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Any recommendations about what to do with old Software hardcopies?

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Stephen Swaffer:
I understand-I was just drawing the parallel between the value being transient-just like the value sound providers provide for an event.  The value is there-with software we just get a free souvenir-that's really the only value of the hard copy once the software is obsolete-unless you are building some sort of a tech museum.

Frank Koenig:
It was a wistful moment when I binned a handful of distribution floppies for a >$3000 / seat printed circuit layout package a few years back. But at least back then you owned the license in perpetuity. Now pretty much all the big-ticket stuff is subscription. Thank the Goddess for open source alternatives. -F

Dave Garoutte:

--- Quote from: Frank Koenig on January 07, 2022, 02:12:51 PM ---It was a wistful moment when I binned a handful of distribution floppies for a >$3000 / seat printed circuit layout package a few years back. But at least back then you owned the license in perpetuity. Now pretty much all the big-ticket stuff is subscription. Thank the Goddess for open source alternatives. -F

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I HATE subscriptions >:(!

Russell Ault:

--- Quote from: Eric Snodgrass on January 06, 2022, 05:20:45 PM ---I have a few collections of old, outdated software hardcopies (box sets with individual DVDs for loading the software).  The stuff is registered in my name but I've not used these versions for many years. 
Anyone here have any suggestions about what to do with this stuff?  Shredding the DVDs and tossing the packaging is my first inclination but I thought I'd ask the community here to see if there are alternatives to that.

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I think I'd be tempted to hold onto any "productivity" software (except maybe old versions of MS Office), "just in case". Part of the reason I try to use FOSS as much as possible is because it helps to assuage my fears that 10 years from now I'll want to open up some old file I created but won't be able to...


--- Quote from: Dave Garoutte on January 07, 2022, 05:27:38 PM ---I HATE subscriptions >:(!

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It seems like most commercial software developers have concluded that there are only two kinds of software: the stuff that people will pay for a subscription to use, and the stuff that isn't worth charging for. To be fair, from a development business standpoint, subscriptions make way more sense than perpetual licenses under most circumstances.

-Russ

Brian Jojade:

--- Quote from: Russell Ault on January 07, 2022, 11:49:49 PM ---It seems like most commercial software developers have concluded that there are only two kinds of software: the stuff that people will pay for a subscription to use, and the stuff that isn't worth charging for. To be fair, from a development business standpoint, subscriptions make way more sense than perpetual licenses under most circumstances.

-Russ

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And from an end user standpoint, subscriptions usually make more sense as well, as annoying as it may seem.

Now you can buy into software at extremely low prices and use it for the term that you need to get the job done, then cancel out.  It's very helpful to have access to a wide variety of tools at low prices instead of having to shell out huge cash up front.

On a long term, it may seem more annoying, but you get continual updated versions vs getting stuck in old, unsupported versions because you didn't pay for the update.

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