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    Quote Originally Posted by Enforcer View Post
    E's rule no.1 when writing software for someone for money.

    Always put a time bomb in there, so if they don't pay, it stops working and they have to contact you you get it unlocked.
    Actually there was one but only in a later version. So what he is using cannot be more than a half complete program. It is hard to decompile so I am not worried about him finishing it himself. All the newer versions try to connect to my server and download an encrypted file. If the file matches then it increases it activation time for 3 days. If you do not connect for 3 days then the program refuses to open and launches an automatic scanner. If after 30 days it cannot reach and find the encrypted file, my program self deletes all the important parts.

    The problem is, I never thought he would just use the crippled crap version. I should have put this in to begin with. I usually only put this code in when they start acting weird. This guy was starting to go for days without contact so I decided to put it in. Too little too late I guess.
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    nice.


    well the activation bit, not the fact that it wasn't in the early versions.

    Also I like the idea, but what if he has no internet connection or does what he use it for need the internet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enforcer View Post
    nice.


    well the activation bit, not the fact that it wasn't in the early versions.

    Also I like the idea, but what if he has no onternet connection or does what he use it for need the internet?
    i would take it out after payment!

    but if his internet were to go out with a version with it installed, there is that 3 day grace period that it tries to connect if there is an internet connection. It still runs. After the 3 days, it needs the connection to verify.
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    have your server accept connections, but have your soft to download wrong file , basically something fake that would never unlock your software. Then scan for connections to this service, see where the connection comes from, find the provider of his internet connection, keep your logs for further evidence that he's using the software (if it's not too late - means that before it deletes itself).
    You cannot request info from his isp, but at least have this info handy, local legal authorities can question isp, to verify that the connection was initiated by their customer, and to verify his name.

    This may help to add some % to your 50.000000xxxxxxx% of evidence.

    Just my 2 cents worth.

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    what if he were to re-install the program after it deletes its important parts? does he get another 3 days free?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enforcer View Post
    Weigh up the costs of travelling to his state, staying over if necessary (maybe more than one day), loss of earnings (unless you get some requests for out of state chinese food orders).

    Against the $1000. (and that is assuming you actually get it even if it is awarded to you and he may claim hardship and end up paying $5 a month or less a month.)
    I just finished a case like this one and here's a tip - be ready to go there twice! On my first court date, the defendant announced they were countersuing. So I had to go home and prepare for that as if it were a second separate suit against me! Luckily, I was nice to the judge's clerk and got them both scheduled around my calendar with Monday court dates so I could go there on Friday night/Saturday, party all weekend, hit the court on Monday and be home Monday night. I did eventually win, got the countersuit eliminated, and after publicizing the verdict through the court system got paid. Some states allow you to garnish bank accounts or seize non-exempt property (I think I made an off-hand remark about what I'd look like on my new boat, so I got paid).
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    Quote Originally Posted by inh View Post
    what if he were to re-install the program after it deletes its important parts? does he get another 3 days free?
    not unless he destroys the registry file too. And if he connects and the file is not found it marks itself for autodelete in 3 days with a warning. Once this has been activated then away it goes. If he reinstalls he would lose all the information inputted which is a crapload. Probably 3days of entry work.
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    ah ok cool. im gonna go with the using-an-old-half-finished-version theory too. what a fcker..

    i hope you get your money man.. one honda owner to another (88 crx si)
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    so im just wondering. what does the program do?
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