Love & the Ghost of Licensed Software Past

Angels fall like rain

and love is all of heaven away

Inside you the time moves

and she don’t fade

The ghost in you

she don’t fade

– “Ghost in You”, Psychedelic Furs (from Mirror Moves — 1990)

Okay, the gadget geek in me is coming out again: I think I’m in love with my new Treo 650 smartphone. While there is no knock-me-over new feature — like WiFi — compared to my old Treo 600, there are a succession of thoughtful fixes, ranging from keys, to software, to screen, to Bluetooth. I’m spending waaaay too much time messing with this thing.
And that brings me to something broader. Ask yourself this question: What was the last piece of software you purchased? While I buy licenses for all the shrink-wrap software I use on PCs, I haven’t purchased a new licensed app for any of my (three) Win XP boxes in ages. I have, however, purchased four apps for my Treo phone over the last six months. The dollar values have admittedly not been huge, but in the spirit of tracking my own behavior I find it interesting that I’m still buying licensed software, just not on my PC.

Related posts:

  1. The Trouble with Software as a Service (Part I)
  2. The Trouble with Enterprise Software
  3. The Message is the Software
  4. The Death of Enterprise Software (Again)
  5. Software Patents and VCs

Comments

  1. Marc Hedlund says:

    Paul,
    So, which Treo apps have you bought? I’m a big fan of SnapperMail, Crossword Puzzles from StandAlone, the Oxford dictionary (though it has a crappy ui), and DocumentsToGo.
    The Treo 650 has been a very satisfying purchase. Too bad Sprint is such a pain…