I just wanted some thoughts and experiences with online shopping. Do you give out your VISA number on the Internet ? Has anyone used PayPal ? Is it to be trusted ? Has anyone had any bad experiences ?
12-13-2001, 02:49 AM
I actually bought a few things on the internet (mainly software) by using a creditcard, up until now I never had any problems with it.
I never used paypal.
12-13-2001, 08:02 AM
I've used my MasterCard once and my Visa once on the internet. No problem either time.
(he says with fingers crossed)
12-13-2001, 08:07 AM
My wife and I purchase things online quite frequently using our VISA. So far we've had relatively few problems, and we've never had our information 'stolen' and used by someone else. The only problems I have had were double charges by the vendors, and you can usually resolve those with a call to your credit card company and a call to the vendor.
I think its relatively safe as long as you are smart about where you use it.
12-13-2001, 08:08 AM
You can trust paypal, you can't necessarily trust the person receiving your money to send you anything though :P
I've been shopping online for years, I do it all the time, no problems as yet.
12-13-2001, 08:50 AM
I have also been shopping online for quite a while, using a Debit card which you get at the age of 13. In a few months I will be able to get my hands on a proper, and hopefully more secure, credit card.
12-14-2001, 06:20 PM
I been purchasing many VB/C/C++/ASP Books online from http://www.amazon.co.uk, using my Solo Cashcard. I have certainly never had any problems and the service from amazon is just great. I love the books I order LOL images/icons/wink.gif.
Good Luck with your online shopping experience. I certainly enjoyed my first order.
12-14-2001, 06:39 PM
I've never bought anything online, other than from Microsoft. Actually, I did buy a 3D Studio Max book and IMSI Multimedia Fusion off of eBay. Both took a few months, (MMF took about 2 months, 3DS Book took almost 8 months!) but they both arrived safely.
12-14-2001, 06:58 PM
8 months? What happened there?
12-14-2001, 07:01 PM
I'm really not sure. The guy probably forgot about it, and then came across my Money Order and said "Aw, crap!" and scrambled to get it into the mail. images/icons/smile.gif Although I'm not sure. We were starting to think it wasn't gonna come. images/icons/frown.gif
12-14-2001, 07:13 PM
Ok. By the way, <font color=blue>Post Workshop</font color=blue> is <font color=purple>g<font color=blue>r<font color=green>e<font color=orange>a<font color=red>t</font color=red></font color=orange></font color=green></font color=blue></font color=purple>!!images/icons/cool.gifimages/icons/cool.gifimages/icons/cool.gifimages/icons/smile.gifimages/icons/smile.gifimages/icons/laugh.gif
12-14-2001, 07:14 PM
Thanks, robot. It's always good to hear stuff like that. images/icons/smile.gif There's a new version lined up (called postWriter) that I'll post tomorrow.
12-14-2001, 08:59 PM
One thing I don't understand, Volte. In the about window, it says it is copyrighted, but the program is open source. ??
12-14-2001, 09:26 PM
Bah, that's just something I put there in every program... It's not actually Copyrighted by law, but it'll disuade people from stealing my source.
12-14-2001, 10:36 PM
Oh, will it now? It's a little late for that...images/icons/smile.gif
Naw, don't worry. It's <font color=red>really</font color=red> a <font color=blue>handy</font color=blue> tool.
12-15-2001, 03:04 AM
Actually, the fact that it is open source does not invalidate his copyright. Copyright means that he retains the rights to determine what you can and can't legally do with the code. For example, he may say that you can't modify it but you may include it in your project. Alternatively, he may say that you can not copy and re-use it at all; it is only for educational purposes.
What you think of as OpenSource is a very tightly controlled version of open (ironic really). They give you permission to modify their code and use it in your own programs but you are required to make your entire program OpenSource if you do.
It is just one scheme amoung many but is still protected by copyright.
You should note as well, that the fact that he is not charging for his source now does not prevent him form doing so in the future. Say you have v1 and he releases v1.5. The fact that you have v1 does not entitle you to access any later modifications if the author decides to charge for them.
12-15-2001, 07:51 AM
I once had to wait 2 months for a book to arrive. I quite stupidly ordered it from www.amazon.com instead of www.amazon.co.uk and thus had to wait for it to be shipped over here to the UK. Doh! Won't make that mistake again. I have since ordered a lot of stuff from amazon, mainly books and PC games (in fact as I speak I have 2 C++ books on order right now). I have also used www.jungle.com because they were selling some game for £20 off.