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Luke Macken
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The minor is finally here! Congrats to +Remy D and +Stephen jacobs for making this a reality.
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+Jay Greguske are you crazy? that's patented too, words that are composed of letters of the alphabet followed by others in a sequence using social networking on a graphic is patented :D
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Does anyone even remember what shareware is? What is the equivalent to shareware today? Distributing software yourself on the Internet? Sort of. I'd say it's more analogous to the various app stores: Google Play, Apple App Store, Windows Store. Going directly to the users. But they found shareware games didn't work, at least initially:

When it came time to distribute the games, Scott took a long, hard look at the shareware market. He liked what he saw: the fact that he could run everything himself without having to deal with retailers or publishers. So he followed suit, putting out two text-based games in their entirety and waiting for the cash to roll in. But the cash didn’t roll; it didn’t even trickle. Gamers, he realized, might be a different breed from those consumers who actually paid for utility shareware. They were more apt simply to take what they could get for free. Scott did some research and realized he wasn’t alone; other programmers who had released games in their entirety as shareware were broke too. People may be honest, he thought, but they’re also generally lazy. They need an incentive.

Then he got an idea. Instead of giving away the entire game, why not give out only the first portion, then make the player buy the rest of the game directly from him? No one had tried it before, but there was no reason it couldn’t work. The games Scott was making were perfectly suited to such a plan because they were broken up into short episodes or “levels” of play. He could simply put out, say, fifteen levels of a game, then tell players that if they sent him a check he would send them the remaining thirty.
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IMO this is the only unbeatable Windoz application, the only reason for Windoz to exists. I remember myself in the 90ies as a completely happy Winamp user, and I still don't see any alternatives in a OSS worls.

There are some likely FOSS contenders but they all either big and slow (Amarok, etc), feature-incomplete, or both. For example poor CUE support is a plague among the Linux media players - I've found the only one player with a decent CUE support, foobnix.
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Way cool find.  I am sure they could pull out way more stats, although no particularly exciting ones come to mind ha.
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  • Rochester Institute of Technology
    Computer Science, 2002 - 2007
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I hack on the Fedora Project
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    Principal Software Engineer, 2005 - present
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