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ASPects for February 2014: Remote Software, Free Software, and Organized Web Sites

February 1st, 2014

, Editor, ASPects

The February ASPects is online now, for members of the Association of Software Professionals. Al Harberg writes about when it is not OK to give away your software, and how to organize your website for both people and searching. And I’ve added an article about what software or services to use for remote technical support.


ASPects, February 2014

ASPects, February 2014
What is Missing from the ASP?
by Michael Riley
I had just hung up the phone after talking with Gianfranco Berardi when I realized exactly what the ASP is missing. It’s called “esprit de corps”.
     The dictionary defines “esprit de corps” as “the common spirit existing in the members of a group and inspiring enthusiasm, devotion, and strong regard for the honor of the group”… (page 1)

Trade Show Calendar
(page 2)

ASP News
4th Quarter reports, recent board motions (page 3)

Coming Soon: A New Public Website for the ASP
by Jerry Stern
Our new public web site will launch during February… (page 3)

Stop Giving Away Freebies
by Al Harberg
Too many software developers give away their products and services for free. While there may be times when it makes good economic sense to give away your software, you should be looking for ways to turn free products and services into money-makers… (page 4)

Organize Your Website and Sell More Software
by Al Harberg
Website quality can make or break an application’s sales. While the article you’re reading is not a substitute for a custom website review, here are some tips that have helped other
microISVs organize their web pages and sell more software… (page 5)

Remote Support, Monitoring, and Telecommuting: New Choices
by Jerry Stern
A lot has changed since my round-up article of remote connection software products in the March 2011 Issue of ASPects. There are more free products; there are more services; and some of the existing services have either been abused by phone scammers or have changed their pricing programs to the point where they are no longer competitive… (page 7)

News & Press Corner
FTC Tells Consumers to Hang Up on Tech Support Refund Scams(page 10)
Apple Inc. Will Provide Refunds to Settle FTC Complaint It Charged for Kids’ In-App Purchases Without Parental Consent (page 10)
FTC’s ‘Net Cetera’ Advises Parents on How to Talk to Kids About Internet Use (page 10)

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