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From: "Cheri Casper" <>
Subject: RE: [GENBOX] Not that it's any of my business
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2004 11:48:54 -0800
In-Reply-To: <000001c3e442$a2870d00$6401a8c0@micronxp>

Tom - The counter on Cnet downloads indicates that GenBox has been
downloaded over 4000 times. I suspect that the user base is quite a bit
larger than your guesstimate. But it makes me no never mind, because I love
the program and that wouldn't change if I were the only person using it.

PS Some programs have a cult-like group of followers who think there is no
room for improvement in their program at all. I'm sure you know what I
mean, but they are dead wrong as we both know.

-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Morris [mailto:]
Sent: Monday, January 26, 2004 11:29 AM
Subject: RE: [GENBOX] Not that it's any of my business

> From: [mailto:]
> Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2004 3:04 PM
> Does anyone know what the size of Genbox's user base is?
> I check the forums and there's very little activity and these
> mailing lists are only generating about 300 - 400 messages a
> month (and most of them are from the same people) Just
> curious on how many people are using Genbox.

If I were to guess (and it would be a guess), I'd say the user base is
60 to 100. When I purchased in December, 2003 about 25 payments had
been made using PayPal for Genbox (but there are other payment schemes).
About 35 people have sent more than one or two emails to this list in
the last year.

Presumably this question is an attempt to determine the long term
viability of the program. My analysis is that Genbox will probably be a
contender. I think the low level of use so far is a reflection of a)
lack of marketing efforts and b) early stage teething issues. It sounds
like marketing is starting to ramp up and I'm hopeful that the stability
will continue to improve.

The other aspect of this is that the author has demonstrated a
willingness to stick with it. You can read about Genbox 2.02 for DOS on
the Thoughtful Creations home page from 1998 here :
It was just a charting program then, but it looks like the beginnings of
the current incarnation was in alpha test by September 2001 :

My interpretation of this is that the author is going to stick with this
for a while.

I'm personally thankful that this list doesn't generate more traffic.
I'd like to think it's a reflection of the sophistication of the user
base as much of the size. I subscribed to the TMG list for a while and
the things sent to the entire list were just mind numbing e.g.

"Thanks, Susie"
"Your welcome, Thomas"
"Susie - Thanks for being polite enough to say 'Your welcome'"
or "How is the weather in Old Blighty today? It's mighty cold here on
the plains, but I'm baking me self an apple pie."

The ability to stay on topic, know what's appropriate to send to the
entire list, and lack of defensiveness about the program (they can ALL
be improved) are welcome differences on this list.


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