No more subscriptions!
Seriously, I am full-up with subscriptions and auto-renewals. This goes for Adobe (no thanks!), Microsoft (are you nuts?), magazines (seriously?), and Columbia Record Club.
I'm even getting weary of my health club, newspaper, home-phone/DSL, wireless phone, and Sat-TV bills.
Do you REALIZE how much money we are throwing away in subscriptions ranging from "only" $9.99 to $50 per month? It's getting out of hand, and it's only sustainable until we lose our jobs.
Somebody, stop the madness. Oh wait, that somebody is me! Whoohoo!
So we can all complain about Adobe's subscription cloud service, and to be sure, Adobe deserves heaping tons of scorn and steaming derision to match their treatment of their customers.
Adobe has responsibility here, yes. But did they commit crimes? Actual crimes, I mean. Probably not.
Identity theft could be cut down to a very small percentage of its current occurrence if only we would make the punishment truly stiff and painful. Physically painful, even.
Right now, it's a slap on the wrist and no action at all if the perps are in a country where no punishment exists.
I submit to you that maybe THIS is the true root cause of the problem.
Identity theft should carry a 10-15 year sentence with no more than 5% time off for good behavior. Repeat offenders should never get out.
But that would be more harsh than the punishment for murder, which is pretty much only 8-10 years, with 40% to 60% off for "good behavior". Sigh.
gefrorenezeit: Happy that i stopped doing business with them by the time they wanted to take me hostage for using their products and sorry for the ones who do not have a choice.
I'm not sorry for others. They made their bed. Some like sleeping in it; good for them until they can't pay one day. Others will toss and turn the very first night. Life goes on.
justinwonnacott: Why is Adobe's stock performing so well ? This news seems to have haad little effect.
Stock is performing so well because the cloud based subscription model is currently successful and popular.
Not with me, I will never do this. But it is popular and Adobe's revenue and earnings have risen. This is a major reason that a stock goes up. Another reason is that the books are being cooked, which I think is always a possibility that should be considered.
At some point, however; it will stop. It has to stop, and there are many possible reasons for this: New competitor with a better (or cheaper) product, new ways of doing things, disinterest by the customer base, a bad economy causing people to drop their subscriptions, etc.
The point is, eventually, Adobe will run out of new people to sign up for the subscription, which will cause revenue and earnings to level off and go sideways (or downward). This will probably signal a top in the stock. You saw what happened to Apple stock. And Microsoft before it. This is a common lifecycle for stocks.
I would choose Aperture because Apple doesn't do subscription-only, and because it is not Adobe. Like using Corel because they're not as evil. Yet.
When I hold a grudge against a baker, manufacturer, or candlestick maker, I tend to hold it for a long long time.
Decades. Plural. This is how I roll.
Okay, I clicked through the article and just read the headlines and the first two sentences of each paragraph. I skim, it's what I do best.
I think we're missing one or two items. Didn't we learn anything about Adobe and/or subscription models? Like maybe people hate them? Or maybe people like to say they hate them but they really like them?
I think this article is incomplete without some treatment of this important topic.
EDIT: Oh, it's ten things we learned THIS WEEK. Maybe that was in last week's article...
larrytusaz: Again, not a fan of having to click "next" for every single item on the list. Hate that design, hate it, hate it, hate it, hate it. (By the way, I notice that the same ads remain, so what's the point?)
"Shutter shock" on the Olympus E-5--a lot of Olympus users have complained about that, and despite the great images the E-PL1 and E-PM1 were capable of, it, along with the fact that it took Olympus forever to improve their sensors, is why I moved to Sony NEX via C3. I've never noticed the shutter shock problem when using it, & its sensor was way ahead of the older m4/3rds models, the newer m4/3rds models cost much more since it took them so long to get the newer sensor.
Martin-C, I will try this! Maybe I just need to shift my reading of DPR to iPad.
And people say they don't know what they'd do with an iPad, pah!
I was about to read this article, then subconsciously trying to procrastinate the click click clickfest, I jumped down here to see if anybody had written anything interesting that would not require a reload and that lag for the ads.
I agree with you. In fact, I agree so much, I think I'll just skip the article. Ads here take too long to load, and surely I can find something better to do with my Friday evening.
I believe that we are getting precisely what we want. More and more monthly payments. "It's only $10 per month!" "It's only $49.99!"
I say we like it. No, we LOVE it. Not just Adobe, but everything. 90-day same as cash. Netflix. Cable. Smartphone data plans. Health Club memberships. You name it, we (as an aggregate) love our monthly payments!
