I was reading some of the comments made by Mr Robson from Adobe. Now, I have Photo-Shop 6, with the retail PS 7 upgrade. It was legitimately obtained several years ago through, and for, my (then) job as a printer. After reading Mr Robson do an extremely poor job of attempting to justify their pricing, and being very arrogant and dismissive of his customers while doing so, I determined that if/when I feel the need to update, I will not be considering another Adobe product. I'll use Paint-Shop Pro or similar, or go with one of the better free-ware alternatives.
As for Windows, I've always considered its cost to be excessive, and its licencing requirements are beginning to be quite ridiculous and bizarre. I like Windows 8, and, apart from the flat, bland look, am very happy with it. But although I had no issue ponying-up $70 for the introductory offer, I would never consider paying the $399 full retail price.
I'll definitely be keeping Windows 8, but if Blue continues down the cloud/subscription path, and continues to treat desktop users as second-class citizens, there's an installation of Mint 14 (Cinnamon) in Virtual-Box and I'm quite liking it. I've dabbled in Linux on and off over the years, but only as a diversion. But now, I'm going into it much more thoroughly, and I'm liking what I'm finding.
I can see the day coming when things will be reversed, with Mint being the host and Windows in Virtual-Box for the stuff I can't run in 'Wine'. I've no need for or interest in touch on a 'serious' machine, and will state categorically that I will never use the cloud for file or data storage under any circumstances, and will NEVER pay for subscription-based software. Again, I'm quite happy to go open-source or freeware, and indeed have done so many times previously.
Now, I just KNOW that some of you will disagree, and that's just fine. But, I'd ask you to remember one thing. I am not you. I may compute in a different way, perform different tasks, consume different content, and a different amount of it. My actual tasks and needs may vary from yours, and I may (and do, actually) need more 'horsepower' than a tablet can supply. No two users are the same, and
they shouldn't be regarded as such, or even expected to be.
So, if you are happy with your ways, wants, decisions and wishes, please allow me to be happy with mine.
Its exactly because I've got all this different stuff that I know Microsoft is heading in the right direction, one OS for everything and everything synced through the cloud.
I've got Apps on my phone, Apps on my tablets, Apps on my PCs and they're all different with the exception of a few. I just want a simple life and I believe Microsoft can give me that eventually.
If you've got just one PC or even two and they're not connected, it doesn't matter what you use, as long as they run your apps. When you've got all the stuff I've got you really need everything the same.
I'm not saying I wouldn't play around with other OSs, but I want all my tablets and PCs etc to talk the same language.
What a coincidence Wenda.
I'm currently trying Mint in a VM and already quit PS.
I'm using GIMP to replace PS, it's free, does some pretty neat stuff.
I'm also curious where Blue is heading and the same: no fan of cloud and subscriptions here either.
That's all good, Bill, I wasn't knocking your choices, or anyone else's, just putting mine forward.
As for the cloud, I don't mind it for email etc, but I don't feel at all comfortable storing stuff there.
Companies go broke or start data-mining, terrorists attack, equipment fails, hackers breach
security, and of course, last but by no means least, there's always our oh-so-trustworthy (NOT!)
governments and not-always-ethical 'law enforcement' agencies. I also have a very limited internet
access plan, which precludes streaming, and isn't always useable (I don't regard 64kb/sec as
'useable', sadly my ISP does).
I've nothing to hide, but equally I've nothing I want to share without my explicit authorisation. That
can only be made easier if I retain both physical and digital possession of the data/files.
But, to each his/her own. Cheers!