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This is the one that is causing me the most concern lately:
0: My business partner is convinced that we absolutely must move our successful desktop software 'to the cloud'...and it should be web-based. Why? Mostly because 'everyone else is doing it'...no concern whatsoever for the fact that this business model introduces more costs for us than it's worth. Currently, it costs me nothing for a new client to install software/setup databases and start using my software.
1: Just this morning I had a conversation with a bookkeeper for one of our customers. In the last 12 months, this customer has moved two major components (POS first, then Acct.) of their business software to cloud based systems. (not changing vendors) The guy had worked this weekend trying to get caught up and sounded exasperated and exhausted. Before the migration, when the systems/databases were hosted locally, data flowed between these (and other, including mine) systems. Specialized queries and reports had been created to fill the gaps.
Things are much different now...The biggest problem is that the cloud-based POS system was brand new and not ready for feeding data downstream. Their solution...here's a special .csv export to run on demand. Not eloquent, but whatever. Wait a minute, there seems to be some erroneous and missing data...9 months later and this guy is still working overtime to do manual entries for 60 sites because of inaccuracies....and that's just the interface to our system...he is also facing the same situation with the data interface into accounting, only much worse. The lesson here...not hosting your own database(s) means that you are completely at the mercy of the vendor hosting your stuff...and they don't seem to care about your silly exports!...and they don't seem to be very keen on taking outside advice on how to provide the needed data. (such as an generating xml that could be consumed directly by a client)
2: OK, the cloud does make sense in some cases, and we have been using Azure website/sql databases for about 3 years now and it's been great. As part of a weekly routine, the databases are exported from Azure and imported locally for analysis. I found out Saturday that my weekly bacpac files wouldn't import anymore using SSMS 2016, forcing me to install SSMS 2017...for no other reason, than to be able to work with the new Azure export format! I only installed SSMS 2016 for that very same reason! I hate being forced to upgrade when the current product is working fine, and I've gotten quite used to it!
Basically the thing is that people are "jumping to the cloud" as a buzzword chase (quick print it on the brochure for our software).
And the thing is that you can't just turn a desktop app into a cloud app. It would take more design than that.
Totally agree with you.
Finally, this is a huge on for software users:
I hate being forced to upgrade when the current product is working fine, and I've gotten quite used to it!
When will companies understand that it is a total waste of time for users when users have the functionality that they want. I know it's a bit facetious but Windows 7 really had everything I wanted and a very nice interface. But Microsoft had to change everything (and yes I'm a Win10 user).
The Hammer Analogy
Imagine if carpenters had to upgrade their hammers because version 2.032 of nail came out.
The carpenter goes into the hardware store and says, "My hammer doesn't seem to be working." h/w guy: which version of nail are you using? carpenter: 2.032 h/w guy: oh you have to have version 3.87 or better of hammer then. carpenter : @$%&@%^!@!! what advantages do the new nails have? h/w guy: they're cheaper for the manufacturer to make. carpenter : @$%&@%^!@!!
I am creating a website. My website is based on WordPress. I want to make a website by html, php and css. Which procedure I will maintain first? WordPress base website is easy to make and hard to get rank. It is not fully secure that I think.
Probably exists somewhere in the ancient CP Archives, but times changes, so how do you take your coffee? (not-at-all persons should start their own thread).
For some years, now, I drink it black/unsweetened. When I make my own coffee, or have good stuff on the outside (such as StarBucks), that's it. By the pint.
At work, however, we have vats of swill - and to make them palatable I will either use a cinnamon stick, or more often, several stars of Star Anise[^]. They're both best used repeatedly, as due to their rugged nature, if used quite a number of times the effect increases as they soak through. The star anise, in particular, will make acrid brews smooth and mellow (comparatively) as they lounge at the bottom of the mug. Do not so much as to make it taste like licorice.
Here's a tip from pintrest for those who brew standard can coffee in an automatic brewer: Put your coffee in the filter as normal but add a liberal pinch of table salt on top. Smooths it over. You wont so much notice it until you are used to doing this but forget one time.
Not sure I'll try it - an extra source of sodium I don't need (when I brew coffee, giving said opportunity, it's good coffee to begin with).
Interesting, though. I can see that working. I learned to replace salt in cooking with hot sauce and garlic. These, it turns out, mimic the salt effect, which is savory and mellow (unless there's too much). Maybe I'll give it a shot, with a sprinkle, in a single-cup brew, just to taste the effect.
I drink my coffee black, no sugar.
starbucks long black (or whatever name they're using these days) tastes like crap, total utter crap.
now this is the same stuff they use in their other drinks, except those are loaded with all sorts of condiments and flavours, milk, cinnamon, 10 different types of sugar, pumpkin, radish and who knows what else.
just like 2 year old kids, anything tastes great if you add enough sugar and/or other sweet crap to it. Yes, that's all they are doing, putting sugar on sh*t and feeding it to you.
Here in Singapore I can get a 'local coffee' for $1, and it tates great - local cheap Indonesian ground coffee suspended in a double muslin cloth bag in hot water - it tastes fine. I get table service too, $1.00!
or I can pay $6 last time I looked (years ago, probably getting close to $10) at starbucks, for 'selected blended child and slave labour free Kenyan coffee beans' and it tastes awful. I have to queue up for that too. It is the worse coffee ever, even mcdonalds does it better.
Summary: As a coffee purist (black and none), starbucks is a complete flavour fail, and a rip off to boot, not just 'a little more for the brand,' it's an utter gouge of peoples stupidity.
Like paying the price of a brand new AMG merc and getting a 40 year old Trabant: not exaggerating it tastes that bad and is that much over priced.
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Try the starbucks blonde coffee (i forget what it's called). Run in, order a tall blonde coffee and say it's because you like your coffee like you like your women. The barista will roll their eyes like they've heard it 1000 times before, but i assure you, they are laughing on the inside. But typically i agree that drinking the regular starbucks coffee...it taste like it was strained through an old boot and mixed with tar.