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When's a good time to make software expire?

 
 
Matty F
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      01-02-2011
Let's see, how about 31 December 2010, when everyone is on holiday and
there's nobody to fix it.
 
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Sweetpea
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      01-02-2011
On Sat, 01 Jan 2011 22:49:32 -0800, Matty F wrote:

> Let's see, how about 31 December 2010, when everyone is on holiday and
> there's nobody to fix it.


Why wasn't the license updated BEFORE it expired?

Someone should be keeping track of these things.


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victor
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      01-02-2011
On 2/01/2011 7:49 p.m., Matty F wrote:
> Let's see, how about 31 December 2010, when everyone is on holiday and
> there's nobody to fix it.


Don't accept software that expires, there is always a better alternative.
 
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Matty F
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      01-02-2011
victor wrote:
> On 2/01/2011 7:49 p.m., Matty F wrote:
> > Let's see, how about 31 December 2010, when everyone is on holiday and
> > there's nobody to fix it.

>
> Don't accept software that expires, there is always a better alternative.


The software was free, and an upgrade is possible.
Burt what is going on in the mind of some programmer? Oh let's make it
expire on 31 December, probably the worst possible date in the year
for software to expire.
 
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Ralph Fox
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      01-02-2011
On Sun, 02 Jan 2011 20:10:08 +1300, in message <ifp8g1$qjh$(E-Mail Removed)>
victor wrote:

> Don't accept software that expires,



There are some people who cannot tell the difference between a beta
and a release, unless the beta prominently announces "this beta will
expire on ...".


> there is always a better alternative.


The previous released version. But if nobody ever tested beta software, then ...


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Sweetpea
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      01-02-2011
On Sun, 02 Jan 2011 22:31:43 +1300, Ralph Fox wrote:

> The previous released version. But if nobody ever tested beta software,
> then ...


Don't test beta grade software in production environments especially if
it has to connect with production databases or has to operate in a public-
facing environment. Use either a dedicated UAT environment or don't take
such a bloody stupid risk!


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Ralph Fox
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      01-02-2011
On Sun, 2 Jan 2011 18:35:01 +0000 (UTC), in message <(E-Mail Removed)>
Sweetpea wrote:

> Don't test beta grade software in production environments especially if
> it has to connect with production databases or has to operate in a public-
> facing environment. Use either a dedicated UAT environment or don't take
> such a bloody stupid risk!



Shock horror! The public are beta-testing Firefox 4 and IE9 on the
public-facing Internet at this very moment! They are accessing
public-facing web sites which have production databases behind them!

Your epistle is correct for some applications. There are other
applications (such as web browsers) where a public beta is a
perfectly valid way to go.


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Lawrence D'Oliveiro
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      01-02-2011
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> victor wrote:
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>> On 2/01/2011 7:49 p.m., Matty F wrote:
>>
>>> Let's see, how about 31 December 2010, when everyone is on holiday and
>>> there's nobody to fix it.

>>
>> Don't accept software that expires, there is always a better alternative.

>
> The software was free ...


As in gratis, not libre.
 
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Sweetpea
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      01-03-2011
On Mon, 03 Jan 2011 09:38:20 +1300, Ralph Fox wrote:

> Your epistle is correct for some applications. There are other
> applications (such as web browsers) where a public beta is a perfectly
> valid way to go.


Just don't install it onto a desktop box that contains application and
data that you can't easily replace!


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