* Posts by Marc Hanlon

2 publicly visible posts • joined 2 Jun 2007

Crocodile tears for under-fire Microsoft MVP

Marc Hanlon

Not as it sounds

When I read the original article of course I sided with the developer but having read more on this, it appears as (a) he was lying on his site (b) ElReg chose to lie on his behalf.

As some have already pointed out, this isn't a free product he's giving away, he's selling it. There's a big difference there. More importantly, as people have repeateadly asked... MS DOES block the plug-in API in Express. Jamie uses a hack to load his extension as if it's a custom object. I'm not sure if there is a technical measure that MS can put in place to limit the complexity of these objects, I very much doubt there is without further crippling the software. More importantly, the fact that he does something so extraordinary suggests to me, that he knew MS didn't want him doing it so he created a work-around.

I think it's reasonable for MS to put limits in free software, thousands of companies do it. They can provide feature limited software for free to the casual users while charging those who need the extra features for it. Sounds like a reasonable system to me.

If people read more into this, I think they'll agree that he intentionally broke his agreement. Lets save the MS bashing for when they deserve it (like when it takes hours to delete a few files!!!)

10 signs you're in a tech bubble

Marc Hanlon

Great article

This is a really well thought out article. When you think about the amounts of money that Bebo and YouTube burn through without a proper revenue stream, their extraordinary value was probably a strong indication that there was another bubble. I firmly believe that the same mindset (oh its IT, its gotta be making money) is causing non-tech people to put money into companies without a proper business plan.