Hi all,

today i had a really unfriendly email from a customer 
and i would like to show what independent developers sometimes have to deal 

First some information...
i am selling a Win/Mac/Linux tool through Fastspring for years.
The software is protected using Zygodact from Jacqueline Landman Gay.
Btw. a really great tool.

The purchase process is quite easy. After successful purchase/payment 
Fastspring contacts post some data to a Livecode Server Script. If the 
Fastpring call contains all needed information the Livecode Server scripts call 
the Zygodact stack to generate the registration data for that order  and then 
returns that information. T he customer then get's an automated email from 
Fastspring which contains the details to unlock the software from demo mode to 
full mode. This works for years now and worked before Fastspring for years with 

Today this email arrived:

I plugged in the registration code and received a message that it was not valid 
for the current version that I had downloaded and that I had to send more money.

Either send me a valid code or refund my money.

Unless I hear from you today I will contact my bank and my credit card company 
and report this as a fraudulent charge.

Let me know what are your intentions.

The funny part is, my software does not return such a message. If the code is 
not accepted because email address and key code do not match, it just returns 
the message "Name or Key incorrect."

So what should i conclude from this? Did the customer try to unlock a wrong 
program? Or did he just interpret the message "Name or Key incorrect" as "You 
have to send more money"?

But what annoys me the most is the way he wrote the support request. 

As the friendly person i am, i tried his unlock data here w/o problem. I 
replied to him that the unlock data is definitely working and if that is not 
the case at his side, then i would assume that he either tried to use the 
unlock details with an other program not mine or that he did not exactly enter 
the unlock details.
I even offered a free one2one remote session to do the unlock process for him.

Until now i did not receive any answers.

Btw. according to his LinkeIn profile he is a Digital Journalist and Web 
Designer and is working for a US University....




Matthias Rebbe
Life Is Too Short For Boring Code

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