pretty-software.com does the same as Find and Run Robot and it is really free
I shall ignore the obvious spammy factors of a first time poster, linking to a competitors products (Not sure if this guy is the dev, or just a fan...)
However, I wasn't aware that FARR, or in fact, ANYTHING from DC wasn't free...yes you need a license key in order to stop it moaning at you in like 6 months time...but...it is still free....Registering on the forum to get a key, is free...entering the key, is free...donating is 100% optional...so...it's free...and seeing as pretty-software also ask for donations, I don't see how anything other than the license key is different.
First, I do get your point.
as i've said many times before my frustration threshold is very low and when trying to install some software i can understand getting mad at having to do any extra step.
And you're far from the only one!
But consider this...
DC started in 2005. That's 10 years ago. Or, a epoch ago in Internet age.
Back in 2005 we (as software authors) were worried about spyware and adware and shady stuff in our software. We looked for ethical ways to create ties or links or bonds to customers, and opt-in licenses were one way, e.g. Expresso
used the same model.
Today giving away your email address has far more far reaching consequences.
And today a very large number of software authors are doing things that are at best unethical.
If anyone remembers OpenCandy
, I wrote a deconstruction of what was happening under the hood in OpenCandy
. I turned up nothing. There are good guys out there, but there are also a lot of bad guys.
Today, asking for an email address is a different thing.
In any event, I can understand that perception. It's a shame that we don't really have a good reputation system that isn't gamed.
So, the question is, is the OP's post an indication of a changing environment, or is it just a knee-jerk reaction from a 1-time poster? Dunno. The title drew me in, and the thread got me thinking a bit.