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Sun 17 Aug 2003

The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

Category : Commentary/hell.txt

I don't know why but this phrase keeps cropping up. It's been an interesting experience, putting up a piece of software on the 'Net, and seeing it getting sucked into people's machines thousands of times. But it's time to take stock.

Firstly, I'm going to stop being the Agony Aunt. It's bad for my health. Don't think so? Just take a look at this.

My position with Sendmail Enabler is this. I know it works. I know it's helped many people. But I don't know half as much as I wish I do about sendmail, and router, and firewall, and stuff. I can't solve the world's problems and I don't want to try.

If it helps people and they're thoughtful enough to pay the shareware fee. That's really fine. In fact, from the definition of shareware, there is a moral obligation to pay the fee - because it's not freeware. But it's shareware because we're really not ready to make it a commercial product, with commercial-grade support. Like sooloo says, period.

If you're going to come and ask me for help, please don't dangle the promise of paying the shareware fee. It's already done its job and I owe no one anything. At this point, I believe I'm doing this of my own free will and I want to enjoy it. Don't keep thinking only of your own problems. I may have a family. I may have a kid. And I may have a kid who is sick.

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