The recent saga with the botched remake of the Grand Theft Auto Trilogy reminded me of the topic of this blog post, and I figured - what better time than now to get it out of my brain and into an array of bits. The topic today is rented software. Writing this I really feel like "old man yelling at (software) cloud," but maybe by some miracle it'll grab the attention of those making these kinds of decisions.
We need to talk about the state of modern software. Yes, those pieces of .exe, .dmg or .deb binaries that come with almost every device and service out there (or maybe they even come with or for your phone). I’ve been contemplating writing this for some time, but recent events around the absolute ridiculousness of the scope of the mess we have on our collective hands, coupled with a Twitter thread from 2019 making the rounds prompted me to actually get this all out of my mind and into a blog post.