Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Designing Software For The Poor and The Rich

This is just a quick post of an idea I got today about how to kind of "force" people into buying/supporting software companies.

Many a time I come across some software that I need to use only once, or maybe a few times a year only. I don't see a need to pay for that, but maybe someone who uses it very often *should* buy it.

The idea is to create software that gradually slows down (i.e., functions slower/take more time to execute the same functions) the more you use it. If left unused for a while, it gains speed gradually.

This would come in handy for those who use software for commercial use, as they'd be running it very often, unlike hobbyists or one-time users.

I do admit, this is an annoying and evil idea, but there are users out there who don't bother donating for free software that they use very often, yet keep ranting at its bugs!

Oh, and if you're wondering about how the title doesn't fit and it should've been "The Casual & The Avid," well, if you're poor, you won't pay and you'll suffer the slowness. Much like with cars.


ahmadTV said...

Great Idea !! I would definitely agree, there where many cases before where I had to use a commercial software just for a moment, I could see how your idea can be of benefit. In any case I would believe it would be difficult to maintain both versions, what do you think ?

MBH said...

Why maintain two versions in the first place?

The "slowness algorithm" can be an integral part of the software and when the software is licensed, it gets disabled.

Michael Hall said...


MBH said...

Said the person who commented on a 3 year old post...