I have sympathy for Crystal Rich. I like their software very much, and they are really marketing Zentimo aggressively because of their previous lifetime licenses they offered for USB Safely Remove. A lot of the lifetime users like me criticized them for launching Zentimo, which is sort of the same thing with a few more powerful features. I understand the criticism, and it's valid, but at the same time, what are they supposed to do? Lifetime licenses make it impossible for a business to run. And with the proliferation of tablets and smartphones, the market for small shareware applications is being dwindled down. Shareware companies that were once able to make a living providing really awesome utilities for Windows users can't make it anymore. Most Windows users demand freeware, and won't consider paying for anything anymore. Apps have taken the place of these shareware programs.
I'm frustrated because I LOVED shareware, and I'm glad I was able to experience to golden era of it. unfortunately, our financial system really doesn't encourage these types of small-market businesses. To be successful now, you have to play the game of mediocrity. Big bloated software suites, cloud applications, anything that artificially binds you to some kind of money-sucking system for no reason. Software companies today will kill themselves to get people to pay monthly for anything. No more buying things when only you need it. Recurring payments is the name of the game today. Why is it so hard to buy a tablet without having to get some kind of "plan" with it? Be wary, this is the way everything is going. next thing you know, you can't buy a computer without having to purchase a monthly data plan with it. You can't buy a TV without having to buy a cable subscription.
It reminds me of the whole "extended warranty" scam that used to be (or still is?) the main gimmick of the 80's and 90's. That's where the real money was made. Now, it's whatever BS monthly charges everyone wants.
And who suffers? Consumers. Small companies like Crystal Rich. it saddens me because they are the guys that are making the truly useful software. The stuff that we actually want, that fills a specific need.