I am a software pirate. It was never my intention or desire to become one when I purchased my Apple II Plus one year ago. I was amazed at the problems and insecurity copy-protected programs cause. First, one year ago, DOS 3.3 had just been introduced. The copy-protectors were not up to speed yet and all the software I purchased was DOS 3.2 and had to be booted with the Basics disk. I paid $150 for the then-current VisiCalc, but quickly obtained a "broken" copy I could boot directly with DOS 3.3. Of course, the VisiCalc data disks still had to be in DOS 3.2 format. . . .Second, I could not back up my software! What computer user in his or her right mind doesn't keep a backup of all programs and data files? I purchased a nibble copier, copied everything I could and stored the backups where I work. Third, I began purchasing off the shelf, "guaranteed to work," copy protected software. Some had minor bugs or required minor changes to support my interface cards. The manufacturers said, "We are working on the right version for you," or "The manual clearly states we do not support that interface card." So I had to learn to crack the software I purchased.
I began meeting others in the same position and now find myself among the software copiers and crackers. The software protectors have created this class of people. I am sharing with my new-found friends to recover the cost of the nibble copier, the time spent fixing bug-prone software, and the frustration of constant Basics disk usage. I'm still not totally happy to be in this position. But let me ask all your readers this, "Why buy a DOS 3.2 version of any software that you cannot backup when I can give you a 'broken' version that boots easily and backs up easily?" I strongly applaud Penguin Software's policy to release copyable software. I am more than willing to sign license agreements with them not to release a copy of any of their software I purchase. At last, software I can purchase and easily tailor to my own needs!
The Reluctant Software Cracker, V2N9