I am Sorry Niel but I have to agree with bill. Why does a company adopt
sutch a system like authorisation? You will never stop piracy, never. So
the question is simple how do you limit it as mutch as possible? I am sure
the answer is not by using sutch an arckiic system. I would say that a
large majority of Screen reader users are unemploied so how are they
supposed to aford sutch an expencive peace of software, especially as
computers are so important in the world today. On the price issue I am not
just addressing that to Freedom scientific but also to Dolphin and GW micro.
Hear in the UK JFW costs £650 and Window eyes costs £550 with hal around
that price as well their, now that is alot of money. I do not how much
those prices equate in Dollers but I can not be a small amount.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Bill Belew" <bill@xxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, January 27, 2006 6:24 PM
Subject: [bct] Re: JFW and W.E.
I can't claim to be an angel who has never copied any software, but I do think we all need to step back from these screen reader issues a bit and perform a reality check.
I am a dedicated Window-Eyes user and promoter, but I also use, train, and support Jaws. I have found that folks usually prefer the screen reader they first learned and that very few people learn more than one well enough to make an objective comparison.
It is a fact that screen reader software is expensive relative to most other software written for the main stream market. It is also a fact that given the limited market, without prices set at a level that keeps the companies going, we wouldn't have anything near the access that we currently enjoy.
It is also very valuable to have several screen reader developers to push the envelope through competition.
I certainly don't agree with all the business approaches adopted by adaptive technology companies, but I know many of the folks involved in bringing us accessible hardware and software and by far, the majority of them aren't doing it because there's a good chance of getting rich, but because they care about creating better access.
-----Original Message----- From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Neal Ewers Sent: Friday, January 27, 2006 8:19 AM To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bct] Re: JFW and W.E.
You said, "I can hardly blame those who resort to such means in a pinch."
Well, I guess we now know why JAWS has an authorization scheme. If there are people like you who would condone pirating software just because you couldn't afford it, I think you have answered your own question about why JAWS has an Authorization plan.
-----Original Message----- From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of boomerdad Sent: Thursday, January 26, 2006 8:25 PM To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bct] Re: JFW and W.E.
All well and good, but what of those who don't have $900 lying about? At least now, those who buy Openbook get Connect Out Loud for free, and that at
least gives them bare-bones access to their computers ... but there would be
a lot less piracy if prices were more affordable. I'm usuallyu one who agrees with your stance on piracy, but in the case of adaptive tech, I can hardly blame those who resort to such means in a pinch.
Hi, Mary. As someone who has been in the adaptive technology field since 1990, I must tell you this. You would be surprised if you knew how many pirated copies of Window-Eyes and other adaptive programs that I and others have seen. It is an outrage, and people ought to be
reallyprosecuted for it. These people who develop the programs we use are trying very hard to make a living, and they are totally thwarted by modern-day pirates. It's
not a good thing, but unfortunately, it will never stop. You all havea
wonderful afternoon, morning, or evening; whichever it is where youlive.
All the very best from my family to yours!
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