Most "lifetime" licenses operate in a transparent way - for example a rather cheap WinRAR license essentially lasts forever, so you don't even need to think about it. Does that mean I have to always use WinRAR? No, but I do anyway. The same applies to popular things like Malewarebytes - €20 and you're done, for life. Other software (like x2) usually just tack on an extra %50 of the normal license cost and then it too becomes eternal. When I first bought x2 back in 2008 it was nice and simple that way... recently Nikos started splintering things and confusing the blind punters by moving the furniture, but I suppose it all works out in the end.namsupo wrote:I find your desire for a "lifetime licence" of the software you use kind of curious. Doesn't that just lock you in to the one product indefinitely?
I'll grant you the logic of it falls down if the price of a lifetime-license is set at (for example) 3-times the going rate of a regular license, but the reality of it doesn't bear out that extreme hypothesis.
My point was more that one could freely "go away" if a product starts being silly, then return a year later (if desired) at no extra cost. If you buy single-licenses all the time, you're usually stuck in the "Save 50% on upgrade licenses" model, where if you don't buy the upgrade (within time-period <x>) and then you want to come back a year or two later (after whatever you switched to previously turned to platypus-spittle) then you have to pay the %100 cost again of a new stock license which has no doubt increased by a magnitude in the intervening years.
Now true, we're not talking about massive amounts of money (relatively speaking), but - look at it this way - I'll be the guy standing outside the window of that restaurant you were at before, smoking a working-class cigarette in the rain and plotting my revenge for the injustice of inequality and doing my bit for the revolution. I'll also get arrested trying to hotwire that Ferrari of yours, get sent to prison to learn how to be a better thief, end up finding the majesty of God and then sheltering the future participants of the revolution under my parish roof while the Gestapo of your future gated communities beat them down in the streets! So it'll all work out in the end for me (give or take a few knife wounds), while all you get is a nice bottle of wine which evaporates on the wind.
And yes, I do live life through the guise of my own little opera. What good is being your own librettist if you don't crush the tiny violins of your enemies with an overweight diva? Answer me that, and then I'll buy your annual licenses and drink your fêted fetid wines!
The ribbon is not hot - what universe are you living in? It's just one more thing to turn bloody off. Yes, there's always going to be a few kids who like it, but that still doesn't amount to being functionally superior to actually adding - like, you know - real stuff? (Maybe if I speak "in da vernacular" it'll sink in...) You want to see real ridiculous bling? That Dopus thing has a few settings which will literally make the fucused items glow and subtly emphasis their actual text-size within the listview itself as you mouse-over/select them. It's an astonishingly silly way to make your eyes bleed. No doubt there are some people who like it, but it's laughable to everyone else. On that scale the ribbon doesn't even warrant a mention.nikos wrote:the fashionistas that they need to get whatever is hot