serial numbers on standalones

Richmond richmondmathewson at
Sat Mar 16 14:09:38 EDT 2013

On 03/16/2013 07:51 PM, Mark Talluto wrote:
> On Mar 16, 2013, at 9:52 AM, Dr. Hawkins <dochawk at> wrote:
>> Using someone else's key will also put their name and address on the
>> output, which is only useful for filing with the court . . .
> We used a technique similar to that years ago.  I figured that no respectable doctor would want the practice name of another on their screen.  The deterrent failed horribly.  We found universities that were willing to use pirated software as well as private practices.
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People are going to pirate software, and that is an unavoidable fact; 
surely the 'trick' is
to try and minimise that.

I issue personalised standalones with the purchaser's name and/or 
institution just below the title
on the start up card.

Obviously this means that one has to go through building a standalone 
each time.


And, yes, I suppose some professor of Sanskrit, for all his/her 
exhaulted academic position,
will not mind having a program that says:

"Registered to His Holiness 108 Raksha-Vinodabhandan Swami", or 
somesuch, slap, bang on the
start up screen

although it's going to look bl**dy funny to his/her colleagues.


It does seem that all the extra fuss and work involved sorting out a 
serial number system is hardly
worth the effort.

Of course . . . one could send out a standalone of a stack to find out 
one's potential client's
Mac Address, then make a standalone for him/her that checks against that 
Mac Address; although
that seems a bit mean as when his/her computer goes 'pop' s/he will have 
to pay out all over again.

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> Mark Talluto
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