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Open source takes no hostages

Jun 12, 2009, 19:01 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Varghese)

[ Thanks to Sam Varghese for this link. ]

"If you're lucky, you may be able to recreate everything from scratch. But how many people keep hard copies of their personal and business data these days?

"At one stage of my life, I set out to write what I thought would be the definitive book on Middle East politics. Three chapters into the book, I had to pull up stumps for a while as I was relocating to Australia.

"That was the end of the project. I had used Multimate, a word processor that was manufactured by a company called Ashton Tate. The company went out of business and its document format died with it. Forty-three pages of text went waste and I ditched the idea of the book altogether.

"Why is this relevant today? The world's biggest software manufacturer, Microsoft, has just announced that after June 30, its personal finance and small business package Money will no longer be available for sale."

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