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#194167 - 30/01/08 08:08 PM Advertisements in mIRC. 6.31
The_JD Offline
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Registered: 28/03/06
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Loc: New South Wales, Australia
Never would I have thought I would see the day... Im guessing its old news now, But I just removed the registry key to practise my ASM :P

Anyhow, I wouldnt have believed it if I didnt see it!

http://www.mirc.com/sponsors.html
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#194171 - 30/01/08 08:15 PM Re: Advertisements in mIRC. 6.31 [Re: The_JD]
Collective Offline
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Registered: 10/12/02
Posts: 3138
Loc: London, UK
Originally Posted By: The_JD
I'm a cheapskate.

Ok.

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#194174 - 30/01/08 08:24 PM Re: Advertisements in mIRC. 6.31 [Re: The_JD]
LostShadow Offline
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Registered: 12/01/04
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Loc: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Originally Posted By: The_JD
I'm cheap.


Mk.

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#194221 - 31/01/08 03:06 PM Re: Advertisements in mIRC. 6.31 [Re: The_JD]
Khaled Offline


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Registered: 04/12/02
Posts: 4418
Loc: London, UK
You and me both :-) It's not something I would have considered even a month ago. I'm really hoping that people aren't finding it intrusive or annoying. Basically all mIRC is doing is loading a page from the mIRC website, the same page that used to show a registration reminder and my picture. Please let me know what you think.

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#194223 - 31/01/08 03:11 PM Re: Advertisements in mIRC. 6.31 [Re: Khaled]
LostShadow Offline
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Registered: 12/01/04
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I wouldn't find it annoying. But it could be a good idea to make it more annoying for those that didn't pay for it. Like you could make it play short video clips or interviews with people who paid/payed their mIRC - anything to take up the victim's time. And then of course, there would be several of them so we don't have to watch the same videos everytime we open it.

-Neal.

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#194224 - 31/01/08 03:12 PM Re: Advertisements in mIRC. 6.31 [Re: Khaled]
Riamus2 Offline
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Registered: 13/10/04
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Personally, I don't see any reason why it should annoy anyone. It is the only place you see any advertisements and you only ever see it when the About dialog is shown (on start up or manually). It doesn't force a user to do anything, nor from what I've seen are the ads in any way offensive.

Granted, I'm registered, so I don't see those. Still, I found the popup of the webpage every so often more annoying than those ads when I had it running unregistered.
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#194225 - 31/01/08 03:15 PM Re: Advertisements in mIRC. 6.31 [Re: LostShadow]
RoCk Offline
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Registered: 16/12/02
Posts: 2009

Originally Posted By: LostShadow

But it could be a good idea to make it more annoying for those that didn't pay for it. Like you could make it play short video clips or interviews with people who paid/payed their mIRC - anything to take up the victim's time. And then of course, there would be several of them so we don't have to watch the same videos everytime we open it.


There is a line and I think that would be crossing it. That would just be inviting people to find a crack and then a lot of ad revenue would be lost, even from the people that can live with the nag and the simple banner. The advertisement surprised me, but I think it would be acceptable to just about anyone. As Riamus2 said, it doesn't force anyone to do anything but wait for a few seconds and the old popup was more annoying imo too.

~ Edit ~
Khaled, you could probably make a ton of money from google by adding google search to the toolbar that is always there for unregistered and optional for registered.


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#194668 - 09/02/08 05:05 PM Re: Advertisements in mIRC. 6.31 [Re: RoCk]
The_JD Offline
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Registered: 28/03/06
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Loc: New South Wales, Australia
Personally, It dosn't bother me at all... But I have a key.

I think that as mIRC is primarily text a text add (such as seen in Windows Live Messenger conversation windows) is more suitable as mIRC is mostly text based.
Perhaps adding a status bar with a customizable text/click area (on left) and advertisement on right?

I think it would be a better alternative and would allow several ads per session...

Please dont try and put in a "relevant ads" page.... The fact google does that freaks me out when I use gmail.
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#194718 - 10/02/08 03:59 PM Re: Advertisements in mIRC. 6.31 [Re: The_JD]
The_JD Offline
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I was going to suggest TrialPay... but I just noticed a trialpay ad! Nice one Khaled.

Now many more people will be able to afford mIRC (FREE!).


I first used trialpay to get WinZip... But I had to register (and make) a bid on ebay.
It was simple, Register, Bid on an item for $0.99 thats worth heaps and delete account.
eBay was willing to thank me for trying their website by paying for a WinZip licence.

