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[REBOL] Re: <rant> Re: Giving up Rebol?/binary skip

From: chalz::earthlink::net at: 11-Dec-2002 14:14

> I think it is offensive, and disrespectful. > > (Je n'ai malheureusement pas assez de mots en anglais pour exprimer > à quel point cette attitude méprisante me consterne. > Quelle déception ! quel gâchis ! ) > > -Patrick > Rebol user
Ya know, they DO have a business to run. See how much free help you get from Microsoft with personal problems with their products! When you've got people doing JUST tech support, if you're paying them, you're taking money from the programmers' hands to pay for that tech support. It's vastly common for pay-support contracts. Even most ISPs offer free help, but also require you pay extra for support on certain advanced topics. And sometimes, that's why a product or service is costs more somewhere than elsewhere - because of the support they offer. No one who starts a business is doing it to benefit the human race, man. It's to make money, so you can survive, so you can do something you don't despise forever. And yes, ultimately, when it comes down to it, life is basically about money in our nice little global community, because you need money to pay bills and buy food. Have you purchased any REBOL products? If so, then you might have some reason to complain there. I haven't paid, and I don't make undue demands on them. I would LIKE to buy some of their products, but I can't afford to. Not because the prices are unreasonable, but simply because I'm just a hobbyist, I don't make money using REBOL. It's WONDERFUL as a free tool - I love it! And if I were using it to make money, then certainly I would buy their software - because I would really love a copy of Command. Like with my blacksmithing - I just use it as a hobby, so I haven't subscribed to the local chapter, all of $35/yr. But I don't make enough from the hobby to warrant the expense, so I don't complain about what they do or don't offer, when I /do/ get free stuff from them. *pant pant* Sorry, going off track. Basically, they are a business. They have employees to pay, bills to pay, taxes to pay, contracts to pay. Sure, they could use a nice Geocities website for free instead of that god awfully expensive dedicated server, and rely upon donated assistance from the community *snickers*, and beg people to send them donations to help support the movement. Course, then they'll have to do all of this /alongside/ their normal lives and jobs, as opposed to *being* their jobs. Lots of people have expressed they'd love to be able to code REBOL for a living, because they enjoy it. But you still can't do it full time, because income is required, no matter how much fun it is. Anyways, sorry, </rant>. Go for PHP or Python or whatever completely free and miserably undocumented and complicated other products there are with "maybe you'll get a response from the developer in 36hrs if it's direly important, but don't bet on it" support. Be happy. --Charles REBOL Hobbyist