Why giving Designer Client away doesn’t matter to college students
(Reposted from my BleedYellow blog of Sept 22)
In some Caribbean islands, they had introduced weasels to try to control the rat population. The only problem was that the weasels hunt during the day while the rats are active at night. Instead the weasels went after birds and other species and mostly left the rats alone. Well, targeting the new age of developers with free Lotus Notes Designer software is much the same.
While it is good that Lotus Notes Designer is free, what is the point if the people most likely to use it can’t? That’s right, they can’t use it. Why? Because they have Macs. Yes, at Bellevue College, right here in Microsoft land, at least 1/3 of the students working on a degree in web development own Macs. These people like public domain software. They use OpenOffice, iTunes, any browser except IE. These are the same people who jump for any software that DOESN’T come from Microsoft. Yes, so close, yet so far.