Autodesk announced a couple of days ago that it would be pushing all its products to the cloud in the next 3 years.
It would have been a pleasure to skip this altogether, but there is a fair amount of noise out there about this already. One Autodesk Revit blogger seems ecstatic about the change, in fact, if you are looking for information on the Autodesk cloud, this guy’s site has a pile of it:
“This means no more piracy”?!?!? What planet… uh, whatever. When software companies are trying to protect their own assets, they do it badly enough, but when they are trying to protect a customer’s assets, I would guess that they do it even more badly, if I can use such language.
Remember the days when people used to consider Microsoft evil? Well, Microsoft is going to be your best bud when the cloud is done with you. You buy an overpriced operating system, yes, but you can use it until you no longer have hardware to run it. These were the quaint good old days. Oh, let’s mix some metaphors. An old time country singer sang about coal mining:
You load sixteen tons and what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt
St. Peter doncha call me cuz I can’t go
I owe my soul to the company store
You get on that corporate teat, and you’ll never get off. Which is the point. As evil as Microsoft is, they only charge you once. You get bug fixes for free. Google never charges you. They just bombard you with advertising and own everything you do online. The cell phone companies are the real tyrants here. You think the Matrix movie was sci-fi? It’s not even prophecy, it’s just telling it like it is, there coppertop.