[FoRK] I'll take the second option

HK Pang hkpang at gmail.com
Wed Mar 30 11:21:36 PDT 2011


true. first couple months into owning an ipad, I brought apps whenever
they're on sale. now i think twice about paying  another 99 cents.
after a while, you realize that they add up quickly. my first year of
ipad ownership cost me about $200 in software fees.

On Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 1:22 PM, Stephen Williams <sdw at lig.net> wrote:
> On 3/30/11 9:48 AM, Sean Conner wrote:
>>
>> It was thus said that the Great HK Pang once stated:
>>>
>>> is there any software jobs left in the world that's not backed by ads?
>>
>>   Well, my current job is writing software to test ... well ... phone
>> switches (kind of---the "phone switch" in question runs under Solaris (but
>> isn't asterisk---it's basically code to add "features" to cell phones but
>> the actual "features" live in the phone network).
>>
>>   -spc (So, is my job backed by ads?)
>
> "Can you hear me now?"
>
> Ads are the only workable and scalable micro/pico-payment system right now,
> where we are paying with attention.  Although, you could view taxes as a
> similar system that pays a little to many recipients, but that we pay with
> cold hard cash.  Perhaps that's why we feel that having to pay for
> subscriptions everywhere would feel too much like taxes.
>
> The thing with ads, as irritating as they are, is that it takes something we
> have trouble valuing firmly, our attention, and trades it for things that we
> can value.  The "apps" model, and the eBook surge, are providing some good
> alternatives.
>
> sdw
>
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