Why monopolies may no longer exist in the online space.
I was excited to hear that Danger would soon open a developer site. The license agreement seemed OK except for the following: 8. Product WARRANTY Invalid. Developer Acknowledges and agrees that the download of any software (including licensed technology) onto or tampering with any t-mobile sidekick or other danger hiptop device shall invalidate the limited product warranty applicable to any such device. Basically, what they are saying here is “Hey, you use a Danger device for development, then kiss your warranty goodbye, even if its because of our own code”. This is very sad and one would expect more support from a company trying to foster a developer community. This portion seems short-sighted at best. The next thing is the concept of Developer dollars. Basically, you’re given some scrips. Ask a question and spend them, answer a question and get new ones. So if you’re just interested in developing apps and, when you run into a problem, ask questions in the forum, you will have to pay for it. A significant quote from their site again: If you ever run out, you’ll always be able to purchase more Developer Dollars with cold hard cash. Now that’s not very reassuring. How…Read More