22 Apr 2002 kir   » (Journeyer)

my son

Today I had to get up really earlier (at 7am, which is extremely early for me) in order to visit the hospital with my 1-year-old son. I was amazed by his braveness then a nurse punched his little finger in order to get some blood for the analysys. Only a small shout and a single teardrop. He's a real man!

When we visited a dermatologyst. He said that baby's disease is definitely rubella and it's almost over. The strange thing about rubella is it doesn't need any kind of medicine; it is time that heals.

free software parasites

Today I was though about free software parasites - people/companies who use free software (such as our aspseek), make money out of it, do not pay for support or contribute in any other way, but always ask (dumb) configuration/installation/unrelated questions etc. They are really like insects that lives on another creatures and use their blood etc. for a living.

I had several relations with "parasite" aspseek users and I'm always feeling bad after it. They are refusing to make even the smallest contribution possible - to put a note on the site that it is aspseek powered, with a link back to aspseek.org, but still they do require a lot of attention and asks you questions that are answered in the FAQ or manual, or that should be better be discussed in users mailing list.

I still don't know what to do with such parasites - either deny to help them, or try explaining that free software is not one-way street and can't live without its users' contribution, or ask them to pay for support if everything they understands and can talk about is money. Does anybody knows how to made something out of such parasites, or how to deal with them?..

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