Once upon a time, altruistic programmers would make their software
available as freeware. This still happens, today, but other programmers
decided that they should get some reward for their efforts. Fair enough,
they made their software available, asking people to pay for it if
they liked it. This was called shareware.
Unfortunately, only a small percentage of users actually pay for
shareware. That has led some people to look for other ways to
ensure a revenue stream. Selling advertising in the software has
provided one means. Call this adware.
Advertisers like to categorize people and target their ads to certain
categories. Many people don't like to be categorized, and won't
willingly provide information on their personal income, hobbies
and the like. This has led some advertisers to collect such
information surreptitiously. Some adware also collects information
on what else you're doing on your computer and forwards this
information back to a central server. In the old days, this
would be known as a trojan horse - a program that purports to
do one thing, but does another. This particular variety of trojan
horse has become known as spyware.
by Bill Seifert with Daniel Spurr
We went to a Windjammers lecture to hear Bill Seifert and I was impressed enough to buy
the book on the spot. I've heard a lot of people talk about ways to improve a boat, but
I've never heard one person suggest so many good ideas that I hadn't considered. Part
of the charm is the specificity of the suggestions. Everyone says you should secure your
floorboards, hatchboards and batteries. Bill shows good suggestions on how to do so.
The suggestions are very practical for the do-it-yourselfer, too. Many show how to
make or adapt inexpensive solutions. Tip #12 on closing the deck blower vents is one
that will pay off for me without ever going offshore. I'll implement that one to
stop the wintertime storms from finding their way belowdecks.
Besides modifications, the book also includes advice for operating offshore, cooking,
boat selection, dealing with bureaucracy, and more.
Bill Seifert has worked at Tartan, TPI, and Alden Yachts. He's a veteran of many
Marion-Bermuda races and now runs his own yacht management company. His tips are
born of experience--not of book-learning--and it shows. He obviously knows his