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Propellerhead Reason 6 – Pay What You Want Upgrade

Friday, September 30th, 2011

For those of us who have Reason 5 + Record 1.5, we have the opportunity to upgrade to Reason 6 for any price (over $1). Some Record users feel they were used as Beta testers of the recording functionality of Reason 6, and they see this as the least Propellerhead Software could do to thank them. I don’t feel the same way.

My feelings about Record are so strong that I’m sad to see it go (Reason 6 is all of Record 1.5 + Reason 5 and then some, so Record is being discontinued). Since I started using Record, it’s been my all-in-one weapon of choice to such a degree that I can’t recall the last time I opened Reason. Which may be why I felt like I’d be missing something. Perhaps by using Reason 6—with even more features than Record had—to record the Hip-Hop Talk Show, I’ll be overburdening my computer to run all the new bells and whistles. But that’s not the case—it’s really just doing everything Record 1.5 was doing, with the additional of a few effects.

I’m ready to re-embrace Reason 6, are you?

Netflix Renames Its Online DVD Rental Qwikster

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Netflix can’t win. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been a fan of theirs for a long time. I used to get new DVDs in the mail several times a week, and I was thrilled when they added streaming. They were on the right path: become the best source for movies, documentaries, TV series, and pretty much anything you’d watch on TV.

Then Netflix blew it. They got all complicated (read: greedy) and decided to separate their rental plans. Streaming was no longer a free add-in for their DVD plans. They’ve officially jumped the shark. Way to go, Fonzie.

It was bad enough to split the pricing, but now, those of you who have both DVDs and streaming will have to build your queues on two completely separate websites. Talk about going in the wrong direction. Not only has Netflix missed their chance to let their users share their viewing experience on social networks, now their users can’t even share their ratings of DVDs alongside their ratings of streamed videos. WTF, Netflix? I mean Qwikster. I mean Qwikflix. I have no idea who to complain to!!