12Bytes Software

The 12Bytes website contains a variety of Windows software which i have written over the years, many of which are utilities intended to make living with Windows a bit easier and/or more productive.

12Bytes software does not contain any malware, spyware, viruses, pop-ups, browser hijackers or other such nuisances.  It does not “phone home” unexpectedly or connect to the internet unless it is internet related software and/or has a version update checking function should you wish to use it. Software released as Freeware will not nag you for donations, as much as i appreciate them, nor is there any trial period or limited functionality. For software which is packaged with an installer, i tend to use Inno Setup which is a trusted and well known installer.

I prefer that none of my software be deployed by unethical corporations, governments or other entities associated with defense contractors, militaries, banking, pharmaceuticals, mining, petroleum, mainstream media and entertainment, etc.. My software is intended for people, not greed driven, propaganda generating, earth killing machines with an absence of ethics.

If you want to share my software with friends, please send them a link to this website rather than sending them the file directly. This ensures they have access to the latest version and accompanying information. If you’re a webmaster, please do not hotlink to the files directly.

Install Monetizer

In order to keep software free, i do sometimes package an offer to install 3rd party software. This is not part of the actual program and instead is part of the installer. Users are never obligated to install anything they do not want to and can simply opt out of installing the 3rd party software. I use Install Monetizer for this purpose and they are certified by McAfee and registered with the Better Business Bureau.

Before incorporating Install Monetizer offers, i tried several other techniques in order to generate at least a tiny bit of income, all of which failed or i was not happy with. If you are interested in the details of my efforts, read on…

The first method i used to generate income was the one i was most happy with and that was simply to ask for donations. After many hundreds of downloads, i received exactly $0.00 so i had to try something else. On to plan B, which consisted of installing a few desktop web shortcuts that simply linked to other software. If the user clicked the links, i got a few cents. That also went over like a lead balloon and generated exactly $0.00. Plan C was to make some of my software shareware/demoware and force users to pony up a couple bucks to unlock the full potential of the program. I really did not like doing this and it was a headache for a few reasons, but at least i was receiving a little income, mostly from AutoClipX which seems to be quite popular. Even though the shareware model was generating a little something i decided to kill it and, instead, started using Install Monetizer which allowed me to go back to a freeware license. I virtually never pay for shareware of any kind as there are almost always free alternatives, many of which are better then their commercial counterparts, so i wasn’t really comfortable asking people to pay for my software. Even though this latest method generates far less than the the shareware model, i am still happier with it overall as it eliminates several problems and stress on me. The only downside from an end-user perspective is that i may not answer support requests promptly, but they still get answered!

Alternative Information

I have researched a wide variety of topics over the years and will be publishing some of this material here. Subjects will include alternative health products and practices, mainstream media, governments and politics, spirituality and more.