You printed a letter of mine several months ago. In it, I asked a few questions and made a few remarks. I consider the response amazing. Soon after publication I received several long-distance phone calls giving me helpful advice and encouragement. This proves to me that Softalk has a wide and motivated readership. If there is one word I would use to describe us, it would be intense. One person recommended a piece of software (I bought it), one person recommended a club (I joined it), one person gave advice (I took it), and one person (Mr. Trahan) wrote in to you with a reply (you printed it) . That person gave me some addresses to write to (I have) for information concerning low-cost voice recognition cards for the Apple.
While I'm here, I'd like to voice some more opinions, if I may.
We loyal Apple users must persuade our friends to stay with Apple. It will help both of us. Have you ever seen a Venus Flytrap with one of its trap-petals clamped onto one of its stalks? Probably not, but it looks as if it is eating itself; it won't, it releases itself after an hour or so. The point is: Locksmith can copy itself, and has. Which brings me to copying.
Piracy is a biased word; it implies theft. As they say, it all depends which ox is being gored. Mine is my wallet, so my policy on copying is this: If I can get it, I will. It's a business to them, right? They will charge as much as the traffic will bear. Too bad for them that their product can be easily duplicated ; it goes with the territory. Too bad for us that it takes thousand dollar machines to run the product. There are some original ideas in this letter; they are encoded on my disks. I forbid anyone (except Softalk) from putting alphabet letters into a sequence to form words to form paragraphs which look substantially like this letter.
See how absurd these protecting and monopolizing ideas can be? Copy protection is an indefensible, self-defeating, technically impossible, unenforceable, greedy policy. So do the American Thing! Lower the price, increase volume. I would love to buy a Strategic Simulations game, but for sixty bucks? I would buy six for sixty dollars, but not one. There appears to be a need, soon, for an, "Apple Modification Shop." This would be a shop where owners could bring their machines to have all the modifications done to them such as new keyboard installed, cards that require cutting wires installed, fans installed, outside joystick connection, big memory installed, etc., etc. Does anybody do that now?
J. Barry Smith, Barstow, CA, V2N9