As noted above, TrialPay is 100% free to us!!! and it works!


Edit: Should add some more info for other!
The link to a free copy of mIRC is: http://www.mirc.com/regtrialpay.html

Note: Not happy with the offers? Check back later as they change often!


Edited by The_JD (10/02/08 04:00 PM)
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#194760 - 11/02/08 03:20 PM Re: Advertisements in mIRC. 6.31 [Re: The_JD]
RoCk Offline
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Registered: 16/12/02
Posts: 2009

What a great idea. I just used it to buy flowers for my wife for valentines day and almost instantly I received two emails, the first from TrialPay confirming the completed transaction, and the second from mIRC with the registration code. laugh

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#194761 - 11/02/08 03:22 PM Re: Advertisements in mIRC. 6.31 [Re: RoCk]
The_JD Offline
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It's good to see that Khaled isnt going nuts like many though when he blocked Keygens (Well, added the online activation) :P
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#194775 - 11/02/08 06:37 PM Re: Advertisements in mIRC. 6.31 [Re: RoCk]
argv0 Offline
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Registered: 13/10/03
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You should have bought flowers for Khaled. frown
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#194776 - 11/02/08 06:44 PM Re: Advertisements in mIRC. 6.31 [Re: argv0]
RoCk Offline
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Registered: 16/12/02
Posts: 2009

He probably prefers cash. As do I. wink

~ Edit ~
Besides, he's not my valentine. grin

~ Edit: The Sequel ~
It just hit me what argv0 might have meant. I've actually been registered for several years, but my girlfriend at the time registered it for me because she had a PayPal account ([i]and I didn't
) and her name was used instead of mine. I saw the TrialPay today and was going to order flowers for the wife for Vday anyway. So now I have a license in my own name and I still have the other license with her name too in case I need another.[/i] smile


Edited by RoCk (11/02/08 11:46 PM)

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#194781 - 11/02/08 07:32 PM Re: Advertisements in mIRC. 6.31 [Re: RoCk]
The_JD Offline
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Registered: 28/03/06
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off topic: *starts a new thread called "Flowers for Khaled"*

Not sure if I should put it in the feature suggestions though :P

Now back on topic

Got any further advert plans Khaled? Perhaps its worth considering what I mentioned above about text links?

or add a "I'm cheap" into the version reply (Yes, I'm joking).


Edited by The_JD (11/02/08 07:34 PM)
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#194785 - 11/02/08 08:09 PM Re: Advertisements in mIRC. 6.31 [Re: The_JD]
The_JD Offline
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Just noticed, That it shows ads even when visiting the about page from the file menu... Not sure if this is intended behavious, but I personally think thats uncool lol.
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#194847 - 12/02/08 05:08 PM Re: Advertisements in mIRC. 6.31 [Re: The_JD]
swarfega Offline
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Registered: 02/10/07
Posts: 18
My mirc is registered so im not sure what happens but does it load say IE and point to that page? If so that could be annoying for anyone playing a game. Specially on an older computer.

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#194848 - 12/02/08 05:30 PM Re: Advertisements in mIRC. 6.31 [Re: swarfega]
The_JD Offline
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Nah, It load "Internet Explorer_Hidden" into memory and uses that inside the about dialog.
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#194851 - 12/02/08 09:00 PM Re: Advertisements in mIRC. 6.31 [Re: The_JD]
foshizzle Offline
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Registered: 20/08/07
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Loc: Silicon Valley
you should have the bar on the bottom and also, control who advertizes(own custom adverts)
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#194853 - 12/02/08 10:30 PM Re: Advertisements in mIRC. 6.31 [Re: foshizzle]
Mpdreamz Offline
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Registered: 27/04/04
Posts: 759
Loc: Arnhem, The Netherlands
Advertisements linked with programs tend to send off some spy-ware alarms for me. Even though i know mIRC is free of such, I'm weiry of whether that will be the general perception. I totally sympatize with you having to pay the bill but people really hate advertisements, probably even more then looking at your face (no pun intended). I really hope that this won't open up the door for (open-source) alternatives.
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#194863 - 13/02/08 02:32 AM Re: Advertisements in mIRC. 6.31 [Re: Mpdreamz]
The_JD Offline
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I seriously doubt that would happen... If people are that worried, they would revert to older versions (in fact, alot of people havmt even upgraded yet)
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