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This year, the Association of Shareware Professionals exists for 20 years. To celebrate their anniversary, they are offering unique discounts on products by ASP members to the general public. The discounts include around 30 products of various types. Not only great to take advantage of yourself, but if you have a mailing list or blog, this is a unique ......

It's that time of the year again: Conference season. I just returned from SWRUS-Kiev and missed this year's ISDEF. But not to worry, the greatest event of all is still coming up on November 5-6 in Brussels. My favorite event is called ESWC, short for European Shareware Conference. It was there that I was first introduced into the inner circles of the ......

If any of you are interested in marketing: I've just started a new series of articles on marketing. The first example uses a recipe website as an example for conducting experiments. You can find the articles series here:http://sharewareblogs.... ......

I always think of the keynote as the highlight of Tech*ed, because it shows Microsoft's vision for the future.Last year, the keynote was very interesting. But this year there wasn't much to it, although the show was great. Here are some pictures: An interesting moment was when Microsoft was showcasing a Sun system. One of the computers was running Solaris, ......

Like I told you yesterday, I arrived in Amsterdam for TechEd, where I will be at the shareware stand.. During the time I'm here, I will try to report daily in two blogs: The one here, which has mostly readers interested in Microsoft, and the one at SharewareBlogs, with readers mostly interested in shareware marketing.Of course, you are bree to read ......

Warning: This long rant contains offensive language. Don't read if you are under 18.So I arrived in Amsterdam for Tech*Ed. Just like all normal people when they are traveling, the first thing I would like to do is check my email.And, of course, I'm curious to see if I made any sales with the new ebook that I put online just before leaving.The Netherlands ......

Nick Bradbury launched a disaster relief initiative, doniting 50% of revenue during one week to the victims of the earthquake in the Indian Ocean.Others soon followed: One of the first was Joel Spolsky(announcement). Later followed Dmitry Chestnykh (announcement). I joined in as soon as I heard of it, and Neobyte Solutions joined in too (announcement). ......

I have just launched a new web site: http://sharewareblogs.com The web site attempts to be the single source of news from the shareware world, and to bring more attention to shareware. For so long, the tech news has been dominated by slashdot and the likes, who don't like shareware all too much. Because of this shareware never got the attention it deserves. ......

The 4th edition of ESWC (European Shareware Conference)has just finished. It was the third edition I attended, having missed only the very first one. After 3 years in Cologne, the location has changed this year. The new location, Strasbourg, was an excellent choice. For me it is also still within the distange range that I can drive to, which allows ......

Guest entry by Marck Pearlstone Here is a short overview of the sessions held on the ESWC in Strasbourg this weekend. Saturday, November 7, 2004 Welcome by ... Didn't happen - the Mayor was busy with a council vote and couldn't get away Bits and Pixels - Increase your shareware revenues by focusing on what's important Mark-Jan Harte provided some clear ......

Last weekend, Microsoft surprised many people in the shareware world by putting the following text on their very home page in huge letters:TRY BEFORE YOU BUYThis is the very same mantra that shareware authors have been using for a long time. This text was then linked to a section of the web site where trial versions of Microsoft products can be downloaded. ......

Of course, being at a shareware conference in Russia is the ideal way to find out what is going on in the Russian marketplace. There are really 2 aspects to this: What we can buy from Russia (supply) and what we can sell in Russia (demand). Supply I already learned last year that the shareware world is very different in Russia from Western Europe and ......

Sharon Housley had a very interesting session about networking, of which I unfortunately missed the start. For clarity: When we talk about networking in a shareware conference context, we are talking about meeting people, not about connecting computers to each other. This is what these conferences are all about for me. There were of course the many ......

I had lots of fun times with Mike Burda from eSellerate on the ISDEF conference. Both he and I have been learning some Russian, but from a course that takes a different point of view. Mike has been studying Russian from a book, accompanied with audio tapes, while my course consisted only of audio tapes, but much more of them. The result of my course ......

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After a few days of sightseeing in Moscow, together with Mike Dulin, including the mandatory Red Square and Kremlin, but also with the luck of getting a seat in the Balsjoj Theatre for the world class performance of Spartacus, I arrived in the Holiday Inn for ISDEF on thursday morning, several hours before the conference started. There were many familiar ......

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