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Name: Keith Hoerling
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Keith Hoerling is a pro FreeSoftware passionist striving to increase his contributions to the public domain. Please feel free to visit my homepage above for other open source contributions I've made to the community and download at will!


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8 May 2003 (updated 8 May 2003 at 04:38 UTC) »

Please update your bookmarks. I'm hosting a diary at Live Journal which may be read here:

My Friends-

Approaching 4 years of designing purely liberated, enterprise quality, free open-source software and I'm begining to grasp a more firm understanding of the general publics' orientation toward my projects and possibly free software as a whole. An orientation that may be verified empirically within all the correspondence I've been delighted to keep--mostly pertaining to my projects--throughout these long years. My conclusion to this orientation isn't pretty, so here goes:

Once software is declared as free (read: terms of the GNU Public license), the user does not wish to pay any amount of money, not even a nominal one-time-only only fee, for any services related to the software and it's operation (updates, generic help, feature requests, user additions, etc ...)

Thus stated, I'm faced with an interesting dilema:, the main source of downloads for Windows Control (a popular project of mine), decided to begin charging for software listings--even for free software posters such as myself, thus leaving 2 viable options. I can release software updates everywhere except and live with the fact that users are running outdated software. Or, I can pay the fee out of my own pocket so that others may use my software freely, the same software that was updated with their requested features and modifications. I know a few users of my software are switchers from proprietary, cost based solutions, so what gives? Does anyone else sense the duplicity here? All I'm asking is for small donations to cover the software listing fee. Please consider this. Thank you.

A Starving College Student, Keith

Memories of elder life events and more recent vacations are so vivid in my mind recently, constaintly reminding me of the great fun a majority of these events were.

Lately I've been riddled with running numerous errands drawing much time away from each day. Whew.

Most excitingly, Mark's 21st birthday bash was last Thursday. Least excitingly, he threw up in my car. More excitingly, he paid for us to clean it up at a self-use car detailing facility.

Life Beckons, Keith

5 Feb 2003 (updated 5 Feb 2003 at 05:59 UTC) »

A warm hello to anyone reading this.

Today, I was enroute to school (starting day for 3 classes at CSUF), slowing down for a turn, depressing the brake pedal a bit, when I noticed the pedal didn't seem to offer any resistance. Stunned and curious, I hit the pedal again to test and it went straight to the floor board--krikies! The master break cylinder failed. The car will still coast to a long stop with the pedal on the floor. So, using a combination of that and the parking break (thank god for the nice pull-back lever and not a sticking floor kind), I was able to creep the car into a near-by shop. I left the car there, walked a block to a car rental, picked out the cheapest car available and made it to Fullerton 20 minutes into the first class as to not be dropped! Whew.

Luckily I didn't need to stop short and wasn't on the freeway. It seriously happened when no cars were in front of me--at 8:45 in local traffic nonetheless--a good omen of sorts.

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