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Like QuickBooks, Acronis backup software can be great when it's functioning normally. But unlike QuickBooks, Acronis help is poor. The error codes rarely offer anything insightful, and the logs tend to be too cryptic to help. And to make matters worse, ABR11 was a major step back. Although Acronis tried to introduce new features, as well as roll in features from Echo into ABR10, the result has had me uninstalling and going back to ABR10 for several users.
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3. Ubuntu Unity
Although the idea behind Unity was sound, its execution fell flat. The release of GNOME 3 and Unity both represented drastic changes to the desktop metaphor, but of the two only GNOME 3 was a success. The ideas were similar, but GNOME 3 enjoyed more stability and more flexibility thanks to extensions. Ultimately, Ubuntu needs to scrap Unity and either migrate fully to GNOME 3, try something else, such as Enlightenment, or make Kubuntu or Xubuntu the default.
Flash has always been a problem. It's been a security issue, a performance issue and a platform issue — in general, it's been a headache. The scale of the problem really hit home people began upgrading to Flash X. Suddenly, crucial elements of their jobs no longer worked. In most instances, I had to roll users back to Flash 9. But the issues with Flash go well beyond performance and features. For many, Flash is also an ideological nightmare. Be it performance, features, bloat, platform wars or monopolist grasp on web content, Flash has been and will continue to be a broken technology.
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