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Re: what's new in 8.0.1?

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  • Subject: [mg117179] Re: what's new in 8.0.1?
  • From: "E. Martin-Serrano" <eMartinSerrano at>
  • Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2011 16:02:55 -0500 (EST)

"Most of what went into 8.0.1 was bug fixes and performance improvements. " 

What I guessed and what has been confirmed, though the confirmation was,  in
fact, unnecessary at all for me. 

In fact I am to ask for a return and refund to the customer service within
the regular 15 days of the purchase.

E. Martin-Serrano.

-----Mensaje original-----
De: Emilio Martin-Serrano Sobrino [mailto:emartinserrano at] 
Enviado el: jueves, 10 de marzo de 2011 12:14
Para: mathgroup at
Asunto: [mg117147] RE: what's new in 8.0.1?


Right! , perfectly right!

A new version mostly to correct bugs, or at least to correct some bugs among
others, I guess.  Exactly  10 days after my purchase of  version 8.0.0, (I
have the invoice on my desk, received just yesterday).

Is not this a beautiful instance  of planned obsolescence, sometimes, and
euphemistically,  called marketing strategy?

Simply speaking:   this- -is - - not- - serious. On the contrary, it is
really disgusting.

All my versions of Mathematica always were second releases of the type
"x.0.1":  5.0.1,  6.0.1,  7.0.1  (I do not remember those of versions 2, 3,
4, though they were not "X.0.0" either). 

 But this time I fell  in the trap, because I could not move my former 7.0.1
to  a brand new desktop, so I have to cope with one of the  typically buggy
X.0.0 versions , or, else, pay again for the same thing with some bugs
removed, or, differently said,  pay twice to replace a defective thing. If
the V8.0.0  was buggy, as it seems to be, WRI ought to have said they were
ready to release the remedy, and I had  waited these 10 days to upgrade.
That would have been the right thing.

Of course, It is true that in my invoice, here on my desk, it can be clearly
read: "No returns accepted without prior authorization". But, why not if the
thing is defective? Or perhaps the new release is not to correct any bug in
the previous release? Just new functionality? What about the stability
problem, for example?

Ah!  The reason might be the EULA, I guess again.

But, by the way, what about the EU directive about returning defective
things within the 15 days after the purchase?

Yours truly, a disappointed customer

E. Martin-Serrano

-----Mensaje original-----
De: Murray Eisenberg [mailto:murray at] Enviado el: mi=E9rcoles,
09 de marzo de 2011 12:58
Para: mathgroup at
Asunto: [mg117070] what's new in 8.0.1?

I just downloaded & installed Mathematica 8.0.1 under my Premier Service

The e-mail announcing availability of this upgrade states, "more than
500 improvements, including feature, stability, and performance
enhancements, as well as documentation updates."

Does anybody know exactly where one can find a list of what's changed = from
8.0.0 to 8.0.1?

(If you haven't yet received notification of the upgrade availability = but
should get one, I think you just need to wait a bit: typically, WRI = rolls
out new releases over a period, so as to avoid glacial downloads from a
torrent of download requests hitting their servers all at once.)

P.S. The installation process, including uninstalling 8.0.0 by the same
installer, went really quickly (under Windows XP) compared to what has
sometimes been the case in the past.

Murray Eisenberg                     murray at
Mathematics & Statistics Dept.
Lederle Graduate Research Tower      phone 413 549-1020 (H)
University of Massachusetts                413 545-2859 (W)
710 North Pleasant Street            fax   413 545-1801
Amherst, MA 01003-9305

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