Piracy was Re: HH drives

From: Roger Merchberger <zmerch_at_30below.com>
Date: Mon Apr 14 12:12:01 2003

Rumor has it that Marvin Johnston may have mentioned these words:
>Lawrence Walker wrote:
> >
> > Why does this legalistic crap with high moral tone
> > forever come up on the list. For the most part almost
> > all old computer collectors are using programs illegally.
> > Spinrite made their money off this version back when
> > MFM and RLL drives were still current. They no longer
> > provide it and haven't seen fit to offer it to PD.
>Whoa boy, I *will* speak up when this listserver starts publicly doing
>things that are not in the best interests of the classic computer
>community. We are talking about software that is still a viable
>commercial product (although granted, it appears to be an older
>version.) Trying to trash the reputation of this hobby is not something
>that I will be a part of, and I *will* say something.
>Before you start saying they (GRC) no longer provides it, where did you
>come up with that information??? http://grc.com/default.htm still has
>an announcement prominently offering SpinRite in their top banner.

Here's what the owners manual for SpinRite 5.0 says:


System Requirements
SpinRite operates with 100% IBM-compatible PC, XT, AT, PS/1 and
PS/2 personal computer systems equipped with at least one diskette
drive, 350K of free RAM, Monochrome, EGA or VGA display adapter
(not CGA) and DOS version 2.1 or later.
NOTE: SpinRite operates with most hard and floppy disk data storage
devices and technologies. However, some storage devices are inherently
different in design from the hard drives found in standard IBMcompatible
systems. As a result, SpinRite cannot operate upon some
hardware storage devices. For specific information, please see the
"Known Incompatibilities" appendix.


Now, if one were to have some older MFM/RLL hardware to test the latest
version on, one would be able to let us know _if_ it still works. If not,
then i'd say "sharing" _older_ versions to support older hardware wouldn't
be out-of-line, but if it does support it, then one should definately give
the company your $$$...

Just my take, here's a grain of salt with it...
Roger "Merch" Merchberger

Roger "Merch" Merchberger -- sysadmin, Iceberg Computers
What do you do when Life gives you lemons,
and you don't *like* lemonade?????????????
Received on Mon Apr 14 2003 - 12:12:01 BST

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