Re: [NTLK] free newt paint

From: Stephen Jendraszak (
Date: Tue Mar 05 2002 - 00:57:53 EST

I dunno. On the one hand, I am not insensitive to the need for
companies/people to alter the price of goods when people who cannot
afford the goods literally NEED them... like food and medicine (AIDS
mediation in Africa is a good example... companies actually charge more
there that in some developed countries, although the need in Africa is
great, and the price of their increase margins in lost human lives in
immense. This is corporate irresponsibility.). However, we are talking
about software here. The very fact that a person owns a computer, and a
Newton... it puts this conversation on a whole different level. The fact
that you have enough wealth to own a computer, and that the software
that you want is a luxury, I think makes it unfair to ask for a sliding
scale. Just my $.02.


On Tuesday, March 5, 2002, at 12:12 AM, Alex wrote:
> Sure, paying for shareware is a good thing. Seems like a fair
> concept. You try, you like, you buy. But, there are some other
> issues.... what about income disparity? Within North America, and
> especially, in countries around the world where $20US is mucho$$$
> I personally like the idea of NON-CRIPPLED shareware.... that way,
> those who can, pay, and those who can't don;t get left out completely.
> Sure, I know the argument goes, most ppl who can pay, won;t. But in
> this Newton Community? I doubt that's true. And even if it is, my
> first point is still factual. $20USD can be a lot of money in some
> places and to some ppl.
> So.... tips on how to get software for free, or for some hassle (as
> in this case), should be welcomed on this list. I don;t see the
> immorality here that other users obviously see.
> I see more immorality in basing shareware fees on US dollars, and
> having no sliding scale payment system, that takes into account the
> very real differences in ppl's situations.
> ~Alex
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