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June 13, 2007



"(when was the last time you heard someone rave about a software package, or hold up their use of it as a status symbol?)"

Do you include 'software as tool' in this, because I'd say anyone who uses Photoshop for a living holds it up as a status symbol. I also remember a lot of crowing and love for Lightroom, particularly when it first came out. Perhaps part of it is that hardware always costs *something* whereas the availability of so much, so good, open source software may have reduced the intrinsic worth of software. Perhaps.


re: number nine...

I've met a bunch of people living in tropical paradise...well all of us...but the ones that make real money aren't the english teachers. Leonie is a translator...english to french and back...she's quebeqouis. SHe lives here but gets paid canadian dollars as if she's back in Quebes. Ian is a programmer, he gets local jobs and undercuts jobs back in the UK because his costs of living are lower out here. In theory I could do this...though I only have about 5 companies that use me and they seem to like face to face meetings...especially the first time you work for them. I imagine this changes when you have more of a reputation. So in conclusion...if you can work for sterling or dollars...anywhere...why live in London?

Tom Godber

Xara (currently Xara X Pro) is an absolutely amazing program, been using it since Artworks first came out on the Archimedes. Easy to use, fast, great for mobile graphics... I'll happily rave about it to anyone who wants to hear :)

I don't think I'd bother raving about Eclipse, Word, Firefox, or any of the other software I use regularly though - I'm more inclined to rave at it

Tom Hume

Arse, I'm going to have to redefine terms to win this one ;)

Within an industry I think software is used as a status symbol, but in society at large? I know what you mean about PhotoShop Nick - and actually Linux has some pretty rabid followers - hmmm maybe I'm talking complete shit actually...

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