Cloud computers are computers you can only use with someone else's permission

As Adobe Creative Suite struggles with its license-server outage, stranding creative professionals around the world without a way of earning their living, a timely reminder: a cloud computer is a computer you're only allowed to use if the phone company and a DRM-peddling giant like Adobe gives you permission, and they can withdraw that permission at any time.

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  1. I didn't want to pay subscription fees, and Adobe still hasn't bothered to update Photoshop Elements for retina display, so I switched to a combination of Acorn, Pixelmator and Aperture. Very glad I did.

  2. This is sort of like how rental housing is housing you can only use if someone gives you permission except that we have all kinds of laws about rental housing to protect tenants. Similar laws to protect people renting cloud computing are going to be very slow coming, and until then, it really is the digital equivalent of slum lords who will send their goons to evict whenever they feel like it.

  3. Do you have experience using this for commercial offset printing? I'd be interested to know how well it works with separations and spot colors, and if it can import INDD files. I spend my work life running Adobe applications for web and print, and I'm dreading the day my options become bend over and take it from Adobe or walk away. It'll save my bacon if I can walk away from Adobe and continue to make a living without having to rebuild thousands of files.

    I haven't moved the the latest version because I have an attitude problem. I would like to buy software and use it, rather than rent it. I believe this marks me as a dinosaur.

  4. When was the last time that you reviewed Maslow's hierarchy of needs?

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