• Subject: RE: AS/400 shareware/utilities - was RE: File editor Freeware
  • From: "Stone, Brad V (TC OASIS)" <bvstone@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 14 Jul 1999 08:08:25 -0500

Don't worry, Tim.  It wasn't taken as such.

Anyhow, most of the software I have written has been on my own time on a
timeshared AS/400 (http://www.netshare400.com)<--- shameless plug.

Bradley V. Stone
BVS/Tools
http://www.bvstools.com



> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tim McCarthy [mailto:TimM@softwarejungle.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, July 13, 1999 7:55 PM
> To: 'MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com'
> Subject: RE: AS/400 shareware/utilities - was RE: File editor Freeware
> 
> 
> My comment wasn't intended as an attack - I hope you didn't take it as
> such. I'm happy that people take the time to post code I can use for
> free. The part I don't understand is corporate sponsored 
> hobby software.
> I think more IS departments need to question the relevance of 
> what their
> programmers are working on to the companies requirements and 
> objectives.
> Just because a programmer thinks he can create a better mouse-trap
> doesn't mean I'm going to let him try. However if we already own one
> then sure, we could share it - after we've investigated marketing it
> :-).   
> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From:       Stone, Brad V (TC OASIS) [SMTP:bvstone@taylorcorp.com]
> > Sent:       Tuesday, July 13, 1999 1:49 PM
> > To: 'MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com'
> > Subject:    AS/400 shareware/utilities - was RE: File editor
> > Freeware
> > 
> > First off, I didn't write it.  Someone named Ian Simmons 
> did.  It's a
> > very
> > good article and utility.  It also uses some pretty neat programming
> > techniques, which is the main purpose of such an article.
> > 
> > Second, I understand that a lot of folks are busy, but other
> > (including
> > myself) use spare time to write utilities that make other's jobs
> > easier.  We
> > not only learn programming techniques that wouldn't be used at a
> > normal
> > everyday app. programming job, but we also get the chance to help
> > those that
> > don't have the time to write such utilities.
> > 
> > My question is this... Why are there millions of shareware products
> > for PCs,
> > but virtually zero for the AS/400?  Those of us that write shareware
> > for the
> > AS/400 are simply filling a void in the industry.  Someone has to do
> > this to
> > keep the prices of other products marketed down.  I myself have
> > written at
> > least two that have been "copied" by real vendors.  (mine 
> work better,
> > though...heheh)  
> > 
> > I've even had comments when responding to posts in a situtation that
> > my
> > shareware will help, a vendor will post "ours will help you... and
> > it's NOT
> > shareware."  I take this as a compliment... :)  The only real
> > difference
> > between a vendor and myself is I don't have a DBA name and 
> tax license
> > and I
> > don't write mine for profit.  I can also provide better support in
> > most
> > cases since I am CEO, CIO, CFO, President, Manager, 
> Customer Service,
> > Programmer/Analyst, etc.. etc... of my shareware company.  
> Just ask my
> > "customers"!  ;)
> > 
> > To each his own.  Hopefully one day shareware will be big in the
> > AS/400
> > industry as it is with PCs.  The more people writing solutions to
> > problems
> > the better off we will all be.
> > 
> > I've heard both sides of the story on this one.  Some folks claim to
> > be too
> > busy to write utilities, and others "just write it themselves".
> > 
> > Bradley V. Stone
> > BVS/Tools
> > http://www.bvstools.com
> > 
> > 
> > 
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