Tuesday, August 16, 2005


So it appears as though my free trial of NeoCOUNTER has expired... and now it looks like crap. :-/

I'm thinking I'm just going to remove it. It was fun while it lasted, but I'm not going to pay for it. If it comes down to that, I'll just finish implementing my locally run blog server based on Wordpress and then use a separate open source setup on the server to analyze the Apache web server logs and create a nightly updated counter or something.

Who knows.

Cute considering that their website is based on open source software.

As a matter of fact...
Linux Apache/2.0.54 (Debian GNU/Linux) PHP/4.3.10-15 mod_ssl/2.0.54 OpenSSL/0.9.7e

It's running on the Free (as in libre and/or gratis) Debian GNU/Linux OS Distribution, and not just that, but actually the most strictly open source based Linux distribution available. And running on top of that is the Free Apache webserver, running the Free PHP scripting language and other free plugins including the SSL based ones listed for SSL (encryption/security... Secure Socket Layer, or TLS - Transprot Layer Security).

I realize that everyone is free to make a buck... but I always get a dirty feeling from people who take all this free work of other authors and use it to make money without giving anything back... but in this case, they do offer the stripped version for "free". I guess what bothers me is that they don't offer the source to it. I would feel better about them charging for the service of hosting it for you and tracking your hits and serving the content for it, all with an easily manageable setup on their end.

Something about paying for a service provided... not one that requires you paying for limited access to something that depends solely on preventing it's being open.

Sleepy. Time for bed. I don't feel like I'm expressing what I think/feel. :-(

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