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An interview with Critter of Serials 2000
The product is simply titled Serials 2000 v7. It's the latest version of the popular database of serial numbers. Serials 2000 is billed as a great place to add your serial numbers and to make life easier for you and me, the kind folks have already populated it with serial numbers and CD-Keys and even update it through regular emails. What a service!
Obviously, there'd be a few people in the internet community that wouldn't approve of such a program, software houses and anti-piracy groups just to name a few examples.
Serials 2000 is not the only place you can get this kind of information. In the seedier quarters of the internet, serial numbers, hacks and patches are as abundant as Brittany Spears tracks on Napster.
The reaction to serial numbers is an issue that I'm planning on delivering in the near future, however what better place to start the exploration than with Critter, the voice of Serials 2000. Critter writes the columns that are included in the regular update email and through this, it felt like the logical place to start.
I must also add too that during the course of this interview, we had Christmas, New Year and the release of the 2001 edition, Version 7. Critter, although busy, still found time to share some thoughts.
Hey Critter, thanks for doing this.
Who or what are Serials 2000?
Who is Serials 2000??
How'd you get your start on the
How'd you get involved in "The Scene"?
I'd like to ask what it's like being the voice
of Serials 2000?
How many contributors worked
on the concept and structure of Serials 2000?
We have developed an internal application, that makes our lives a bit easier and also allows other groups to submit their serials directly to our database. Portal is our coder, and I'd like to say he has done an outstanding job with the new version, he has been able to incorporate most of our users suggestions. And last are our updates. Twice a month we send out updates (patches), that add and or update the serials in the db. We keep a "subscriber list" for sending them out. And we have several sites that offer our downloads, as we do not for legal reasons.
When working on a release, are you a team or autonomous
Have you had any pressure from the corporate for
doing any of this?
I spoke to Getright creator, Michael Burford and asked if he got annoyed by people who used services such as Serials 2000. His answer was that some people would never buy software, no matter what. I was wondering what other reactions you have had from software developers?
About a year and a half ago our website was shut down by the FBI when we were hosting copies of the program for download. Other than that....only a couple letters of termination from ISPs that have received complaints from people.
One thing I'd like to mention (not sure if I did in an earlier answer or not). I get a lot of emails regarding the morality of S2k. Here's my $.02:
What Michael Burford (Getright) stated was true. There
are some people out there that will never buy software. But there are
those out there that do use S2k to extend their evaluation periods before
they buy the product. I believe that it all comes full circle. Lets say
I use a cracked/regged version of Dreamweaver at home. The company I work
for decides to expand to the web and is in need of someone to handle that
task, well I, with my (now) excellent knowledge of Dreamweaver can suggest
that as a product, because I am already familiar with it and can then
(hopefully) assume that new position with a possibility for higher pay.
So there is at least one copy of Dreamweaver that I have talked my company
into buying, and quite possibly more as time progresses. I believe that
a lot of (smaller) programs get a boost from cracked/regged versions.
I think the morality of it all comes down to the end user. If you do not
agree with what we do, then you don't use it.....simple as that.
Sorry for the rant....and the ramble :)
What's your day job?
What's the point of Serials 2000. Is it a lark,
a political statement or filling a need in the internet community?
Thanks for the opportunity
Critter - Serials 2000
To find out more about this group the first place to
check is their own headquarters, www.serials2000.org
. To find the product,
I thank Critter for his time and for his viewpoints.
2002 update: I've found an updated Serials 2000 here. Bear in mind that it is a cracks archive so it may not always work, but they do have 2002 updates for Serials 2000 - Helpful Grant Removed 150808 Fascist Grant
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