Adobe’s Vampire Spirit

Per Apple Insider:

Users of older versions of Adobe Creative Cloud apps including Photoshop have been told to stop using them or face potential “infringement claims” from third-party companies who are unnamed but suspected to be Dolby. Adobe cites only “ongoing litigation” as the reason for the abrupt announcement.

Amazing how this problem with a subscription model continues to recur. Initially, we were renting digital media like books, movies, and music. One service shuts down, you lose access to your library; no portability. Software is beginning to suffer the same fate: when the licensing of the thing/version ends, so does your ability to make use of what you’ve paid for.

Have you paid less (per month) than an initial upfront purchase? Sure. Questionable ownership is a serious concern, though. You could buy software one time and use it indefinitely, but replace the one time purchase with a subscription model and you may not be given the right to subscribe indefinitely.

A great rundown of the fallout from this by from Michael Tsai.

https://mjtsai.com/blog/2019/05/14/adobe-case-study-in-why-customers-dont-like-subscriptions/

Excessive Costs

OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei:

We know that an IP rating would be the simplest way to prove our phone’s capability, but the certification doesn’t help us communicate our focus on your real experience, which is why we created this direct and relatable video to show you what our water-resistant quality can actually bring to you in your real life in a more powerful way… And just like other smartphone brands that do IP classify their devices, our warranty does not cover water damage.

But they can pay Downey, Jr. for an ad? How does that “prove our phone’s capability”?

And then consider Apple’s approach: Phil Schiller has a slide on stage showing the phone dropped in a pool, and the thing is IP-certified, and yet you still can’t get coverage when you bring in a water-damaged phone.

It Puts the Con In Foxconn

Per The Verge:

One month after Yeung’s comments and promise of a correction, every innovation center in Wisconsin is still empty, according to public documents and sources involved with the innovation center process.

Compared to this:

President Trump has high hopes for Foxconn’s new plant in suburban Milwaukee. Speaking today at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, he called it “the eighth wonder of the world.”

Yup.

A Conspiracy to Kill IE6

Per ChrisZacharias.com:

IE6 had been the bane of our web development team’s existence….We began collectively fantasizing about how we could exact our revenge on IE6. One idea rose to the surface that quickly captured everyone’s attention. Instead of outright dropping IE6 support, what if we just threatened to? How would users react?

Something I would immediately think of as “this is a great idea!”

The plan was very simple. We would put a small banner above the video player that would only show up for IE6 users. It would read “We will be phasing out support for your browser soon. Please upgrade to one of these more modern browsers.”

This whole thing is a great read.