Respecting Value

Jeff Atwood, says that December 1 is “Support Your Favorite Small Software Vendor Day” and in that post, mentions Media Monkey.

So I went and checked it out. And I am a complete convert, just 6 hours into the program.

As regards his very interesting argument of supporting the ‘small software vendor’, I couldn’t agree less. Most of the best of the software on my desktop is from small software vendors. Supporting them however, for me, isn’t a factor of “Share the love by sending money to the person/shop/organization that created it.

It has to be a factor of perceived and received value. That is the ultimate salute, because, as Francisco d’Anconia, in Atlas Shrugged said, “Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value. Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by tears, or of the looters, who take it from you by force. Money is made possible only by the men who produce.

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