Yes, that is why I'm disappointed with Wikipedia. You see, when the Internet was brand new, it was actually a real tool to empower MicroISVs such as ZIPmagic. Software was novel. Online sales were novel. Software consumers were educated. There was virtually no crapware. So you could actually get noticed through grassroots sites like Wikipedia. People would appreciate what you'd be doing, and not label you a spammer, just because you were trying to level the playing field with yourself and the mega-corporations.
You actually *could* use the Internet back then to level the playing field with the mega-corporations.
Fast forward to today, and you have the chicken-egg problem. You have to be real big to get mention on places like Wikipedia. Well, if I'm already that big, I don't need a mention on Wikipedia. And for the record, if you Google ZIPmagic, you'll already find outlets which have picked up my press releases, found them newsworthy, and published articles based on them. If that trigger happy American hadn't rushed to delete my entries and actually bothered to provide guidance, I'm sure he would have agreed. But he's getting hammered by tons of actually frivolous edits each day, that he's had it with it all, and his job success in fact depends on his trigger happiness. Sound familiar?
Same with respect to the people accusing me of hijacking threads on tabletpcreview. They're trying to solve a problem - WIMBoot'ing. I've got a solution that does it in one click, and in many ways much better than you could with WIMBoot; in fact I've grown to 11 reasons why you should use DoubleSpace, or 11 things you wish you could do with WIMBoot and can't:
Now people could respond to this in a couple of ways. They could say you're shamelessly self-promoting (like wts here), or they could realize I've solved their problem in a much better way than they could ever hope for, and thank me for it. You get both kinds, it goes both ways. But in the past, you got more thanks than complaints for sure. Now, I consider myself lucky if I have a few appreciations for the work I've done, such as those shared on tabletpcreview.
I believe all the crapware publishers out there are casting serious doubt on the credibility of legitimate sites like my http://www.zipmagic.co. This is why people on some other forums like donationcoder go rabid and accuse me of being a snake oil salesman. Just like the Wikipedia editor, they've been hammered so many times with the junk, that they no longer recognize the diamond buried in the mud with the rest of it all. The non-educated consumer has simply been burnt too many times by crapware. Of course, crapware couldn't reasonably claim to be crapware, and it has to claim to be the best. For that matter, look at any archiver, they all claim to be the best. I attribute the current over-suspicion primarily to over-saturation of the market, and even more so, the rabid proliferation of utter junk software for the PC (in addition to, everything else Microsoft have been doing to bury their own platform, of course).
I've given ZIPmagic my best. It certainly was a great experience building the latest DoubleSpace technology of it. I very much enjoyed collaborating with Synchronicity, the level of technical support I received from him exceeds, without a doubt, the level of service one receives from allegedly professional, and commercially successful software component vendors. While only a masochist could enjoy the perpetual harassment of wts, I also found it very interesting that his idea actually helped me cross a huge chasm in building DoubleSpace: That of running Windows in exclusive processing mode; with Misty being a much more friendlier and compassionate help at that end. All of this has been great.
But when it comes down to marketing, its just a dead-end all around. The Internet is simply not what it used to be. The mega-corporations have all woken up. Like a decade ago. Heck, the governments have even woken up, and are using the Internet to spy on everyone and everything. This is certainly a very, very different world than it was just two decades ago.
I now see, truly, how naïve I was in my adherence to futurism.