2010-04-19 18:48:08 UTC
more importantly many YEARS learning the software, which takes time. I've
also contributed thousands of Source Code forum contributions and am one of
the highest forum contributers.
When I first signed up to the forums a decade or so ago it wasnt with my
real name (this is the INTERNET and I believe in PRIVACY). Bob Zale emailed
me regarding it, and I basically said "at the end of the day YOU know my
real name, the rest of the world doesnt need to". I never heard from him
Over the next decade I become one of the most prolific contributers to the
Source Code forum, and also set up the pbcrypto.com website.
Fast forward to a decade later. I email PB, and some new guy Jeff Daniels
answers the email, and goes into "oh my god thats not your real name" mode.
He subsequently suspends my forum account - essentially banning me, without
deleting all my source code contributions (ironic).
Bob Zale could've simply and quickly intervened, but he chose not to.
There are so many prolific Powerbasic contributers that have just vanished,
from Lance Edmonds to Semen Matsusovski to Steve Hutchesson to Borje
Hagsten, I always thought I'd had no idea where they've all gone to, or why,
but I do now.
Also I still keep getting spam emails from Powerbasic asking me to buy their
discounted software. Part of the latest email said "Thanks again for your
purchases. We do appreciate your business.", which I know is a lie as they
obviously do not appreciate my decade of business with them, so I wrote back
saying simply "You've proven that you don't."
The reply ...
SPAM REJECTEDInteresting - I was only replying to his spam.
I then thought I'd look at the various international job openings for
programmers to see how many were being offered to Powerbasic programmers,
and the answer is _NONE_. _ABSOLUTELY NONE_.
Even if you hang around at the Jobs subforum at the Powerbasic forums
themselves there's _BUGGER ALL_.
So my advice to other people considering using Powerbasic is PUT YOUR CAREER
OPTIONS FIRST, and realise that Bob Zale _doesn't give a shit_ about his
existing customers - neither their contributions, nor their privacy, nor do
any universities - try getting into a university with "Powerbasic
Anyway, that's been my personal experience with Powerbasic over the last
I'll let people make up their own minds.
Don't worry Bob - at the end of the day you've won, I've lost bigtime.