Wednesday, April 20, 2005

HSNSwitch, good for you, bad for developers!

A new utility was just released on FreewarePalm by the name of HSNSwitch (HotSync Name Switch). What this program can do is dynamically switch the hotsync name for every application, allowing you to migrate to a new pda, or just new hotsync name, without having to re-register all of your applications. I personally think this is a great idea for honest users, but with it comes a few problems for developers. Because most applications are locked by hotsync name, all that is required now to "crack" an application is a hotsync name, and a key. Before the release of this program, crackers had to create either keygenerators (keygens for short), or a patch, which alters the validation system to make it easy to illegally "register" the program. What do you think? Please feel free to comment.

You can download this program off of the authors website here, or off of FreewarePalm.


Blogger Steven Fisher said...

Anything that hurts software developers hurts Palm users much more. Software developers can always go to a different platform, after all.

1:14 AM  
Blogger Brad Green said...

You may be right, though this provides a useful tool for Palm users who do need to switch Hotsync names, if they are switching their main pda, but they cant use the same name as their previous pda, for the reason listed on the author's site.

If I were the author, I may have thought to put a hard limit on the number of different names you could use, but their are other methods of protection. Some of these involve using a specific device ID instead of a Hotsync name, which does hurt the user, because they cannot even transfer apps over to a new pda if they keep the hotsync name.

Developers are always going to love the Palm OS, and will continue to develop for it, since there are enough honest users to keep them around. Just MHO.

3:23 AM  
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3:24 AM  
Anonymous Alex said...

This is not really new, see Multiuserhack. I think this is good for the user. I have now my 10th palm and i have registered software on every palm with different hotsyncnames (i think 300 to 400 EUR). normally you have to contact the author and hope that he will send you a new key. but I don't think that the author will do this 10 times or more. and I will not pay 2 or more time for one software.



1:34 PM  
Anonymous FKA Dave Mohan said...

Changename has also bee around for several years (2001?), and even includes ChUserName to change the ID on the desktop side.

Just goes to prove "there's nothing new under the sun".

8:00 PM  
Blogger Tam Hanna said...

I nevwer ever used this program, but just want to put one thing clear: Neither TamsPalm nor Brad Green support software piracy!
Illicit useage of this program is illegal and should not be done. Pay your developers-they life off this!
Best regards
Tam Hanna

8:03 PM  
Anonymous FKA Dave Mohan said...

Just to clarify, I have to second the statements on illicit use. I tested changename when I downloaded it several years ago, then kept it around in case a need came up. The only semi-legitimate use I can think of is if you have more than one PDA that you use actively and so have different IDs for them.

6:10 PM  
Blogger Brad Green said...

A liscense generally entitles you to run a program on one device. For this reason, I do believe that the legal use of this program would be to move programs onto a new pda that you changed the hotsync name on, provided that you are no longer using the programs on any other pda. My Hotsync name is Bradley Green, and if I decided to change it to Brad Green on a new pda, I wouldn't want to have to reregister all of my programs when I am only going to run them on one pda. I cite that a possible use is software piracy, though it does have a legitimate use. I will likely keep the same name when I change pdas, just to ease the transition, and personally, I believe that this is a hassle to do for all of your programs. Like Tam said, I do not condone piracy, and believe that the software developers are entitled to profit for their hard work.

You may all feel free to disagree with me, but as long as you are the only one using a program registered to you, I would consider it "fair use", as we say in the US.


11:49 PM  
Blogger Dmitry Grinberg said...

This is the reason why all you people should stop complaining about rising prices of palm software. Developers need to make up the losses to piracy, and posting a tool that can be used for that on such a public place is also not the nicest thing to do to all the developers out there.

1:45 AM  
Blogger Tam Hanna said...

Hi Dmitry,
indeed I can understand your concerns. TamsPalm once again is against all kinds of piracy, Brad only intended this tool for the case a developer goes bancrupt..
Best regards
Tam HAnna

6:24 PM  
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