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ISDEF 2004 - The Russian Market
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 the US. In Western Europe and the US, shareware is developed by single people, sometimes as a hobby, or by very small companies with maybe 2 or 3 employees. ......

Posted On Friday, September 24, 2004 12:06 AM

ISDEF 2004 - Networking
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 familiar faces of people who have known each other for years and have been traveling around the world together for all this time. It is always so great ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 21, 2004 9:44 PM

ISDEF 2004 - Learning Russian
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 is that I know only a very little bit of Russian, but can pronounce what I know just like a real Russian, with impressive fluency. Russians who hear ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 21, 2004 9:31 PM

ISDEF 2004 - The new ISDEF
ISDEF has chosen a very different approach for this year, and many changes in the shareware landscape were reflected in this conference. A new style This year, ISDEF was held in a western-style hotel in the airport area: The Holiday Inn. A very sharp contrast with last year. Everything was of course much more comfortable (and more expensive). I think everyone liked this location very much. Next to the change in location, there were some other style changes. This conference was more ready for an international ......

Posted On Monday, September 20, 2004 8:56 PM

ISDEF 2004
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 faces, but also many new faces, and some familiar ones missing. By the time it finished and I headed home again yesterday evening, it had been quite ......

Posted On Monday, September 20, 2004 8:53 PM

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