The power to see the positive in a situation is a tremendously valuable gift. Last month’s MacBook hard drive crash, for example. Just when I thought I’d exhausted all of the silver linings in that glorious event, I’d feel around one of the seams and…hey! These two bits aren’t sewn together at all! It’s another pocket, held shut with velcro! And look at what it’s lined with!
The crash bought me another month to decide on an offline blog editor. Dan Jalkut, captain of the tremendous commercial carrier known as Red Sweater Software, up and sent me a free license for MarsEdit. So there was no time limit on testing that I don’t have a code for Ecto. But when the hard drive crashed, it took out not only three months’ worth of photos, writings, presentations, emails, etc…it also took out the mojo that warns Ecto “This bum has been using Ecto in free trial mode long, long enough. Take him outside and straighten him out, willya?” Sweet! I cheated an honest, hardworking shareware developer out of another months’ worth of free usage!
But now, Ecto is completely fed up with my boorish behavior. It’s stopped working for a second time, which means that must soon choose a winner in this horse race. I’ve had both apps running side-by side for weeks and weeks now. They’re both fabulous apps. The fact that I tend to use whichever one happens to pop up first in the application switcher proves it. When you compare the two, you’re not trying to decide which one is better. You’re just appreciating that they’re different beasties and trying to decide which one is better for your own personal needs.
Welp, I’ll vote with my pocketbook soon. It’s a personal tool, and on that basis I really need to pay for whichever one I use. Plus, clearly one of these two guys truly deserves the dough.
In the meantime, you’re welcome to offer any final questions, comments, or observations before I change into my Chairman Kaga robes and declare one of these two Iron Chefs the winner.