Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Jack is back for some more Sencha license bait and switch

Ext, now Sencha, have stayed true to their roots. They have gone back to their old ways of baiting users with their licensing shenanigans again. So Sencha touch first starts out their beta program with an unknown license. Next they come up with a commercial paid licensing scheme but only a few suckers bite.

Out of the blue there is a Jack sighting on the Ext forums http://www.sencha.com/forum/showthread.php?115550-Hello-to-friends and within a matter of days Sencha announces that they have temporarily changed their Sencha touch license to be commercial but free. Brings back of memories of Jack's bait and switch ploys, doesn't it. I feel for the poor bastards that are going to use Sencha touch now only to find that the license has changed within a year to a paid-only option.

Old habits die hard but I must admit that I'm secretly happy that Jack is back as his mere association with Sencha will be it's ultimate demise. He is Jinxed Slocum.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ext Road Map = Bait and Switch

The Ext guys have done it yet again. They continue to screw users by bait & switch. They baited users by promising the Ext Designer tool in 3.0. It's been around 8 months since and there's no Designer yet. Moreover they had promised it to be a tool that is part of 3.0 but now they are going to charge users an additional amount per year.

The latest scam is thier roadmap which had "mobile components" and "store enhancements" listed to be in thier 3.2 release which is due in March 2010. March is almost here and these guys are have nothing to show for. So what do they do? In typical Ext fasion, they sneakily update the roadmap moving "mobile components" to thier 4.0 release. Thats right - what was slated for a 3.2 release has now been pushed to 4.0 which could very well be a year away. So if you were a user relying on the Ext roadmap for your business, you are now shit out of luck! Moreover you'll have to shell out more $$ to upgrade to the 4.0 release while previously "mobile components" would have been a free upgrade with the 3.2 release.

You can see the changes made to the Ext roadmap here.

The Ext RoadMap is like the "Bridge to Nowhere". Get off it as soon as possible!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Jack Slocum gets fired by Ext LLC

Well, its finally happened. The crafty Jack Slocum has been let go by Ext LLC and Ext JS is now run being driven a bunch of code hackers like "Animal" and wannabees like "Gay Garcia".

For those not familiar with Nige, aka Animal he thinks he's high and mighty but is really a lousy hacker with terrible coding skills. In the early days of Ext, Jack also told him this and treated him as a nobody. But this guy is one persistent grasshopper and has outlived Jack!

Animal's title now says "Ext JS - Community Support Team" and yet he has a signature :

"ExtJs forum volunteer. No official connection to the Ext Company. I do not speak for them.
ExtJs consultancy offered. £ 50/hour. Evenings+weekends. the_bagbournes@btinternet.com"

Perhaps he's trying not to get fired from his day job? The Ext SVN logs have this hacker as one of the active commiters which partly explains the drop in quality of the Ext codebase.

Next up, Gay Garcia. err, Jay Garcia. He is the first to respond to any thread with "Awesome" without even reading the contents. He is trying to make a living of Ext by writing a book which explains his title of being the official Ext ass licker. He does have a knack of posting nice images in his posts like homer simpson pulling his hair out or other cartoon strips. So here's a pic in his honor :

The following is in honor of Jack. May he RIP.

Who is Jack?

For some time many of us have wondered just who is Jack Schitt? We find ourselves at a loss when someone says, "You don't know Jack Schitt!" Well, thanks to my genealogy efforts, you can now respond in an intellectual way.
Jack Schitt is the only son of Awe Schitt.

Awe Schitt, the fertilizer magnate, married Miss O. Needeep They had one son, Jack.

In turn, Jack Schitt married Noe Schitt. The deeply religious couple produced six children: Holie Schitt, Giva Schitt, Fulla Schitt, Bull Schitt, and the twins Deap Schitt and Dip Schitt.

Against her parents' objections, Deap Schitt married her cousin Dumb Schitt, a high school dropout. After being married 15 years, Jack and Noe Schitt divorced.

Noe Schitt later married Ted Sherlock, and, because her kids were living with them, she wanted to keep her previous name. She was then known as Noe Schitt Sherlock.

Meanwhile, Dip Schitt married Loda Schitt, and they produced a son with a rather nervous disposition named Chick N. Schitt.

Two of the other six children, Fulla Schitt and Giva Schitt, were inseparable throughout childhood and subsequently married the Happens brothers in a dual ceremony.

The wedding announcement in the newspaper announced the Schitt-Happens nuptials.

The Schitt-Happens children were Dawg, Byrd, and Hoarse. Bull Schitt, the prodigal son, left home to tour the world. He recently returned from Italy with his new Italian bride, Pisa Schitt.

Now when someone says, "You don't know Jack Schitt," you can correct them.