As many of you I heard about Basecamp from Signal vs. Noises. I saw quotes from this blog on many blogs over the Internet. And many complimentary words to 37signals too. Strange enough that their product is useless. Basecamp is project management tool but I was shocked when didn’t find there Gantt charts. What can be more convenient to draw project as Gantt chart? It’s de-facto in project management tools.
Sometime ago I worked as Project Manager. I used MS Project. Yes, it’s not the best tool for software and web-project management tool. But it works ok (it was prior the era of all those web2.0 apps)
I want to control project, I don’t want to think what color scheme I like and all this bells and whistles. That’s the main reason why Basecamp sucks.
The second is the biggest one. YOU CAN’T EXPORT DATA FROM BASECAMP. It’s the killer. I don’t know who’ll trust all projects to one SMALL company? It’s the silliest thing you can do being in business.
1. Your business now depends on this company. Let’s pray that this company will be stable.
2. Your business now depends on basecamp server reliability. Let’s pray that it won’t get down for ever.
3. Your data security in hands of 37signals. Let’s be honest, probability of hacking any well-known web software is more than in-house. You’ll never know that your data were stolen.
4. You can’t use any project data in other application. There is no any damn Outlook synchronization even.
Recently I found web-site WhyBaseCampSucks . There are a lot of reasons and arguments.
There is one thing that I like in BaseCamp though. It’s a loyalty of users. I’d like to have such web-site like WhyBaseCampSucks about my products. Why? Because if there is someone that really really hate your product. There is always someone who love it. Love with possession. If you take a look at BaseCamp community you’ll see that it looks like sect. And Jason Fried its leader.
Only mediocre and bad products have no haters. Haters and followers are always going along.
Money always there. Want to earn money, build something that people hates. It happened to Microsoft, Google and Dell.
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Mac always inspired me. Inspired me of being something hmm …. “different”. I always was a Windows user. I’m not stick with it, I just use it because I always used.
Is it something that I really like or chose? No. I use it mechanically. It like favorite brand of beer or cigarettes (I don’t smoke though). Your drink or smoke it because you got into the habit. Maybe there are better but you don’t want to experiment, you like this one and that’s fits you.
Back to the topic. Mac always inspired me. In the era of Windows 3.11 (anybody remembers that silly system?) Mac looks like something really useful and user friendly.
But I didn’t like it. Because it was sooooooo different. When I was sitting at Mac I just falling into stupor. It’s like you spoke English all of your life and you got into one of Arab country. Maybe there is sense, maybe it’s more useful. But all those hieroglyphs and manner to write from right to left got your down. You just can’t use it. It’s too difficult to you. You need to burn all that you knew and used and start from the scratch. It’s very close to find yourself in UK. Everything is different. The left side traffic kills you. You can’t drive because you always feel yourself confusing what side to turn. You can’t cross the roads because you feel yourself confusing what side to look at. You step into the road, look left, and then look right, cross it spinning your head both sides. Thirty years ago there was duodecimal system with pennies, shillings, pounds. I can’t understand this system completely. I’m sure that there is rational explanation of this system. Like everything weird in UK (I really like this country though).
The same with the Mac. Reason # 1. It’s too different.
Being on Windows side gives me a wide rang of software to choose from. I don’t want to drop software that I use for years. I don’t want to switch to another ones. I like Winamp. I like Total Commander (ex-Windows Commander) and Far (I’m from DOS era and can’t use this funny Windows Explorer). I like Microsoft Outlook, all my emails, daily to-dos and reminders there. I like app that shows me my city map along with yellow pages (there is no Mac version and there is no any on-line analogue). There are a lot of software that for Windows only. The big reason #2 Lack of software
Reason #3 Lack of support. I know that if something happen to my PC laptop I can call to local tech. service and repair it. It’ll not work for Mac. Simply because there is no tech. service in my city. I don’t know how much time it may take for repair.
Reason #4 Expensive. Mac is more expensive than PC. That’s the fact. It’s not so important reason. But when taking into account 3 other reasons – what’s the hell I should pay extra?
I will never switch to Mac. Damn!