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Merlin on MacBreak Weekly 75

MacBreak Weekly 75: MacHeist Replies


Hosts: Leo Laporte, Merlin Mann, Andy Ihnatko, Scott Bourne, and Alex Lindsay


Guests: Philip Ryu of MacHeist, Andrew Welch of Ambrosia.

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Apple reports record earnings… then stock tanks, Philip Ryu of MacHeist and Andrew Welch of Ambrosia give counterpoints to MacHeist discussion, and more.

Here's a direct MP3 download of our marathon 107 minute, nearly-ruined-by-Skype-farts MBW 75.

And, hey, whaddaya know? MBW is having its Diamond Anniversary. I should pick up a necklace or an industrial drill for Leo.

This week, Leo invited Philip and Andrew on to talk about MacHeist. I hope they feel like they got a fair hearing and were able to say their piece. For myself, I'm still not sure how I feel about MacHeist, but I'm persuaded that the process is improved over the first time it was offered. On a personal level, it was cool to be given a chance to talk to Andrew, whose Ambrosia Software has been with me like a secret friend for almost as long as I've used a Mac.

This time around my pick of the week is Airfoil by Rogue Amoeba (although I also profess my affection for lots of other stuff Paul makes). Good interview from last year with Paul over on Ars Technica.

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Re: RE: Vesuvio on Merlin on MacBreak 75

My campaign analogy was aimed more at gauging the integrity of the individuals in question, but your "middle man" analogy is a good one. This is what I meant when I made reference to those shady companies that repackage OpenOffice as a commercial product. I can't argue that MacHeist isn't good for consumers, but then, Wal-Mart is good for consumers too, but is it good for communities? Is it good the for manufacturers who get squeezed for lower prices? The core of my uneasiness is this: what is the intent of the MacHeist creators? Is it to help the little guy get a foothold, or is it to make a profit? Would they even bother if it were an entirely altruistic venture? I doubt it. So if profit is the primary driving force, I just can't shake the feeling that there's a degree of exploitation going on here.




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