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We're talking about people who already ponied up $60. From that alone, you can't infer (a) that another $60 is a pittance to them, (b) that they own a MacBook or any computer at all, (c) that they are professional developers, or (d) that they are capable of using vim. If you think that any of those is a given, you're spending too much time on HN.

And how the concept of "charity" is relevant to paying customers of a product, I do not understand.

If someone already paid for TextMate, I think it's fair to assume that they own an Apple computer.



I'm not trying to be pedantic here. Both of the above are commonplace in China, for example.

Your point being Textmate has a large customer base whose primary platform is Internet café Hackintoshes... in China?

And, really, how many of those people do you think paid for a copy of TextMate?

buying textmate license to use it at a internet cafe --- HELL NOOO

I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a reply.

The concept of charity is entirely relevant here. This is a business, we're not here to give money away when we don't have to. Geez, keep your opinions to yourself, if you feel you should pay for it, then go pay for it, and donate even more if you feel it's worth it. I don't care if it's $1, $20 or $100. It's the PRINCIPLE. He's in a BUSINESS. This ain't no feel-good charity here.

This ain't no feel-good charity here.

If you're taking the hardline "business is business" angle, then he should be held to his earlier promise as a business.

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