Please forgive me, Jody, my philosophy of life is very wrong: I think everything should be free. I'm too idealistic and naive.
Brother, there is no need for an apology. I don't think your philosophy of life is, as you put it, wrong. Given the world we live in, I don't think it's very realistic, but it's not wrong.
Another bad side of mine is that I'm always grateful by default for everything that's offered for free but I rarely express it, considering it implied, which is - unfortunately - not always the case.
Please don't worry about it. As mouser knows, I am not the type of person that writes software for any type of accolades. I was brought up with the saying, "If a friend asks for help, you help them." The satisfaction I get from being able to share what I'm capable of is enough for me. In fact, it makes me quite uncomfortable to toot my own horn or to directly solicit donations. That said, every
donation makes me feel utterly humbled
that somebody would part with their own money for something I've offered for free.
And pointing out bugs or asking for features doesn't help at all,
Quite the opposite, actually. Without bug reports and feature requests, my applications would not be what they are.
although all that is just out of this darn innate perfectionism - the desire to see a good thing better, to help its creator, not to do myself a favor.
And that's how I take them. I like fixing things and making them better, so please keep on reporting bugs and requesting features. I'll do my best to get to them...or tell you no. Hahaha.
So thank you Jody for everything you've done and still doing for us all, for free. And hopefully you'll find a way to get this script working again, firstly for yourself. Good luck!
You are most welcome. And, yes, I hope like hell I hear back from Yahoo! and get sWeather working again. It's one of my favourite apps and I, myself, use it daily.
As to the original topic. If sWeather is dead, then so be it.
It's not dead until I say so...and I haven't said so.
I think that 'free' is often misinterpreted, especially on the side of the receiver. 'Free' is never free, the costs are either absorbed by someone else, or are in a form that you don't immediately realize. People thought that Facebook was free. They were wrong. They were buying the ability to use Facebook with their privacy. In the same way, skwire offers these programs for free, but he absorbs the cost, whether he does it because he wants to or not, it takes his time and resources.
Beautifully put, wraith808. Yes, programming does cost me time, resources, and more grey hair. However, I accept that fully and cheerfully, otherwise I wouldn't do it.
I think if more people thought about things in that way, they might be more appreciative (and in some cases skeptical) of the people that provide free things.
It's all good. All good.
FWIW, I offer my programs as freeware for the following reasons:
- I thoroughly enjoy programming. It's a great feeling to be able to create something useful for myself and others.
- It's my way of giving back to the internet, at large, for all the other freeware I've used myself over the years.
- IMHO, I have a knack for taking somebody's idea for a piece of software and making it into something tangible for them. This is the whole idea behind our Coding Snacks forum and I one-hundred percent love doing this for people.
- As I mentioned before, offering my software as freeware means that, though I try to do so, I am not obligated to provide any type of support, bug fixes, feature requests, etc. I have a family, a full-time job, and plenty of other hobbies that (mostly, haha ) come first.