Thanks Yuri. If there's one piece of advice to give, it's that.
What I'm attempting to get at in this piece is a bit more tactical. The applications I reviewed all knew they should "be concise." But, they kept running into situations where they became more verbose while believing they were still concise.
My hope was to point out a few of the mental traps that would add clauses to sentences and sentences to paragraphs.
The data ultimately lives upstream on a corporate file server, so long as you install the "AeroFS Team Server" -- which is the backing storage agent. The Team Server is indeed optional, so you could theoretically just run things in a peer-to-peer manner, but really the recommended environment is to have the Team Server up and running.
I'm sorry you found the language confusing, but it's far from the intent (I've actually fired off an email to the lawyers to see if we can clear it up).
Specifically, when you see language like this used by us or other people, the idea is that someone would not be able to come onto your website and use the content or features of your website for the purpose of driving their own business. The main purpose of this is that any commercial benefit from your website should really belong to you.
They are of course free to come onto the website to learn more about and purchase the products and services, which they are then permitted to use under the applicable product license agreement or terms of service.
Thank you for replying so promptly and for taking my concerns into account. When I see language like that used by anyone I stop what I'm doing, unless I'm there for personal reasons. I respect the wishes of other organisations and if they make it seem like they don't want me there, I take it seriously. When people come to me for services, I expect them to take my terms just as seriously.
It is genuinely nice to see terms that are concise, even if on this occasion, I may have misunderstood. I have avoided quite a number of products and services not because I was forbidden to use them, but because of the ambiguity that large, badly-formed documents cause.
If your lawyers and my sense of reasoning can come to a compromise I am still curious about what AeroFS has to offer so will return!
In the architectural industry, we use AutoCAD drawing files that require only one person to open and edit the file. Most cloud storage options don't lock the file when it's being accessed. Other people are able to open and edit the file and therefore the cloud software doesn't know which file was the parent holder and instead updates the file based on the most recent changes.Even Microsoft's Dynamic Cache Service doesn't have a file locking feature. Therefore we need to use something called GlobalScape.
My 2 cents: many file systems do not have a file locking feature that can enforce file locking. In unix-like systems, file locks (e.g., lockf(3)) are "advisory" rather than mandatory, meaning it's up to the higher-layer apps to check whether another program has locked a file and voluntarily stop.
Any apps that do implement this feature likely do so by making the original file read-only and having the first app that opens the file work on a copy. However, I think Windows may have a mandatory file locking mechanism.
Seems like a good point. What it should be is an increased gradient for the next 30 customers, i.e. after 30, each additional is $30 a month, and then after 60, each additional is back to $15. This would get rid of the cliff at 30, but still give you guys the same revenue at 60.
The problems we had were, unfortunately, a little deeper than that.
We had to restart the client again and again to get it to sync. Eventually it gave up altogether.
At the time it took Aero customer support almost 2 weeks to respond. By that point we'd decided to migrate to dropbox.
That was a long time back so hopefully they've sorted out the issues now (with the client and lack of response with customer support). At the time it was fairly obvious to us that we couldn't use them for a key part of our business - it was just too risky.