Some nifty application caught your eye? Do you figure it will come in handy? You actually need this program to do your chores? Earn money with it, even? Or do you just want to waste time playing around with this latest proof of human ingenuity, thinking your testicles will shrivel unless you keep on using it – even though the trial period expired two weeks ago?
Pay the bloody indy developers, then!
You got a new mouse, don’t like the drivers supplied by the manufacturer, Apple doesn’t support all buttons per default, there’s this tool that will make your new device work properly – and then you bitch that the dev wants € 10 for it? Ten measly Euros after you shelled out a couple of thou for your bloody Mac and another hundred for a mouse?
And don’t get me started on them wankers that pirate expensive graphics applications to remove daemonic red eyes from snapshots or crop their doodling. And then laugh at other, less expensive imaging software and their users for being sub-par.
“No, no, it has to be Photoshop! Bugger the Gimp, bugger Acorn, bugger ’em all! Photoshop, baby! What do you mean, paid for it? Is it my fault Apple doesn’t ship OS X with a professional-grade graphics app for free? Why should I pay for it?
“Linux? Open source software? What the blazes are you talking about? What’s free can’t be worth anything!”
But no, you won’t swipe your credit card. Why should you? The computer was expensive enough as it is. And software, well. It’s just zeroes and ones, isn’t it? No harm done …
Seriously. For fuck’s sake.
The Mac world especially is thriving on independent software developers. Single dudes, sometimes a cabal of two or three, writing useful Shareware in their spare time – “spare time” as in “can’t live off it right now, so please pass me some change, thanks, guv.” Sure, there’s those Delicious Generation morons that simply re-use stuff already included in a standard installation of Mac OS. Just with more bling-bling. But they don’t count.
What does count are those blokes that write either killer applications (Scrivener comes to mind) or provide that one little puzzle piece that makes the, err, puzzle that is a computer complete. You know. Them dudes.
And burn in a blazing pool of fire if you want to partake in their work without shelling out what they ask for. You want to use it? Pay for it. And make sure the software receives further attention by its developers. You don’t want to do it? Well, hop onto the OSS band wagon. Some devs are nice enough not to turn their products totally unusable after the trial period, others put it on the wobble for free, others again are anal and restrictive. So what? You want the stuff, you play by their rules.
Shit or get off the pot. And bloody well stop bitching about OpenOffice because you like Word and Excel much better after having mirrored your dad’s corporate computer.