Subject: Re: What Lisp to choose? From: Erik Naggum <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 2000/06/01 Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp Message-ID: <email@example.com> * firstname.lastname@example.org | I am thinking of buying the product, but my Franz rep tells me I | need to sign a letter of intent to purchase the product before | getting a 30 day trial of it!! This is scary stuff to the legally naïve, but a letter of intent is not a contract. You are under no obligation actually to purchase anything if you don't want to after the trial period is over, but you have to notify the other party of a change of intent. This is a means of maintaining control over who receives trial versions and ensures that they either return or purchase it within a reasonable time. There are lots of unnecessary legal papers to sign or deal with in most transactions, but they become necessary in a dispute. If you haven't arranged for them beforehand, you're basically hosed. In an over-litigious society like the American, this probably makes a lot more people than necessary feel like they are suspected of cheating, or at least thought capable of cheating, which by itself causes some to cheat in anger or spite, which sort of proves the point that the paperwork is necessary to protect oneself from such people... #:Erik -- If this is not what you expected, please alter your expectations.