It does rather seem that there may be few
if any warm bodies in the "wheel-house" at
Plextor, evidenced by the fact that after I have
purchased a PX-850A manufactured in Feb 2009
and installed the "PlexUtilities" Version 1.1.4
that is presently available at Plextor's US site,
yet the "Online Update" of (the buggy and very
disappointing) "PlexUtilities" reports can easily
access and download the following two updates:
PX-850A Firmware Update Version 1.04
(my model shipped with Version 1.03); and
PlexUtilities Software Version 1.1.7
(Plextor US provides the older Version 1.1.4).
To date, there is no mention of the existence of,
or the ability to download, either of these two
updated versions (of the firmware, as well as the
support software, for the new PX-850A) at the
Plextor US/Americas site.
Perhaps these omissions are not accidental?
Maybe an evolving procession of modified builds
appearing on the Plextor site just might lend the
impression in the minds of prospective customers
that the new line of drives and their supporting
"FlexUtilities" is not a finished or perfected bill
of goods? "Goosing" LiteOns may not be such
an easy or rewarding occupation, after all?
If it is not a matter of the "politics of the non-
forthcoming" at play here, negritude's expressed
"zombie" designator may aptly describe a business
entity running on a "christmas tree program" in terms
of their hardware as well as software development
and support, not to mention administration and bean-
counting. Maybe everybody works in Marketing now ...
Full disclosure: Author is, to some extent, grieving his
$50 Plextor expenditure on a $25 LiteOn drive wrapped in non-
useful features such as the obtuse "PlexUtilities", and the flab-
ilicious "Roxio Creator 10 CE". In fairness, many such as myself
have developed a very high sense of performance expectations
surrounding products made for a mere handful of dollars by either
robots and/or highly under very highly underpaid human beings.
The "Mount Olympus" of opto-drive epicurians that may serve as
Plextorian archetypes in our collective dreams probably - like an
Antlantis of the mind - never did in actuality exist, except within
our consumatory minds and most rosy enchantments ...
Yes, I have been "plexorcized" of my illusions, and in letting go of
my misplaced sense of concreteness and certainties, I will now go
on with my life, and on to purchasing other amazingly inexpensive
high-tech wonders that will never equal my bold/ foxy expectations.
What is most troubling to an old codger such as I is that in so many
of these product areas (from digicams to optical drives), marketing
of big numbers (at cost of user adjustability and product reliability)
increases, as retail price, and product quality and usefulness, drop.
Thus, I find myself buying such things now in the realistic fear that
the newer models will be represent poorer performance and usability.
I suppose that if consumers envisioned that they would always
get more for less expenditure if they only wait to purchase, then
they might be bereft of urgency to shop. Perhaps, amidst eternal
promises of advanced product "electronic auto-pilots" to entice the
masses to buy the newer model, the amount of information and
control that more sophisticated customers may treasure must also
be stripped away, in order to entice them to buy last year's model.
End of Catharsis ...