I of course am dismayed by this development, and also by the attitude of some posters here who have taken the "if you don't like it, just shut up and leave us" attitude. For a group of people who like to fancy themselves as accepting of other creative ways of thinking, this is not very open minded thinking. You're winning anyway, why be such poor winners?
Just don't insult those of us who don't want more monthly payments, okay?
AlexCHStudio: Any camera is just a tool. The only thing that matters is to have an appropriate tool for a job. You can do everything you need with just a screewdriver - that is totally fine with me, but I need a whole bunch of other instruments, including a hammer, to do my job. What we are talking about?
"What we are talking about?"
Bubble levels. :D
Fellas, try to see the possibilities. Like may creative types, I'm getting a vibe from you .. a lot of resistance to new ideas here. Yes, resistance from creatives. ?
Ferling: Simple question: Would you feel comfortable around folks wearing these?
I might wear one. We'll see how all my friends who love red-light cameras feel about this.
f64Craft: $609.59 US Dollars is alittle much for an iPhone accessory.
$610 is dirt cheap if it provides you with proof of having been brutalized by police. This just happened a week or so ago, and the police said that the people had no right to complain to the press. A picture is worth a thousand words.
Alternative Energy Photography: I made a small donation once to the American Red Cross to help the people who suffered the devastating Christmas tsunami.
What I got in return was a lesson in persistence. Or just punishment. It was a new and constant flow of US Postal Mail, email, and online harassment; sometimes two or three times per week in each method, asking for more money "because the need is so great!"
My guess is that the Red Cross must have data mined my bank check somehow and got a lot of information that I didn't want them to have.
After a year or so, I had just had too much of it. I called them and asked to be removed from all mailing lists. I entered my name into the national "do not call" registries. I cleared my browser cookies and sent ARC mail to my junk folder. I returned their US Mail with "Return to sender - Remove this address from your mailing list" scrawled in big black Sharpie script.
It took almost 5 years to stop the harassment. I will NEVER send money to the ARC again. Ever.
So to continue my thought...
I often thought the same thing as this article and CRS is positing. I am not into useless, feel-good actions for such serious things. You won't find ribbons on my car or worse yet, stickers of ribbons on my car.
I prefer to do something that will really matter, and often that means giving of my time or money.
But then I want to be done with it. I made a decision about 15 years ago to never donate to the same cause twice in 3 to 5 years. Habits encourage complacency, and I don't want recipients of my donations to start thinking they have me hooked for life.
It also forces me to not be myopic or complacent myself.
The problem is, I do not want the followup contact. I hate subscriptions, and if you keep asking me for money each month, how is that not like a subscription?
Accept my money, go do your good works, and leave me alone.
Of course, nobody does that except the church collection plate (but only if you donate cash).
I made a small donation once to the American Red Cross to help the people who suffered the devastating Christmas tsunami.
jkoch2: Well, what might be the "best" way to raise money for disaster relief? Challenge #1 is to get attention. Remember, the sea of potential donors will prefer the sensational, even the lurid, over the bland. Scenes of pain and destruction are the only plausible tools. An abstract or sermonizing plea is doomed. Attention-grabbers don't necessarily raise money, but money won't come without attention.
Otherwise, how to explain the countless articles, stories, or pictures about certain social celebrities? Publishers and editors count the hits and conclude, correctly, that viewership soars based on certain key names or types of content?
But here's an effective (but unpopular) proposal: a univeral $0.01 / click or $0.01 / email tax whose proceeds would go to disaster relief. This would also virtually eliminate spam.
[Why do I hear boos?]
I agree with Cane.
My taxes are so high it is hard to come up with donations. And government is not an efficient or even good-hearted benefactor. I have less money to donate, and to make up for that, I have no freedom to choose where the government applies it, so it goes to things I don't agree or support.
The picture on the left...the guy looks like he's just a UPS guy unloading a truck with somebody's delivery.
The one on the right; that looks interesting.
But I don't read papers with sports sections. Sports sections are boring to me.
RichRMA: Newspapers are dead. This (firing all their photogs) is just a pathetic effort to stave off the inevitable.
I still read Investor's Business Daily in newspaper form. That it has no sports section is a relief because it lowers my "noise floor" of useless information. ;)
Camediadude: What a plummet in quality.
The big corrupt old media outlets, not barely even shadows of their former selves, are all dying their quick deaths, one by one. Good.
What are you talking about, "rapidly"?
It's like a slow-motion crash of two amoebas. At this rate, the Sun Times will outlive the very youngest of DP Review's readers!