The "disclaimer" is pretty much standard for a warez / cracks site. I believe they all copied the same one and pasted it on their web page.
The thing I don't get is that their host has an "Acceptable Use Policy" very similar to FQ's. I know FQ wouldn't let someone have a domain called crackstore.com on their servers, but this bridge.net does. What do they expect to find at crackstore.com anyway? Windshield repair kits?
I haven't received a reply from the host, the cracker himself, the webmaster, or the administrative contact of the domain, and I don't really expect one either. Either way, that particular crack won't work in the downloadable version now, which is another reason I like having my file hosted under my complete control (another thread), and not on ftp sites all over. 10 minutes and it's recompiled and ready to upload.
I knew from the beggining of VDJ that eventually I'd find a crack or key generator, and that's not what bugs me about this. My problem is that version 1.30 wasn't that great - many bugs and installation problems. So I didn't expect it to be cracked. Version 1.40, just released on the 15th, is a thousand times better, and I didn't change the algorithm for the reg codes. The crack is for 1.30, but of course works with 1.40.
I figured on at least a couple of weeks before a crack, and since I thought there wasn't one for 1.30, there was no need to change the algorithm and put my 11 regged users through having to get a new code.
Now I'm worried that these 11 users will be the only ones to register. Go to AltaVista and you can find it easily, probably at a lot more sites than just the one.
So basically, 1.30 didn't generate a lot of money because it had many bugs, and now 1.40 won't because it's been cracked before it was released. Maybe version 1.50 will do better...
I'm worrying over nothing. I know that the guys who made WinAmp have lots of cash, and until recently, there was no limitation at all in the unregistered version. It was like honesty-ware. And people paid. I guess there are some good people on the web yet.
My talent will NOT be shattered by some lamer wannabe's that can't pay me 30 lousy bucks for my program so I can get a carton of smokes
I always have and always will look at a challenge as an opportunity.
I'm into electronics, and when someone tells me that something can't be done, I ask "Why not?" The response is always "Because I've never seen it done." Ok, that's when I figure out how and prove it. Same thing with programming. I was told by a few poeple that the whole idea of VDJ was dumb and that I couldn't do it. Ha! I love a challenge. Unfortunately, so do crackers. "This program is crack proof!" Oh, yeah? They will spend many hours/days/weeks to prove otherwise. I've been there, so I know.
They will continue to challenge me, I will continue to challenge them. I'm not fighting the battle, I'm just presenting them with newer challenges, and vice-versa. It may wind up being fun. "Crack this!" "Defeat this!"
Most of your better crackers (like Fravia+) will not post a crack when they figure it out. They will show you how to do it. Lamers, just looking for an easy way to avoid paying, will not find what they want, and will move on or, hopefully, break down and purchase. And the people who do this sort of cracking would never have purchased anyway.
But those who search the net for an easy, ready made crack, maybe would if their search turned up nothing. That's what ticks me off. The lamers.
Well, I've done it again - I've made this page take forever to load due to rambling. Sad part is I talk like this, too
Thanks, everyone, for all of the replies. It's helped me to cool down a lot. That and turning off Slayer and putting on VDJ to play random tunes
Justin Nelson, SFE Inc.