Upload & Sell: On
I don't care one hoot about the bloodsuckers at Adobe. I don't care if the company survives, in fact I hope their current greedy money grab opens the door and the competition enters and knocks them out.
(emphasis mine)… THAT, is the ticket.
In my opinion, dead on, Jim. Sort of… (please bear with me). Here’s where it gets more interesting.
I do care about the “bloodsuckers” at Adobe until a company comes along that both provides a better value and delivers all the capability I want (or believe I need)… …and are smarter about it.
At that point, the capitalistic waltz of angels reconciles the universe – and poor business decisions are punished while better ones are rewarded. If no company does, perhaps Adobe got it right.
…But then that's just me. Monopolistic companies are difficult to deal with and the mud brick company seems to be one of the worst.
In all but the most extraordinary of circumstances, monopolies never last (and when they do, it’s almost always for the greater good). Such is the charm of humanity’s intolerance of nonsense and willingness to call bullsh*t.
One (hopefully soft-spoken) thought is, in the middle of the often-unkind ocean of business, I’d rather be in a sound boat that I currently need than risk the boat to disrepair when the only other options (I currently see) are far less-capable arm floaties… even if the boat manufacturer is not being as reasonable with me as might be nice (or smart).
My preference at present, is the best toolset (and the certainty it will be there tomorrow (no need to comment on that irony)) even at the unpleasantness of a bit of gouging. Unfortunate, but true. And I’ve no doubt if theirs is an approach flawed in the details, there will be market punishment to be exacted, and it will likely come (as Jim suggests) because competition enters and knocks them out. If they don’t bring a bit more common sense to bear this is almost as certain as the laws of physics.
For now, I do wish Adobe well because I believe they have the best tools and I appreciate having access to them. My current perception is I need them more than they need me. But the way they’ve gone about reminding me of that is troubling. If and when the “knock out” comes, I’ll be very comfortable seeing their poor business decisions punished.
Till then, here’s my account number and authorization to draft. As Louis CK infers, even this sh*tty deal is a miracle – at least for now. And what goes around comes around, yada yada.
Thanks all, for being gentle with me here. I expected some slamming but everyone has been polite and restrained about the topic. Very cool.
I’ll note that this is the first time I’ve begun a deliberately controversial thread on FM. I hoped it would turn into an interesting point-counterpoint: “man, Adobe is amazing, we’re lucky to have this software” and “man oh man did they stub their toe with this one – if they don’t right it, it’s gonna catch up with them”.
“Jane, you ignorant slut”
I hope you all have a lovely week.