View Full Version : Software designed by an enigma

Mike Field
06-07-2004, 11:41 PM
Paul Lutus is the creator of some pretty damn' good computer software. But unlike many IT types I've met he also seems to be a pdg humanist and philosopher too.

Here's one of Paul's programs, an excellent HTML Editor. (http://www.arachnoid.com/arachnophilia/index.html)

Here's another one, this time on Tides. (http://www.arachnoid.com/JTides/index.html)

And there are several more, all getatable from his Main page (http://www.arachnoid.com/index.html) (along with a stack of thought-provoking quotations.)

Oh yes, and he's a yachtie (http://www.arachnoid.com/lutusp/sailing.html) too.

But finally, here's the sting in the enigmatic tail -- his philosophy about how to pay for his programs. (http://www.arachnoid.com/careware/index.html)

Good on him, on all counts.

Bruce Taylor
06-08-2004, 07:12 AM
Enigma? To anyone who remembers the internet before it became a place of business he seems like an old friend.

His rant on Freeware is fun:


John of Phoenix
06-08-2004, 03:44 PM
Cool programs.

Very cool philosophy.


06-08-2004, 08:57 PM
Having used both his html editor, arachnophobia, and html-kit, I strongly prefer html-kit.


Mike Field
06-08-2004, 09:17 PM
Hh'mmm. Is HTML-Kit as non-nerd-proof, Meerkat? What I really need is an HTML Editor for Dummies.

Bruce Taylor
06-09-2004, 06:33 AM
We use Microsoft FrontPage...very easy indeed. With not prior experience, my nine-year-old sat down and made her own website (http://www.comnet.ca/~btmo/Kate's_pages/index.htm) .

It's been a few years since I've played with Arachnophilia, but, given Lutus' disgust with childish, narcissistic consumers, I'd be surprised if he offers much in the way of WYSIWIG tools!

Mike Field
06-09-2004, 10:03 AM
No quarrel with FrontPage, Bruce, other than the same one I have with Windows itself -- it intrudes itself between we simpletons and the nitty-gritty, and "translates" everything for us.

If one is happy with FrontPage's translations, that's great. But if you want it to do something differently to the way it insists on doing it, you need to know HTML, thassall.

(By the way, this criticism doesn't apply only to FrontPage. Web page generators are all the same. And fair enough, too -- it's their raison d'Ítre, after all.)

Bruce Taylor
06-09-2004, 10:18 AM
Well, you can use FrontPage as a straightforward editor...just click the HTML tag. On the other hand, it does take liberties with your code in WYSIWIG mode, because it has MKYBTYKY enabled (MicroSoft Knows You Better than You Know Yourself).