A few minutes ago, I released the new version 2.4. All users who have a license can continue to use the download link from the received email. The new version fixes a few minor bugs. Likewise, the problem with the System.NullReferenceException has been fixed. Some users reported malware warnings from Bitdefender and other antivirus programs. These were false positives, which were created due to the software protection. This problem was also eliminated. The download routine for external files from external sources has been revised. The files are now downloaded in the background as soon as the fix routine is started.
In addition to the changes and improvements in the software, there is now a ticket system for support within the site, as well as an area for documentation. The documentation will be filled with valuable information and tips in the coming days. There, you will also be shown frequent questions and problems and presented solutions.
I’d like to say thank you to all users who understand the fee. There was a lot of positive feedback, especially because the fee also includes the direct support and I can respond better to individual problems. While there are always people who complain when they have to pay for other people’s time and work, there are still decent people who value the project.
As for the allegations, I would be a cash grabber: I’ve worked on countless open source projects over the past 15 years, publishing templates, modules, software, interfaces, hacks, and more. I never asked for money because I never felt it necessary and I enjoyed helping other people. Over the last 10 years, I’ve uncovered more than 20,000 security holes, mostly at large corporations, banks and government institutions worldwide. Companies that spend millions a year for their safety. With my discovered weaknesses and my involvement with Zynga, I have protected 232 million people from attacks. But I never asked for money. I have never asked for money. It has always been a matter of passion.
However, I do not have time for such things anymore. And if I have to take the time, because the users simply ask for it or the project requires it from me, then I have to decide, whether the project ends or there is an alternative. And the alternative was a fee to cover all the costs (which I have to pay myself) and to justify my time invested. And I think it’s my right to charge a fee for any software I program. If you are not ready to pay this fee, you can also try a manual method. I’ve never made a secret of how it works (quite the contrary!).
The thread at XDA is currently closed temporarily. The reason for this is that at the moment there is no free version of XperiFIX and XDA prohibits a purely commercial project. As already written in the forum, I planned to continue offering a free version. However, at the moment I miss the desire, when I look at the howl and the shitstorm regarding the fee. I’m still considering whether there will be a free version or I end my contribution to XDA. We will see…
All a nice rest weekend.