Crafty Like a Fox? Or Just Dumb?
Posted: Wed, 15 February 2006 | permalink | No comments
Seen floating past my eyes in my freshmeat "new releases" feed this morning is "PhpMyPixelPage", "a pre-packaged PHP Web site for creating a [...] page which mainly contains a large array of small squares where each square can be sold as advertising space."
First thing here is: the original "Pixel Page" was a cute gimmick done by a clever British University student, called "The Million Dollar Home Page". He did it to finance his studies (if he's not studying marketing, he should be), which worked really well -- he got his US$1 million, and now has plenty to spend on warm beer and grotty kebabs while getting his degree. The concept has since been copied a billion times, to (presumably) nowhere near the same effect. So a pre-built site generator isn't likely to be raking in the dough for anyone -- there's just too many copycats out there.
The real cause for the title of this post, though, is the licence. According to the Freshmeat item, the licence is "Free for non-commercial use". Can anyone think of a non-commercial case of selling advertising? No, neither can I. The mind boggles.
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