I am more than 7 years in the US and I continue to be amazing sometimes, how some people are wasting money. It might be I am wrong. So, let me give you a small story.
A week ago my neighbood, an old lady met me and asked for some "computer" help. She could not install Norton Antivirus. I came to her computer and found that she is using some Dial-Up connection in Internet and it is not possible to download Norton Antivirus installer package (about 60MB). Ok, no big deal. I turned off her Dial-Up and install my old USB wireless network adapter on her computer. Hopefuly her house is a next if mine, the signal is "Good". I have DSL connection. Then, I downloaded this dumb installer and installed this dumb antivirus. She was very glad about such fast internet connection and offered here to share it. It was my mistake. The reason was evidence: all Internet providers not so stupid, her e-mail did not work after that. Her provider checks exact internet connection and restricts e-mail access if it is "foreign" connections. I returned everything back in her computer.
She pay $20 for her Dail-Up
She paid $60 for new update of Norton Antivirus
Why? Answer is simple: she is an old lady and does not undrestand about computers at all.
Now, let me ask you a few questions. I am sorry, they might look as a "stupid" or "not polite" questions:
- How much do you pay for software in a year (instead of computer games)?
- Do you use other browsers instead of IE. In other words do you use or even did you hear about Mozzila, Firefox, Opera, Safary, Camino, Netscape?
- Do you use other OS instead of Windows (Linux, Mac, Sun Solaris, xBSD).
As to me I pay nothing for computer sofware. My opinion: you can find any soft as you wish for free in Internet. I do not mean that you can find cracked soft or trail soft. I mean you can find absolutely free soft for "home use". Why do you need to pay $60 Norton Antivirus, if you can install "avast!" for free? I use diffrent browsers in my computer, even Opera. Opera is not free, but sometimes Opera guys "throw" free license keys. You just need to subscribe on their site and you will have a chance to get Opera for free. I have 3 few laptops and 2 of them has Linux installation. They has absolutely free office software. Why do I need to pay to MiscroSoft for the MS Office, if I can get it for free?
So, it may be I do not undrestand something. Correct me if I am wrong.