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Posted by Grungies1138   (5 posts)  [Biography] bio
Date Fri 09 Jan 2004 05:25 AM (UTC)
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Pocket PC!

I have one with WiFi and would love a Mini MUSHClient for Pocket PC 2003.
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Posted by Nick Gammon   Australia  (21,674 posts)  [Biography] bio   Forum Administrator
Date Reply #1 on Sat 10 Jan 2004 03:29 AM (UTC)
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Nice idea. However it isn't really practical to do a whole rewrite for different platforms, especially if they have a small market.

Even on Windows, arguably the largest market for PCs in the World, I only sell a comparatively small number of copies a week.

The weeks (or months) of work it would take to port to something like Pocket PC (or Palm etc.) would never be recouped in Shareware sales.

- Nick Gammon

www.gammon.com.au, www.mushclient.com
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Posted by Norbert   USA  (61 posts)  [Biography] bio
Date Reply #2 on Sat 10 Jan 2004 08:20 PM (UTC)
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You can get PocketMud 1.0 at http://www.pocketgear.com/software_detail.asp?id=668&associateid=262

Norbert

-Do you know what it's like to fall in the mud and get kicked... in the head... with an iron boot?
Of course you don't, no one does. It never happens
It's a dumb question... skip it.
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Posted by David Haley   USA  (3,881 posts)  [Biography] bio
Date Reply #3 on Sat 10 Jan 2004 08:48 PM (UTC)
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Well, yes, it's possible to make a MUD client for PocketPC, but I believe Nick's point was that for him, he might sell a few copies, but it would take him considerable amounts of work... for months of time investment he'd sell even less than for MUSHclient, so the time is better spent on MUSHclient.

David Haley aka Ksilyan
Head Programmer,
Legends of the Darkstone

http://david.the-haleys.org
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Posted by Nick Gammon   Australia  (21,674 posts)  [Biography] bio   Forum Administrator
Date Reply #4 on Sat 10 Jan 2004 10:19 PM (UTC)
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It is interesting that the comment on the web page link you gave says "It has some bugs and sometimes it causes my system to break down. There is no support. The link is dead and www.interstring.com leads to a japanese fiddler-page. ".

This is the problem with (some) free software. It isn't worth the author's time to spend hours supporting it for no return, and even in the case of Shareware, if you only get $10 a month, it amounts to the same thing.

Mind you, some "free" software is absolutely excellent, for instance things like the GNU suite of programs (eg. the compiler gcc), however sometimes it is hard to see how they make money to pay their bills.

There is a clue on the main web page www.gnu.org - this statement: "Last year, over 67% of our operating funds came from individual donors. That ongoing support is the primary way we can continue our work. Please consider making a donation today ...".

- Nick Gammon

www.gammon.com.au, www.mushclient.com
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Posted by Grungies1138   (5 posts)  [Biography] bio
Date Reply #5 on Mon 12 Jan 2004 07:56 AM (UTC)
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PocketMud worked great. thanks for the info. I do understand about the time investment. I was mostly curious about the amount of time you thought it might take. Thanks for the info though guys.
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