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RE: An open letter to the Amsat Software authors (with a little political incorrectness!)



Bob

An easy way to enhance the boring 11111-11111-11 no-storage
version of STATION software is to buy a full licence.
All the money goes to P3-D.

Cheers

Jean-Louis F6AGR

> -----Message d'origine-----
> De: Alan K. Adamson [mailto:ne1h@ne1h.dyndns.org]
> Date: mardi 20 juin 2000 04:45
> À: Robert E. Martinson; amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org
> Cc: Stephen Diggs
> Objet: RE: [amsat-bb] An open letter to the Amsat Software 
> authors (with
> a little political incorrectness!)
> 
> 
> Bob, just a note.  Got to the Amsat ftp site, get all the zip 
> files and
> extract them into one directory on your hard drive and then 
> install from
> there.  They take the last zip file and extract it to the installed
> directory and move the two *.dll files over to your 
> windows\system directory
> and you'll be up and running....
> 
> For what it's worth.
> Alan
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Robert E. Martinson [mailto:remartin@tiac.net]
> Sent: Monday, June 19, 2000 10:42 PM
> To: ne1h@ne1h.dyndns.org; amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org
> Cc: Stephen Diggs
> Subject: RE: [amsat-bb] An open letter to the Amsat Software authors
> (with a little political incorrectness!)
> 
> 
> Hi, Alan,
> 
> Quite a while ago I registered "The Station", but since 
> switching to a new
> PC hadn't reinstalled it.  I tried and couldn't even get it 
> to install under
> Win 98, kept wanting Disk 2 to be inserted.  I sent an email to Paul
> (VP9MU@amsat.org) on 5/20/00 and never received a response 
> (it didn't bounce
> however).
> 
> 73,
> Bob
> N1VQR@amsat.org
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-AMSAT-BB@AMSAT.Org [mailto:owner-AMSAT-BB@AMSAT.Org]On
> Behalf Of Alan K. Adamson
> Sent: Monday, June 19, 2000 9:56 PM
> To: amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org
> Cc: Stephen Diggs
> Subject: [amsat-bb] An open letter to the Amsat Software 
> authors (with a
> little political incorrectness!)
> 
> 
> To:  All Amsat software authors
> 
> Ok, help me out here.  I recently decided to play with "the 
> station".  First
> I noticed that it hasn't been updated since '97 based upon 
> the files, oh,
> yea, there was one update in '98.  It's completely a 16bit 
> app and it's a
> little hard to work with with the 11111-11111-1 license code. 
>  It doesn't
> appear to be supported any longer?  Or at least I can't find 
> a "home" for
> it.  It doesn't run very well under windows 98SE.  Actually 
> crashes explorer
> on occasion.
> 
> So, how about an update?  32 bit, built with Visual Studio 6 
> or later, and
> fix some of the little things.  Heck it's still a Beta 
> release, has been
> since the very first release, in fact the release file wasn't 
> updated with
> the 98 fixes at all.
> 
> Ok, now let me climb off my soapbox.  I'm not really trying 
> to pick a fight.
> Much to the opposite, I'd like to help.  I'll be happy to 
> take a shot at
> making it into a 32bit app and revising it.  But, there is 
> this issue with
> source.
> 
> Why is that we haven't gone OPEN source on this stuff yet?  
> Heck, I'd bet it
> would see all kinds of enhancements and bug fixing!  It's 
> exactly what this
> kind of software needs....People who want to fix and enhance 
> it and not be
> frustrated because they can't contact the author for help or fixes.
> 
> So, how about a little grass roots movement.  Let's go open 
> source with a
> GPL license on these utilities and drivers that most of us 
> want to count on
> and hope continue.  I know there are donation $$$'s that you want to
> protect, but I'm not sure you'd loose any more than you do because the
> software hasn't been updated or enhanced.  If you build something that
> people want to use, of course, they will purchase a license.  
> You are always
> going to have the ones that don't but I'll bet you'd be surprised.
> 
> Ok, so, what does it take to make this happen?  Or did I just 
> spend bits,
> blowing in the wind!!!
> 
> Alan Adamson
> ne1h@ne1h.dyndns.org
> 
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