> pricing/support/utility
> > -per-dollar issues). So I guess I may only be one
> person, but I'm
> > voting with my checkbook. In the meantime, I'll
> keep looking for better
> > alternatives while using what works OK for me.
> Sure am glad this isn't
> > "rented" software! ;-)
> 
> You are not alone.  As I have said before on this
> list, W2K and Office 2000
> are the last Microsoft products I will be buying
> unless they scrap their new
> licensing policies and cut the prices.  Likewise
> with future Protel
> versions; 99SE will be it.  It's a shame, because in
> many ways W2K and
> Protel 99SE are excellent products.  Further
> improvements on them would be a
> wonderful thing, but the new licensing and pricing
> is a killer.
> 
> You can not only work with your checkbook, you can
> also evangelize others
> about the issues at stake.  I have been warning
> friends and family about
> what is happening with software licensing, with
> mixed results.  I get a lot
> of apathy.  It will be that way until one day they
> turn on their PC and it
> says (names changed to protect the guilty):
> 
> "Your Winblows license has expired.  For your
> convenience, we have your
> credit card information on file.  So that we may
> continue to serve you,
> please click on 'OK' to renew your Winblows license.
>  Your credit card will
> then be charged $199 for a one-year license renewal.
>  If you click on
> 'cancel', you will be charged a one-time fee of $99
> to cover processing
> costs of removing your computer information from the
> central license
> registration database.  Should you decide to renew
> later, you will be
> charged an addtional $99 processing fee to add your
> computer information
> back to the central license registration database,
> in additon to the rate
> for a new license, which is currently $299.  Should
> you desire to contest
> these charges, please recall in the End User's
> License Agreement that by
> using the software, you agreed to not use credit
> card chargeback procedures.
> Should you attempt to reclaim files from this
> computer's hard disk without
> first renewing your Winblows license, any
> .NYET-enabled files will report
> their being opened to the central license
> registration database, possibly
> leading to your prosecution under the Digital
> Millenium Copyright Act for
> felony charges of attempting to defeat software
> security measures.   Thank
> you for using Macrohard products."
> 
> OK, that was not a statement of fact, but a
> prediction of how it might go.
> In any case, it was fun to write.  And it (or
> something like it) COULD
> happen.
> 
> Best regards,
> Ivan Baggett
> Bagotronix Inc.
> website:  www.bagotronix.com
> 
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Matt Pobursky" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> To: "Protel EDA Forum"
> <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Sent: Friday, August 02, 2002 5:59 PM
> Subject: Re: [PEDA] Upgrade Pricing Ethics WAS: Not
> DXP or P99SE, but have
> you seen the Cadence offer!!!!
> 
> 
> 
> 
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