Now, sometimes you can just tell when a video will go viral in a community, and which community it will strike sparks in. This video was a lead-pipe cinch for Reddit’s /r/geek community (thread) and Reddit’s more venture-capital-oriented spinoff, Hacker news.
This prompted quite a bit of comment, on Reddit and on Hacker News, related to a push to get people to donate to the author as a way to pay him back for all the money he never got for his software when it was in active use.
So what, though? Trumpet Winsock is just communication software: Specifically, it’s a socket implementation on top of a TCP/IP protocol stack implementation, which means it allows programs on operating systems with no native Internet support to access the Internet. Who, when you get down to it, cares about that?