Patti’s scathing review of InfoAve Premium, Issue #406 (The cloud issue)
(It) Saddens me to see comments and assumptions by you folks that because some us are not jumping on the “cloud” computing band wagon or jumping right into the “replace everything computer” every month in order to keep up with technology has something to with our unwillingness to “accept change” or apparently, according to the “study” you shared we’re too stupid to change.
Well, I’m glad to know you folks are rolling in enough money to keep up with all the breaking technology. Millions of us aren’t.
For some reason us “stupid” low “IQ” folk think feeding our families and trying to keep a roof over their heads is more important than wasting precious little monetary resources on new computers every couple of months.
Contrary to popular belief, there’s millions of folks who cannot even afford internet service let alone the luxury of every new gizmo that’s out.
I really used to appreciate your perspective . .. what saddens me is the obvious lack of respect and even more obvious assumptions and judgments you make regarding the realities of some of us who have been loyal customers since you started this little empire of yours.
These days, I find your responses are often demeaning in tone and mean spirited in word use.
God forbid any of us might actually be less privileged than you and frankly do the best with what we CAN AFFORD.
We never mean or intend for our words to sound mean-spirited. Usually if receive any comments at all about our word choice, it’s that we’re too wordy and too silly sometimes. I don’t recall anyone ever referring to us as “mean-spirited”.
We never said or inferred most of the things you accuse of saying. We’ve never called anyone “stupid” – that’s for sure. We were in no way telling anyone to “jump on the bandwagon” of cloud computing. It is our opinion – and the opinion of many others – that in the future you may have little choice, and that’s the point we were making. We were careful to state we are not endorsing the cloud, promoting the cloud, or encouraging the use of the cloud. We were simply showing people what’s available to them right now, in the cloud. If educating people as to the options available is jumping on the bandwagon, then we’re guilty.
As far as rolling in the money – we are not. That’s for sure. To be honest, we’re barely keeping our heads above water right now. Every week we face a struggle. We suffered during the first phase of the recession and we’re suffering during this phase. We have cut our expenses as far as we can. But we promise you, we’re having serious financial woes as are many small business and families. We are certainly not rolling in the money. It’s strange that you have to have money to keep up with technology. Since you have an Internet connection and a browser, you have exactly the same access to the tools we use to keep up with breaking technology. That’s right. We use a free web browser and read about new technology from free sites on the Web. We don’t pay anyone for any of the information we find and relay to our readers. We don’t know why you think it costs money to keep up with breaking technology.
You’re reference to “low IQ” was unfair. That statement did not come from us. It was from a newsbyte – a story on an Internet news site about the results of a study which showed IE users had lower IQs than users of other browsers. We found it interesting – but we don’t agree with it. We featured it because it was new last Friday. It was also featured in USA Today and on CNN and probably in hundreds of other newspapers and news shows. I really doubt that anyone reporting on the study were agreeing or disagreeing with it. They were just reporting it, as were we. It is very unfortunate that you think we posted that newsbyte because we agree with it; we most certainly do not.
Your comments are filled with untrue remarks, saying we are a “little empire”, “rolling in the money” and our we make “assumptions and judgments”. Our small business is far from a “little empire”. We don’t understand what assumptions and judgments you refer to. The facts are the facts. The cloud is growing because it gives people the convenience they want. Not everyone feels that way. Some people don’t need the convenience of the cloud – just like not everyone needs the convenience of a smart phone. Computers will become more cloud-based. That’s not an assumption or a judgment – it’s a fact. Google’s Chrome operating system will be featured on several models of laptops coming out this September. Windows 8 will, in large part, be based on Windows 8 Mobile OS – a cell phone operating system, which in part, is cloud-based. Whether you like it or not, whether we like it or not, the cloud will become more and more a part of our computing lives. Just because we point that out, does not mean we’re jumping on the bandwagon – or even that we’re proponents of the cloud.
Finally your last statement about what you can afford, confuses us. Every single cloud-based application and service we featured last week was free. Cloud-computing does not mean increased costs. We never suggested anywhere in Issue #406 – or ever – that you need replace your computer every couple of months. That doesn’t make sense; that would never be necessary. We never said anyone had to use any of the cloud-based applications or services we included in Issue #406. Far from it. We simply showed our readers some of the many cloud-based applications that we found useful, and thought maybe our readers might find them useful as well. Every one of them were free – or offered a functional free version.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion. We respect your opinion, but we certainly don’t agree with it. It’s hard for us to imagine where you got some of the ideas you related in your email. We’re really sorry that you think we’ve changed, that we’re rolling in the money, that we have a little empire and we have become imperious — or that we look down on anyone. We have not changed. We still respect every one of our subscribers. We are not proponents of the cloud, we’re not encouraging or discouraging the cloud. The cloud is growing whether you or we like it or not – and more and more we’re going to be using it whether we really like it or not. Widnows 8 will be more cloud-based than any Windows before. Google’s Chrome OS will be featured on laptops for sale beginning next month (September 2011) – and it is completely cloud-based. And this is only the beginning. We have nothing to do with this trend. We are simply the messengers – we are not encouraging it or discouraging the cloud. It is what it is. The fact is the cloud is growing rapidly.
We published your comments and questions because many folks think that they are being forced into the cloud – but they’re not. At least not for now and probably not for a few years yet. It’s our job to keep our readers informed; to make everyone aware that cloud is growing and it’s going to become more and more a part of our computer lives, for many it already is.
We’re not pushing you or anyone else into the cloud. We are not jumping on the bandwagon. It is just a fact that the cloud will continue to grow. The cloud is nothing new – anyone who uses or has used Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, or Gmail – and anyone who is or has been members of forums or bulletin boards – have been using the cloud right along.