Tag Archive: mac

A site I used to like sends me weekly email about the new downloadable games. Over the last few months it’s dwindled from 3 games (2 mac) to 4 games (1 mac) to.. another version of Bejeweled every 2 months.

Today’s email listed 2 games “Available for PC” and one other game “Not available for Mac”…

So I wrote them…

I have decided to terminate my subscription to (Your Company). I have removed my email from the automatic newsletter mailings. I’m writing this to explain why.

When I first discovered GameHouse you were releasing some very enjoyable games on both the Mac as well as the PC. I am (possibly obvious by my ordering) a Mac user.

Over the last year the selections on the site have become grimmer and frankly insulting to a Mac user. For a while you had to dig through the list to find the “Mac Game”… Now they are pretty much entirely eliminated. I use the term insulting because your feature games now list, “Available for the PC” several times and then often add one that is specifically, “Not available for the Mac.”

In short terms. It’s obvious to an end user you’re no longer giving serious support to the platform, but have not taken the time to admit it. And to an educated end user… this is not going to be taken well.

I’m writing in the (perceivably vain) attempt to say that I feel badly. Because I did like the games that (you) sold. I bought them regularly.

Even as the Mac platform grows in market share, it is obvious that some companies no longer desire to invest in the platform. I will issue the same warning that I do to all companies in this situation. This is a bad business decision.

When a company turns its back on Mac users. They leave and they don’t come back. Even when the company shows interest again.

I welcome a response to this email. But sadly, having worked in the computer industry for over 20 years… I sadly do not expect a response.

Andrei Freeman
-Former (your company) Customer.
P.S. My attempts to format this email are thwarted by your web posting page.

The post script is because all attempts to use the spacing above failed. It sent looking like one large run on paragraph.

A regular update. My life is utterly consumed with working on the upcoming release of Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac.

The team was asked recently to reflect on the “Think Different” campaign that ran 10 years ago at the “Rebirth” of Apple. At that time I was working in Education. I was one of three Mac folk on a team of 11. I was the lone Mac developer. I was continually derided by my team members for clinging to a ‘dying’ OS.

The Think Different commercial was very special to me. So, I was pleased when I got the chance to comment on it.

Over at Mac Mojo (the Office for Mac Team Blog) is the posting made from selected comments from across the team about the campaign and the different Geniuses chosen for the poster campaign. See if you can tell if one of my comments made the cut and if so, bonus points if you can figure out which one came from me.

The comments on the MacMojo blog posting are comprised mostly of the FUD developers learn to ignore from people who thing that if we stop coding for 30 seconds we’re intentionally depriving them of features and fixes. A few nice comments.

But in the meantime… back to coding. 🙂

[apolo:~] lordandr% uptime
13:40 up 81 days, 4 mins, 2 users, load averages: 2.74 2.75 2.71


And now for this commercial break from the UK

How does Andrei currently spend his days?

Currently they have me wearing Green. 😉

Just a link

Open today:

Mac Mojo: The Office for Mac Team Blog