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Wednesday, 01 February 2012


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*Everything* goes at a premium in the UK :)

*everything* goes at a premium in the U.K. :(

Worth noting that Amazon.co.uk quotes prices inclusive of 20% UK Value Added Tax (sales tax), which many businesses can reclaim on their purchases, and which usually accounts for some (but by no means all) of the 'premium' we pay in this country.

At that price, I'm tempted to get a copy just to hedge my bets.

I was a Bibble Pro user, and am now a Corel Aftershot Pro user - but on Linux. (And kind of like many Mac users, that means some software ends up being run under VMware/parallels if needs be...)

Corel have said they'll still support Linux, and Aftershot Pro has a solid following on Linux, but their history of Linux support is basically a repeating cycle of "support, falter, cancel".

Which is a pity, as Bibble/Aftershot Pro is superb, and I'd really miss it if I did have to switch!

(Yes, I could switch to Aftershot Pro on Windows if they dropped support for Linux. But why reward failure?)

Lightroom 4 beta is available, so likely Adobe wants to clear the shelves of LR3.

As Bruce mentioned, version 4 beta is available. It is a nice improvement. I was about to buy Bibble, then I noticed that Corel had purchased them and I decided to hedge my bets.

Lightroom 4 is free while it is in beta. I haven't noticed any problems, but they have a list of known bugs on the Adobe Labs site. There is a learning curve, but it seems to be worth it. I'll probably buy the 3 while it is reduced (assuming I can find a way - I'm in Mexico and we're considered to be in some other universe) and then upgrade when 4 comes out.

Having worked for an American company (in the defence sector), I think I have some insight into UK pricing of US products:

"Exchange rate $1.60, currency hedging risk, that funny tax the Brits don't call GST, shipping, sunk R&D costs to claw back because the US is too price sensitive, payback for the 1776 war, and the White House in 1812, , fee for not joining us in Vietnam when all the while we held their hands in the Cold War, sunk costs of the last 3 programmes the Brits wanted us to develop demonstrators of on our own dollar and then cancelled without warning, customer credit risk if they join that stupid Euro thing, more currency hedging. Dang it, we'll call it $1 for £1"

That's not too much of a joke, at least in the defence sector.

"fee for not joining us in Vietnam when all the while we held their hands in the Cold War"

Nobody here remembers that. Conservatives still know they're not supposed to like France, but they can no longer remember why (it was because the French wouldn't let us use their airspace during the first Gulf War).

This is myopic to an almost ludicrous degree, but that's another subject.

Can't speak to the rest of it....



I worked (as his lead business development guy in the UK) for a wonderful retired US Army General - he ran the BD for one of Raytheon's main business units. He'd been in Vietnam for several tours as a young officer, and he certainly remembered! He used to tease me about the UK not spending quadrillions of dollars on defence, and I used to tease him about the US not being on time for either of the World Wars.

He had a fine appreciation of history and shared links. Close to his holiday home where he hosted an annual barbecue / fishing / all you can eat fresh Chesapeake crab day for all his BD team there was a memorial to some of the earlier (pre-1776) settlers, and he'd researched all of their names and where they came from in the UK.

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