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Why companies suck, part 432513535235434234.2

Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2001 20:50:50 -0500
From: Ernie Miller <emiller@charterpa.net>
To: neomail-users@lists.sourceforge.net
Cc: neomail-announce@lists.sourceforge.net
Subject: [Neomail-announce] Important announcement about future NeoMail
development

Hi all,

Well, it's been fun. Around 2 years of development sucking up most
of my free time early on, particularly, a few code forks, near miss
lawsuit, many heated arguments over everything from licensing to design
choices. Seriously, though, it HAS been fun, even if it doesn't sound
like it. ;)

Today, I received a copy of my company's new handbook. In it,
there is a clause that states that anything developed while under their
employ that may be of interest to them becomes their property. Because
of this, no further development will be done to NeoMail. I will
continue to accept any patches, posting these at the homepage, but just
won't risk working on the software given the information in the latest
handbook, especially since I'm a salaried employee without set hours.

This should not be held against my employer in any way, as it's
becoming almost standard in employee agreements, and is solely my
decision -- no direct threat has been made against me, I'm just playing
it safe, fair, and legal. Any nastygrams sent in their direction will
likely just cause me trouble, so unless you hate me, please don't do
that. :)

I apologize in advance to the thousands of NeoMail users, hundreds
of which have mailed me over the past two years. I'll truly miss
working on the software.

I actively encourage you guys to fork as many branches of the
software as you want at this point (don't call them NeoMail of
course :)). A little credit would be nice, possibly something saying it
was based on NeoMail, would give me warm fuzzies, but not necessary.

Again, I'm sorry. :(

-Ernie
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