Posted by: Anonymous
on April 15, 2008 08:43 PM
Close products and close minds. People that build and use these things are egotistic beyond belief.
The kind of abuse that this company imposes on people using it's products equals the mindless following of their customers. They live in constant denial. They have excuses for everything: from why it charges for a "free update" to why these clauses are included (it's the lawyers fault, as if the lawyers own or manage the company).
The idea that the company does these things because they're necessary to make a better product also falls flat when we see other companies producing similar products without these restrictions. It's not they are perfect people capable of making perfect products. This has nothing to do with the quality or necessity of their products. It's adverting and status. You have to have it, no matter what, everyone is using, it looks cool, fashionable... You're nobody if you don't have one. Collective hysteria.
The company creates the market, imposes the rules, and takes a cut (30%). Instead of whining or trying to figure out why they have done this or if they are going change it, you better start creating alternatives.
I repeat, create alternatives. It might not be as successful as that one, but it will stop them take enough of a market to dictate to everyone what they can or can't do.
Like everyone product they make, this is nothing special, but yet people continually do free advertising for them. Every time you bitch, you promote them. And they and their products are not something that should be promoted. Not on this site at least.