Scott's Thoughts

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“Chris King’s Cielo to Cease Production”

“How To Make A Blockbuster Movie Trailer”

“Amazon might take on Ticketmaster with concert and sports ticket sales”

“Cabin bus lets you sleep your way from SF to LA”

“Indira Varma on Favorite Moments, Ellaria’s Passion and Politics”

IMAX 3D to Dwindle in North America”

“Look Over the Letters and Pages Featured in ‘Stormborn’”

“Porsche quits Le Mans’ top tier to join electric racing series Formula E”

“Waze arrives on Android Auto”

“Wonder Woman 2 set for release in December 2019”

“Our Dogs Can Get Lyme Vaccines And We (Still) Can’t. When Might We?”

“Forget the Brake. Electric Cars Mean One Pedal Driving”

“BBC’s Tony Hall confirms Doctor Who’s Jodie Whittaker will be paid the same as Peter Capaldi after salary storm”

“Shazam will be the next DC Universe movie after Justice League and Aquaman”

“Google Play Music now works with Apple’s CarPlay”

“‘It’ director Andy Muschietti signs on for Sony’s ‘Robotech’ movie”

“Jodie Whittaker is Doctor Who’s Thirteenth Doctor”

“The Lightroom Manifesto: Adobe has lost its way”

“‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ behind the scenes footage is here”

“The General.”

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“Why We Love 1Password Memberships”

“Disney offers a first look at Star Wars land”

1password Moves to Subscription Software Model

1password, my favorite password manager, went to a subscription model recently, and there has been a lot of reaction to that, almost all of it negative.

My first reaction to seeing this news was “ugh”, because it really does seem like I’m being nickel-and-dimed each time some app published wants me to pay a subscription for something that was working just great as a one-time license product. In this case, I did get over it mostly because of utility: I use 1password all day, every day. I really like 1password as a product, and I think the developer really is the kind of company I want to trust this kind of work to. I recognize that being an independent software company is hard, and the subscription model is one of the solid ways for them to stay independent and making first-class products like 1password. I really, really don’t want to see them snapped up by some other company or–worse yet–go under.

I had a discussion about this over the weekend with Mike, who’d recommended 1password to a colleague and was appalled to find that there was no way to “just buy” 1password as he had done, and I sympathize. His point was that he didn’t see any value to the enhanced Windows support, “travel mode”, or the other things that the subscription brings in addition to just a great Mac and/or iPhone client. He is happy with Dropbox support, so the cloud service wasn’t a value-add either. Again, I sympathize with his position, but I can see why they’re doing it.

Is 1password worth $36/year? IMO, yes, so I subscribed. Good luck to them.

As a postscript, let me add that I recently bought a new MacBook Pro, and had decided to go with a clean install, rather than restoring everything from a backup of my old machine. I’d decided in advance that I wasn’t ever going to install the Dropbox client on it, and moved completely to the 1password cloud service for my passwords. It was slick: I installed the 1password software, logged in to my 1password account, and everything was just there and working, without the invasive Dropbox client. Very nice. I did the same with my Windows gaming box, and the new client there is much, much better than the old one. I’ll do the same with a Windows box at work, and just love that it’s so easy to have the best way to manage my passwords everywhere I work, without having to install Dropbox everywhere too.

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