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Subject: CapFast follies
From: goodrich@noao.edu (Bret Goodrich)
To: tech-talk@aps.anl.gov
Date: Thu, 24 Oct 1996 11:17:30 -0700
I have completed a rather disturbing phone conversation with Phase Three,
where they quoted me a new price for CapFast for Sun workstation of $2995,
up from $1797.

During my conversation:
I was told that the price increase was because Phase Three was offering a
Motif version and the old price was for the non-Motif version.  I replied
that I've bought three Motif versions in the last year for the old price.

I was told that the price increase was for new functionality for the
Epics community, from a message received from Nick Rees and Johnny
Tang.  I replied that the message was only a few weeks old, and had
Phase Three already implemented this long list?  I guess we are
expected to pay now for future enhancements.

I was told that the price increase was for the floating license version.
I replied that I wanted the node-locked version.  It seems Phase Three
have eliminated the node-locked version and list only the higher priced one.
Three months ago I purchased a floating license version, paid the $3K, and
still haven't received the license manager.  They keep issuing me time-lock
passwords (but only when I call and complain).

The upshot of all this conversation was that Phase Three *would* sell
me only one more copy of the node-locked version of CapFast.  I have
received the quote just now, which make no reference to the "only one
more copy" verbal comment.  But I *am* getting it for $1797.  Maybe they've
put the node-lock version back in their price lists?

Would someone please remind me again why we use CapFast rather than
pcad, orcad, or the like?

bret
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