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Re: Another point about Mathematica 8.0

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  • Subject: [mg116520] Re: Another point about Mathematica 8.0
  • From: DrMajorBob <btreat1 at>
  • Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2011 04:34:30 -0500 (EST)

Microsoft discontinued Encarta -- their only superior product, IMHO --  
with NO warning that I ever saw.

They discontinued MS Money -- in which thousands (millions?) of people had  
years invested, with no good way to transfer the data elsewhere. 2 years  
of warning is irrelevant; it doesn't change the ridiculous amount of work  
involved or the data that will be lost and/or garbled. It would cost a  
trivial amount to continue stock price updates, at least, and surely a 3rd  
party company would love to do that for a nominal fee, which users would  
gladly pay... but MS leaves us flapping in the breeze, so I'm rewriting  
all that investment tracking capability in Mathematica.

Complain about Wolfram all you want, but try to name a better company for  


On Thu, 17 Feb 2011 04:20:59 -0600, P_ter <petervansummeren at>  

> My point is that giving out a license also has its obligations.
> One is communications with the license users.
> E.g., Microsoft tells when it does not support an operating system a
> long way before.
> One gets first a hint, then a small article etc. Such traject takes a
> year at least.
> It is also clear about the platform. I know of users which were helped
> in this case.
> If a business does not honor such obligation, it must go for the
> always new users.
> This has consequences which even Hegel foresaw: in a night a whole
> industry can
> disappear. Maybe now Nokia, tomorrow another. Germany is the example
> of
> long standing customer relations.
> I did not consider Mathematica as a gadget (a get shit). That is my
> position.
> A tool to build a business and to invest for it.
> But, if there is no communication, I am forced to the contrary.  I
> take my loss.
> The gadget view, the miles ahead way, does not play in many fields.
> Only trust,
> continuity, communication.
> I thank everyone for its reaction. I can use it.
> So, as I have nothing new to add to this topic, I will not contribute
> to this topic anymore.

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