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April 26, 2007

McAfee's course on pricing

R. Preston McAfee's Spring 2007 course on pricing.

(Professor McAfee also offers some spot-on criticisms of Adobe Acrobat. Not content to just criticize, he explains how you can use free programs to completely avoid the need for Acrobat.)

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JorgXMcKie

I should have spoken up before.I had similar problems with Acrobat (really, did they think I'm so stupid that I'd want to buy an expensive upgrade but forget who they are? otherwise, why did I get that annoying 'upgrade' popup every damn time I opened it? and, of course, it slowed up an already slow system even further. thanks, thanks a whole lot.), and I installed Foxit about a year ago. I uninstalled Acrobat the next day. I haven't regretted it one bit, but I am still digging little bits and pieces of Acrobat now and then.

I recommend it strongly to all my syudents (not that most of them have any idea how to find and download free software. Music, yes. Software, no. Computer generation my Aunt Fannie!) as well as friends and colleagues. I think we're making headway.

GaryS

Yes, Acrobat is a piece of junk, and the company itself is a smaller edition of Microsoft. Last year, I resolved to completely dump all Symantec programs, which were bloated, buggy, resource-hogging and unstable. That has worked out extremely well, so this year it's Adobe programs. Goodbye Acrobat and Photoshop Elements. Nitro PDF can now scan sketches directly to PDFs, something that I really need, so Acrobat can go away. Next Photoshop.

I find that most programmers are like pigeons on a lamp pole, indiscriminately scattering junk processes, temp files and other assorted poop all over my machine, and never even considering cleaning up their mess. It apparently never even occurs to them that it's my machine and not theirs. Disgusting and infuriating, sort of like small children without any of the endearing qualities.

Aside from Microsoft, Adobe is my most disliked software company.

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