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If we still paid for software like we did 15 years ago, we'd probably have a perfect solution by now. Instead we have a bunch of "free" options that all want to harvest our data.

15 years ago? More like 25. The "free" mantra is basically as old as mass-adoption of the web.

But yeah, some sort of ubiquitous fat client, possibly even integrated in the OS, would probably have appeared, and it would cost $50.

Hey. To be fair, they also show you ads. Gotta make money to run the service.

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