Posted July 04 2005 - 04:47 PM
| As for advertising, I have not plugged my SST-659 into my PC in over a year, so Logitech would have a tough time "targeting" me. Once you have the remote programmed to your satisfaction, you'll probably only plug it in when you change components in your system. |
Sure, but your information is still sitting on their servers the whole time, is it not? Doesn't matter if you never plug in your remote or never connect to the internet again. . .they have complete access to everything.
The story about them being able to see every single CD you own? That alone would make me not want to use that feature.
| They have a privacy agreement on the web site that promises to NOT use your information for marketing purposes. |
It's good to know they have addressed this. I wonder, though, what stops them from changing their agreement in the future? I generally don't have a problem with Logitech and would consider them one of the better companies, but too many times have companies changed their privacy agreement and unless you check back every 30 days, you're likely to never know.
| Having separate PC software is a lot cheeper for the Mfg to do. Then putting updated software on the web with new codes for new devices (or updateing old ones) is another cheap innovation. This is NOT going to be a profit center for them - but makes the remote more powerful and cheaper because they dont have to build in thousands of codes and create setup software in the remote. |
I completely understand that. But why not just have a piece of software you install? Then, you can tell the software to go check for updates if you need it. And if it comes across a code it does not have, there's an option to notify Logitech so then can build it into the next update. All the data stays on your PC and not their servers. It's the idea that you cannot, in any way shape or form, use their product without registering on their website and letting everything be stored on their servers is what bugs me the most.
I know why they choose the web-based setup. It makes it easier for their techs to troubleshoot problems. And by having all your on their servers, you won't lose all your programming should your PC die or something most people don't anticipate. It's all about making things easier for them, I know, but I still question if it's in the best interest of their customers.
Oh well, I'll probably give in and buy one anyway. I've been burned by several times in the past (once with Logitech, ironically enough), but hey, what's once more? The remote does seem really cool and functional, I suppose I'll get my $250 worth out of it before Logitech deems it obsolete and decides to render it useless. I know I'm probably being overly paranoid and it's interesting, I guess, to see I'm the only one.