Alex Payne of Twitter (the social network everyone but me uses) has posted a well structured list of software he’s paid for but no longer users. I am in a similar boat thanks to sites like MacZot, where I have licenses for shit I will never, ever use again or for applications whose functionality was replaced by something better later on.
Unloved software I bought through MacZot
- Audiobook Builder
- This came with some sort of bundle that I purchased, and apparently I kept no records of it. I never used it, and I don’t know that I’d ever want to, but I did technically pay for it.
- Somehow Austin motherfucking Sarner horn-swaggled me again and took $10 of my money to contribute towards his inability to get a fucking hair cut. What was I thinking? Why did I buy this when Burn does all of this shit for free using the same publicly available OS X frameworks and with none of the lame UI bullshit?
- Hawkeye, rooSwitch, KIT (now called Together)
- Hawkeye suffers from one a pretty common problem in OS X, in that it wraps open source software in a cocoa front-end and then charges you money for it. Since I don’t give a fuck about DVD mastering, it was an unused license. rooSwitch swaps preferences. Neat trick, but useless for me. However, in that same bundle I got Together (then called K.I.T., or Keep It Together), which has actually been a pretty handy tool for sorting and managing the sheer volume of incidental fluff I seem to invariably accumulate.
- Data Guardian
- This seemed handy at the time, worked and looked like shit when I paid for it, and now I cannot get the insanely over-complicated license manager on the site to recognize that I ever paid for it. High regret over the money I wasted on this Epic Fail application.
- Direct Mail!
- Came in another bundle (maybe the one with Audiobook Builder?) and it’s another application which does something I just don’t give a fuck about.
Abandoned software I bought for work
- Mocha MacX TN5250
- Purchased in my former life as an AS400 operator, I only regret that I never got my boss to comp back the $25 that I spent on this. It made absolutely every single night where I had to dial into work while on call so much easier. I haven’t needed it for almost 5 years, but I’d still use it again if I had to connect to another AS400.
Abandoned software I bought for myself
- God, who pays for file sharing? The developer (David Watanabe) is sort of an asshole, my license was constantly corrupted/lost/missing whenever the software was upgraded, and in retrospect, paying money to pirate shit is pretty fucking brazen. This was $25 I’d like back.
- And here we come to the first application which Austin motherfucking Sarner used to bilk me out of my cash, as “Neometric Software”. I had a library of about 200 burned DVDs to archive, and this app was the cheapest at the time. I paid for it, and like, 6 months later the last update was released and that was that. Buggy, featureless, slow, and unstable, this application alone is grounds for me to fight every single member of The Delicious Generation to the death.
- Sean Kelly made software so usable that Apple hired him. While this has been supplanted by TextMate and CSSEdit in my work flow, I have no regrets over this. I used it often and it had the best remote site editing available at the time.
- This application is awesome, but a lot of the functionality I needed has since been replicated (and extended) in the equally awesome CSSEdit, which I already had a license for. I keep it around for the occasional use when CSSEdit falls down on the job (maybe twice a year?) but overall it’s just gathering the digital equivalent of dust (bitrot?).
What’s the take away? I guess if you walk away from this knowing that Austin Sarner is a sack of crap, that MacZot pushes a lot of really mediocre shit with the occasional gem mixed in with the turd nuggets, and that sometimes even good software gets replaced by better software, then you got the message.