Thu 29 Jan 2004
Category : Commentary/friends.txt
Mike (Michel Poulain) sent me a bunch of stuff - a nice little script to attach to a mail server to stop viruses coming in (it works with Virex which comes with a .Mac account), a collection of PC viruses to test on, and, best of all, a nice icon for Postfix Enabler. All these, plus the French localisation that I've already released on the Postfix Enabler page.
He says, "It was just to complete your book on the human nature. You get support AND thanks AND money from people too. ;-)".
He's right. I told him I was just going to write about this. About how doing shareware is a lot like being a street musician, with people throwing pennies into the open guitar case (and that's when people are at least being appreciative), but there are also times when you've got to put up with a bit of ridicule, and there are, of course, the people who sponge up on your music but wouldn't pay.
But, if we don't go out into the street, we wouldn't meet the other wonderful people who're also out there, getting as much out of life as they put into it. So, it's been a wonderful experience about sharing, and that is something that has to be written about.
And, just like being a street musician (the last chapter of a pretty fun book that I just read, "Floating Off the Page", ends on that note), you've got to have a higher purpose. I'm curious where this will lead. And when you get people like Mike and also Terry Allen plying you with stuff to add to Postfix Enabler, it's a bit hard to stop, at this point, though I had meant to.
So there'll be a next release with RBL (Real-Time Blocking) and anti-virus support. It'll be great to have SpamAssassin but I'm not sure how I would be able to bundle in a binary, and whether I'm allowed to in the first place. But I've got SpamAssassin working on a test server and it works great. The thing is to figure out how you can plug in Mike's solution or Anome, with or without SpamAssassin, depending on what a user wants. Easy to dream about, hard to do.