Subject: Re: Allegro CL 6.0 Trial Edition
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 29 Oct 2000 19:08:19 +0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* "Janos Blazi" <>
| As the aforementioned new edition has just become available I have
| taken a first look and noticed that now the user of this edition
| needs a new licence file every month.

  And just _why_ do you object to this?  Does anyone have a duty to
  make the life of Janos Blazi easy when he does not want to do the
  same for anyone else on the whole entire planet, such as by actually
  _purchasing_ a development license?

| Extrapolating this, we shall probably need a new licence file every
| week when Allegro CL 7.0 becomes available.

  Sure, Franz Inc are totally unreasonable people with a deep-rooted
  desire to annoy you by _giving_ you their development environment
  for free under certain conditions.  Get _real_, Janos Blazi.  Drop
  the very sick paranoid delusions that something you do not happen to
  like is done on purpose to annoy you.  That kind of thing is only
  true for taxation.

  I simply suggest you put yourself out of your misercy by purchasing
  a development license.  (It mey lower your taxes if you do it right.)

| I understand that they want to be paid for their efforts but then
| maybe they should prefer stopping the whole "Trial Edtion Project"
| at all.

  They are trying to reach intelligent people with a good software
  project and would like to limit the negative effects of having to
  give it to people who turn out to be massively unintelligent frauds
  at the same time.  This is how marketing works.  You never know who
  the next great customer might be, but you cannot open your door only
  to people who look like they could The One Great Customer and be
  very sorely disappointed if they are not.  Now, consider the view
  that you are behaving just this irrationally towards Franz Inc as a
  customer, this time not of any products you have, but of your money.
  Most people fail to realize that a trade is bidirectional, and make
  all this stinking shit about how only the guy with the money should
  get everything.  What I wonder is, how did these guys get the money
  to begin with?  What _did_ they sell in exchange for their money to
  get that kind of idiotic reality-deficient attitude towards products?

| (At the same time I must admit that they have significantly enhanced
| the power of the product: Now the heap size is limited to 18MB
| instead of 16MB as in the previous version and this is very generous
| indeed.)

  Is it because it is _more_ usable that you are whining about all the
  "work" you have to do to get a new license file every month?

  Sometimes, I wonder if the right approach to marketing _isn't_ to
  insult everybody's intelligence and only sell crap products on TV,
  because every time you do _not_ insult everybody's intelligence,
  _someone_ feels theirs should have been, and proceed to do it.

  Does anyone remember where I parked Air Force One?
                                   -- George W. Bush