Well … we’re now all pretty much dependent on internet stuff, whether we like it or not. One of the big arguments in favour of the famed “dongle” a.k.a. USB-eLicenser was it’s very independence, once you’d activated the license on it.
We all remember the fiascos that occurred with every new release; I got into the habit of updating the licence first, before downloading the product, knowing that the eLicenser server was going to go down as soon as America woke up
Of course it’s a “buzz-kill” if, like many, your only time for doing Steinberg downloads/licensing/updates/installs is on weekends. The current process is a nightmare that we all hope will be just that, a nightmare, and that sometime soon, we’ll awake to a kinder, simpler world where authorizations “just work”.
On a more serious note, an outage like this could have massive reputational consequences for Steinberg.
Trying to open older CPR. C12 was insisting that various plugs (eg. GA) not installed.
Found workaround. Being ‘old guy hoarder’ I had backups of all installers.
Regardless, this is not some idle rant. I am sure SB takes uptime seriously. Still, the utter dependence on literally -dozens- of inter-connected ‘services’ every time you fire up the DAW does not feel like ‘progress’. It has started to feel as rickety now as all the bitching so many of us used to do about VST24 25 years ago.
Hopefully it’s not only we old guys who do real and useful backups. No matter how “transparent” and “automagical” companies make the installation process, it’s still, at base, no different than it was 30 years ago. If one wants to be 99.999% assured that they can work, this type of backup is needed.
Absolutely true—except 10X. This is -the- dirty little secret of government. There was a period starting in the early 90’s… my company was complicit… where everyone bought into ‘paperless’, stopped taking these things called ‘minutes’ at various meetings… and there is literally no evidence that any number of events occurred. IMO, it’s a key reason government/people repeat so many mistakes. In many contexts, after about 5 years, you can make up almost any poop you want. And just writing that sounds all ‘conspiracy theorist’.
Let’s not even talk about “agile” software development – chuck somthing out there, see what happens, hope for the best and ask the accountants what needs to be fixed first, if at all.
A most perfect example is the Steinberg Download Assistant. It started out as a disaster, gradually improved, seems to be getting better, but now we find we’re tethered to some anonymous third (fourth? fifth?) sub-contractor.
So, instead of “owning” the right to use the software, in the form of a physical device with the license (the USB e-Licenser) we are now serfs in the kingdom of those who control the internet services — services which could become inaccesible for any number of reasons.
Wondering what might happen when one’s connection to the internet goes down does not make one a conspiracy theorist.