Thanks for reaching out with your
story. Yeah, I guess it's inescapable for
those of us working with tech.
I could not agree with you more. I
have been saying the same thing for
decades, but it goes so much deeper.
My first experience with the
"subscription" model was the failed
Circuit City video disc, DIVX. You
purchased the physical media at a
greatly reduced cost versus traditional
DVD discs, and then each time you
wanted to watch the movie, you had to
pay a "rental" fee.
My first impression was, what
happens when this goes bust? You're
essentially stuck with a coaster. Sure
enough, my prediction came true
Now, despite that failed
experiment, "cloud" based services
encompass almost every aspect of life.
VUDU and its kin have taken up where
DIVX died; i Tunes stores your music
library; TinkerCAD and other online
programs are gaining acceptance as the
norm; even your data is stored in the
cloud in many cases.
Every bit of this is doomed to
obsolescence by design. At least in the
case of DIVX, Circuit City could have
released a patch before going under
that would have unlocked the discs to
give buyers the multimedia for which
they paid. When companies like VUDU
go under, you've lost not only the
money you've put out on these
nonexistent ones and zeros, but you've
also lost the data.
Even worse than that, though, is
the public-accepted model of buying
hardware and being told by the
manufacturer what you can and cannot
do with it. The Nintendo 3DS leaps to
mind as but one example. I understand
the desire to hinder piracy, but piracy is
not the only reason to "root" hardware.
It would be like buying a PC and
Microsoft telling you that you cannot
install Linux on it. If you do, they will
disable your hardware. I can't
understand why the public in general
has collectively agreed to give so much
power over their lives to corporations,
Had this been the unofficial policy
back in the early days of computers,
garage-based companies like Apple and
Microsoft would never have come to
fruition. Imagine if Motorola had stated
that when you bought a 6805, you
could only use it in certain pre-prescribed circuits.
I don't know about society as a
whole, but for me, I will stick with my
physical LPs and CDs for music. I'll stick
with physical media (including my
beloved LaserDiscs and Selectavision
discs) for movies. I'll stick to open
source programs and data I can modify
to my hearts’ content — all stored and
running on my own hardware.
As an independent thinker, I will
do whatever I want with hardware that
I purchased with cold hard cash.
Derek Tombrello KM4JAG
Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I
make a habit of storing my i Tunes library
as local MP3 files, and backing those
I know that eventually the Apple
cloud will blow away with the other
clouds, or cost a fortune to access.
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