He blocked users in the US for some other inane reason a year or so ago. Treefinder (the software in question) hasn't been updated for several years and has been surpassed by other (better) tools, anyone still using it would be doing so out of habit rather than it providing any insightful edge.
It seems Jobb is ignorant and racist, and this article has no tangible scientific angle - it's just stirring up controversy.
It goes against decades of tradition. In the past, the upgrade was offered at a discount to reward your customers for staying with you. It also reflected the lower acquisition cost for that release -- since you didn't have to spend any marketing dollars to find them.
Their policy was saying "We appreciate your loyalty, but only for the next year then you'll have to go back to paying full price." But the year didn't start on the renewal date, it was back-dated to the anniversary of the original purchase date. Which meant if you didn't renew on time, you weren't getting a full year .. maybe only 8 months. It was a money-grab, but one I could tolerate.
I made sense if you think about paying for updates in terms of paying for their work. If you wait 3 months and then get 12 months license for updates you effectively got 15 months for a price of 12. They may be hesitant to offer that to you on a discounted price. I think it makes perfect sense.
The 3 months were spent using the previous version, so you didn't get the benefit of the improvements in the upgrade. But this scheme means you paid for them anyway.
Anniversary date: March 1st
Upgrade announced: June 1st
You get around to purchasing the upgrade: September 1st
You get to use the new version for 5 more months (until March 1st) before your upgrade premium expires.
You didn't "use" the new things but you get them now. They've spent 3 months developing stuff which you now want basically for free. Think about it as paying for work, it takes time to develop features, say 1 feature a week. You didn't pay for 3 months, they added 12 things. You now get them without paying if you were to get 12 months since renewal.
It really is no wonder they don't want to offer that on a discount.
Meetings! I always make sure I have a pen/pencil and notebook/piece of paper when I show up for an in-person meeting.
Maybe it's just me, but if I'm trying to explain an idea to someone and they're busy tapping away at their keyboard it really bugs me. Are they making notes on what I'm saying? Or are they checking in on HN? Ditto for the rare occasion when I'm in a dull meeting with a laptop - it's really difficult for me not to browse my inbox should a message show up, and then I think about a reply, and then I'm lost...
I find physical handwritten notes in a meeting is less distracting for both the speaker and the listener.
Maybe it's just me, but if I'm trying to explain an idea to someone and they're busy scribbling away on their paper it really bugs me. Are they making notes on what I'm saying? Or are they doodling?
But really, I agree that handwritten notes can be less distracting. Interestingly, typing notes on a touch-screen tablet can be less distracting, and the single-app limitation helps avoid external distractions as well.
That's an interesting point about the tablets - I don't think that would bother me so much. Maybe my laptop paranoia is related to the screen being hidden... Not that I would (or probably could) look at someone else's screen as they type, but having a horizontal note taking surface seems less like you're hiding away from the conversation. Or maybe I'm just over thinking it now.
Agreed. I can't pay proper attention when I type notes on a laptop during meetings. And it would seem that other people can't either. I scribble notes on a notepad and then transcribe them after or create tickets from them.
I've noticed that people often get caught up editing and formatting while typing (especially when the screen is shared), whereas with notes, people don't worry so much about that, so it's easier to stay focused.