Hypercard: the missing link to the web

Bob Sneidar bobs at twft.com
Thu May 31 15:08:04 EDT 2012

TANSTAAFL. There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch. Even Hypercard was not free. We paid for it when we paid for the Mac it was installed on. People who want things to always be free need to also consider the term "freeloader". Someone somewhere pays for the "free" thing. 

Even if Apple gave away Hypercard to people who bought a mac without it, Apple would still be paying for it. In the case of all those other things, the taxpayer is paying for it, or else the company that hired him is paying for it, and actually he is likely himself paying for it because he is probably getting paid less considering he is getting paid in benefits instead of salary. 

I am always very wary when people offer me something for free. Either they are trying to sell me something else later, or they are performing a social experiment. 


On May 31, 2012, at 11:45 AM, Bernard Devlin wrote:

> I'm not sure they would use Livecode anyway.  They want to moan about
> "the good old days", but when presented with language xyz which is
> free, and which has hundreds of free libraries, etc. they will find
> something to bitch about when it comes to Livecode.  "What?  I have to
> pay for it!  But, I get my travel, gas, electricity, food, etc. for
> free; why should I pay?"  Or else they will complain about there not
> being source code control, or something else.
> I think that those who will come to Livecode have either never used
> Hypercard before and want a visual development environment without an
> arcane language, or they will be people who appreciate dynamic
> languages and late binding who somehow don't want to use
> javascript/browsers as their presentation layer.  Or possibly there
> are those who just find all the other options for mobile development
> too unamenable (5 years ago I would never have guessed that Objective
> C would have come back from the dead).
> That's my 2c.
> Bernard
> On Thu, May 31, 2012 at 5:29 PM, Bob Sneidar <bobs at twft.com> wrote:
>> You know, advertising for Livecode should really focus on informing the old Hypercard community that Hyper Programming is not gone forever, that it lives on in Livecode. There seems to be a LOT of people mourning "the good ol' days" of Hypercard, who are completely oblivious of Livecode. Posting to a blog is ok, but who out of all the initial readers is actually following that post? Probably not a lot. And who reads through all the replies before posting themselves? Far less still. I'd say almost no one.
>> I put in a good word there, but RR really needs to put a little more effort in running ads targeted at old HC, SC and MC devs.
>> Bob
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