Skip to main content

advert-ware reinvented - no free lunch

It used to be that when you bought your new PC (specially from IBM) or Mac that you received the hardware and the base operating system. Nothing more.

Then some slick marketing guys realized that they could subsidize cheap hardware by installing would-be free-ware or later adware and then it got so bad (Packard Bell and eMachine) that they were installing 100s of apps leaving little room or overhead for your own apps. Many of the apps could not be removed. And when you did a fresh install of white label MS Windows there was always some driver that was missing.

In recent years a very similar thing has been happening in the browser market.  Many of the browsers manufacturers get paid for directing your search queries to one search engine or another. The fact that some browsers give you a choice of search engines is not FREE. They are getting paid by all of them or there would be no incentive. (I have yet to see duckduckgo installed on Chrome)

A few months ago I was impressed that twitter was integrated into my iPhone. At first I thought it was a cool idea, however, now that Facebook integration was announced with iOS6 I'm pissed.  How long before all the sponsor-ware consumes enough resources that I cannot save that last family picture or favorite song? It's no wonder that Apple is moving everything to iCloud. They want all of the local storage for this new model.

We must wake up! There is no free lunch. Everything that you think you are getting for free, specially on the web... has a price. It may not be immediately obvious to you but it's there; you're just not looking hard enough.

For example:

(1) browsers - already discussed.

(2) anything GPL - strictly encumbered with viral like requirements

(3) Facebook - you are constantly advertised too and your social network is worth more than gold

(4) AIM - AOL has targeted AIM's end of life but it's intent was for marketshare and retention of their existing user base.

(5) GitHub or BitBucket - no secret there. These are businesses. At some point they should be making money with their paid subscriptions but the freebees are techno-crack.

(6) XCode - If Apple did not offer a free toolset then someone would likely underprice them (recall Borland and the Turbo brand of compilers). Offering the free toolset lets them control the API. Microsoft lost this battle but is still trying to win the war. Now they are offering an express version of their development environment.

**Feel free to suggest a would-be "free" app and I'll try to locate the cost.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Entry level cost for CoreOS+Tectonic

CoreOS and Tectonic start their pricing at 10 servers. Managed CoreOS starts at $1000 per month for those first 10 servers and Tectonic is $5000 for the same 10 servers. Annualized that is $85K or at least one employee depending on your market. As a single employee company I'd rather hire the employee. Specially since I only have 3 servers.

The pricing is biased toward the largest servers with the largest capacities; my dual core 32GB i5 IntelNuc can never be mistaken for a 96-CPU dual or quad core DELL

If CoreOS does not figure out a different barrier of entry they are going to follow the Borland path to obscurity.

UPDATE 2017-10-30: With gratitude the CoreOS team has provided updated information on their pricing, however, I stand by my conclusion that the effective cost is lower when you deploy monster machines. The cost per node of my 1 CPU Intel NUC is the same as a 96 CPU server when you get beyond 10 nodes. I'll also reiterate that while my pricing notes are not currently…

eGalax touch on default Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS

I have not had success with the touch drivers as yet.  The touch works and evtest also seems to report events, however, I have noticed that the button click is not working and no matter what I do xinput refuses to configure the buttons correctly.  When I downgraded to ubuntu 10.04 LTS everything sort of worked... there must have been something in the kermel as 10.04 was in the 2.6 kernel and 4.04 is in the 3.x branch.

One thing ... all of the documentation pointed to the wrong website or one in Taiwanese. I was finally able to locate the drivers again: http://www.eeti.com.tw/drivers_Linux.html (it would have been nice if they provided the install instructions in text rather than PDF)
Please open the document "EETI_eGTouch_Programming_Guide" under the Guide directory, and follow the Guidline to install driver.
download the appropriate versionunzip the fileread the programming manual And from that I'm distilling to the following: execute the setup.sh answer all of the questio…

Prometheus vs Bosun

In conclusion... while Bosun(B) is still not the ideal monitoring system neither is Prometheus(P).

TL;DR;

I am running Bosun in a Docker container hosted on CoreOS. Fleet service/unit files keep it running. However in once case I have experienced at least one severe crash as a result of a disk full condition. That it is implemented as part golang, java and python is an annoyance. The MIT license is about the only good thing.

I am trying to integrate Prometheus into my pipeline but losing steam fast. The Prometheus design seems to desire that you integrate your own cache inside your application and then allow the server to scrape the data, however, if the interval between scrapes is shorter than the longest transient session of your application then you need a gateway. A place to shuttle your data that will be a little more persistent.

(1) storing the data in my application might get me started more quickly
(2) getting the server to pull the data might be more secure
(3) using a push g…