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# Yeah, well I still got the most toys

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Scrolling down to 12/30, you'll see that I purchased a DevNet professional subscription using the "avoid paying franchise tax" money CivilGrrl had. Also interestingly, Macromedia discontinued the DevNet program a day later in favor of a new "volume licensing program" that is so arcane and complicated that it makes your cell-phone's billing plan look simple in comparison.

Fear not that I have flushed $500-odd dollars down the toilet. They're keeping DevNet open until February of 2006, so I'll be getting all the upgrades and toys and DRK kits (which presumably will be available to dwindling audiences given that they're not taking on new subscribers). I'll still be getting the upgrades and such that I paid for. I'm not sure if the new plan is a better deal or not. Supposedly it's$479 for 24 months of upgrades, which sounds like a better deal. Given that a new Macromedia Studio MX costs about a grand, though, I assume that you've gotta already have a license to buy the subscription. With DevNet, I ended up getting the equivalent of Studio MX (and some developer toys) and a year's worth of upgrades for not much more.

The big question I have, though, is "Since I bought the product on 12/30, and they discontinued the program a day later, how likely is it that I was the very last person to buy a DevNet subscription?"

Just wondering. It's a geek thing.
On a similar note, Flash Studio Pro, the quite-nice tool that'll make Flash applets into first-class double-clickable EXE files, is now called Zinc 2.0. I suppose it's a good move because Flash Studio Pro and Macromedia Studio MX are very different products but sound like the same thing.

When in doubt, put the name of an element in the title of a product, and you'll sell millions.

Typically, the elements chosen are gold, silver, or platinum.

Zinc hasn't been tried, as far as I know.

I think I'll re-release my games, and add the name of an element:

Honeycomb Ytterbium
Hexircuit Tungsten
Click The Yellow Rhombus Fluorine
JetLag Sulfur

See? They are more attractive sounding already.

Yeah, Zinc's a product, but you probably haven't heard of it unless you subscribed to Dr. Dobb's around 1992 or so. It was one of those portable OO frameworks like zApp or StarView or XVT that were more-or-less MFC that could be compiled on a number of platforms (MS-DOS, OS/2, Mac). Of course now that there's a single dominant platform, there's not as much need for it.

Looks like it's still around here. Looks like they're now using the fact that it runs on anemic OS's (DOS, vxWorks) as a selling point --you can mount a cheapo DOS machine in your point-o-sale terminal or car engine analyzer without having to resort to ugly ASCII graphics.

On that note, Duke Nukem Forever has just been renamed Duke Nukem Forever: Astatine Edition because nobody's ever seen it.

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