The End of Dreamcard?
gandalf at doctorTimothyMiller.com
Mon Mar 6 00:43:36 EST 2006
At 10:27 PM -0500 3/5/06, Thomas McGrath III wrote:
>If you just want to maintain your existing stacks why not just keep
>using the version of Dreamcard that you have? Why upgrade at all? If
>you're looking to keep upgrading to newer and better technology,
>features and bug fixes than just upgrade to Studio? The price is not
>really that high. To use your analogy it would not cost more than a
>good set of wrenches or even new tires.
I appreciate your concern. In the short run, that strategy would
work, of course. I tried to keep going with hyperCard for as long as
possible. 18 months ago, or so, it became apparent that OS 9 was
becoming obsolete, and now classic mode is obsolete as well. Some
die-hards buy old machines so they can keep using hypercard
indefinitely. I considered that, but decided against it.
If hypercard would run on OS X, and I could expect it to be
compatible with future hardware and operating systems, I'd still be
using it, very happily.
In the long run, one's hardware, operating system and software
eventually become obsolete. The longer you put off the upgrades, the
more painful and expensive the transition when the upgrades can no
longer be postponed.
OS 9 --> OS 10.3, and hyperCard --> Dreamcard was a difficult and
expensive jump for me. Dreamcard was a bargain, but I had to upgrade
a lot of other stuff. The time I had to spend on the transition to
Dreamcard was expensive. Nine to Five Reports stopped working, and I
couldn't fix it. It was obsolete, too. That was a serious nightmare.
It seems easier to upgrade incrementally as I go along.
This is not a catastrophe. It does stimulate me to rethink the
details my relationship with the computer world. I guess things had
to change eventually.
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