Pros and Cons of Using FREE Software in Your BusinessWritten by Cavyl Stewart
Itís easy to understand why you might be drawn to allure of free software. After all, it is free and free is always a good price to pay. But before you plunk down your hard-earned no money and possibly put your business at risk, consider following.
Most of free software that you will find is not supported. There will be no one at other end of software. What does this mean to you and your business? It means that if you have a technical support issue and you need help fast, that help will be hard to find, if you are able to find help at all.
Some of more popular free software does have available user supported help groups. These are groups of users who congregate out there in Cyberspace and are sporadically available to provide assistance to others. You can always try to send an email message to developer if you can find developer. But because of its very nature as a FREE item, no one is under any obligation to help you with your issue, quickly or otherwise.
Itís also important that you understand motivation behind developing free software. First, there are some programmers who just have too much time on their hands. These individuals will just create free software to give them something to do. Programmers are notorious problem-solvers, and creating software is a great way to accomplish this.
Some developers create software and offer it for free out of goodness of their heart. Hard to believe in this day and age, but it happens. And there are other programmers who get a feeling of altruism when they create software. They offer it for free with hopes that masses will marvel at their creation.
Other software developers, notably in Linux world, write and distribute free software under GNU or Open Source licenses. And some of these packages are popular, mainstream and 100% free. The workhorse, Apache Server software program, is a good example of this.
Keepad: A novel concept in web research tools.Written by Saora Inc,
February 14th, 2005, Cupertino, CA - Saora Inc., an information management products and services company, today announced release of Keepad, a web research tool, designed on innovative Kee-Tools concept. Kee-Tools, which are based on Saoraís Keepoint technology, are user-definable web information gathering functions, such as search and customized save procedures, and are accessible with a single click from Keepad Tools Tray. The new product, along with recently released Keepoint 7 and Keepoint 7 Pro, is expected to meet web information management needs of all internet users, home as well as professional.
Keepad, which marks release of first derivative of Saoraís Keepoint Product line, is designed on innovative Kee-Tools concept. Kee-Tools are one touch, user definable functions, which facilitate commonly used web information gathering / organizing tasks, from navigating and searching to saving, categorizing and exporting, and are available from sleek Keepad Tools Tray or from right click menu option. Keepad enables users to save and manage e-news, e-bills and other online content and even carry or share their select web content on external memory devices. Keepad, similar to Keepoint it is based on, also automatically sorts and organizes information, eliminating concept of filing and folders. Keepad is expected to redefine web research tools, taking us beyond search engines and making web a truly useful resource that it was envisioned to be.