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13 12 2008
  • This lock-in behavior is the stupidity that comes with proprietary software. They need to find a way to keep you paying for the program over and over again. So they make features expire and other dirty tricks. Like changing files to make them incompatible (a la MS Office OOXML). The problem is that they lose any goodwill they previously had with the customer. My wife didn’t want to buy the next version of Money because of how mad she was. In this day and age with open source, libre software, and indie programming companies, people don’t have to stand for this type of lock-in. In fact, it was Quicken’s similar behaviour that first inspired the guy who programs MoneyDance to work on it.
  • The OS wars started a long time back, and are still continuing on now, with the open-source side bashing Windows fans and vice versa. Here’s a collection of over 30 funny anti-microsoft, pro-linux wallpapers from all over the internet. Enjoy!

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