International Shareware Day is an annual celebration that is observed on December 9th of this year. Computer programmers and their work are often left unrecognized. The programs and coding they have written are used in all the technological equipment including your automatic washing machines to your ATMs. International Shareware Day recognizes all those software designers and programmers who create code and programs. It is a Day for those programmers who work tirelessly to make their lives easier, more pleasurable, and useful.
“I believe in copyright, within limited precincts. But I also believe in fair use, public domain, and especially transformation.” – David Shields
The International Shareware Day was created by the former actor David Lawrence. It is celebrated on the second Saturday of every December. He was a tech talk show host who created this Day to encourage the programmers and their work. Shareware is a proprietary software initially provided free of charge to users. The users are then allowed and encouraged to make and share those copies of the program. A website or a compact disc included with a magazine offers the shareware as a downloadable form. It is available with most computer software. The term shareware refers in contrast to that of open-source software, and its source code is available for the public to inspect and alter.
Andrew Fleugelman in 1982 created the first piece of software called “freeware” which was PC-Talk, a telecommunications program. Bob Wallace in early 1983 released the program PC-Write (a word processing tool), in which the term “shareware” was first used. There are so many types of shareware available that don’t require an initial up-front payment. Adware, Demoware, Crippleware, Trialware, and Donationware are some of the different shareware available for public use.
Other Celebrations on December 9
December 9 is also celebrated as
- Techno Day
- International Anti-Corruption Day
- National Pastry Day
- Christmas Card Day
- Gingerbread Decorating Day
The best way to celebrate International Shareware Day is by appreciating the programmers you know for their incredible work for our betterment of life. Show your gratitude by leaving a comment on the shareware website you use. More precisely, you can show your token of appreciation on social media using the hashtag #SharewareDay.
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