In the early 70s, when I was a kid, my dad bought an aluminum block Chevy Vega. Within 16 months, having blown the engine twice, he sold it for scrap. He’s now 85 years old and has not only never bought another GM product, he’s never owned an American car of any make since, and neither have any of his 3 children.
That’s what tarnishing your brand with shitty, short sighted engineering looks like Samsung, and that’s how its going to go down between you and me, over this half-baked turd heap you call SmartThings.
This product is capriciously unstable in ways that are so arbitrary and unforeseeable, that I’ve completely lost confidence in it. The last straw? The smart lighting app which, for unknown reasons has not let me rename new automations for sometime.
“Whatevs” I thought, “I’ll just live with the dumb long name.”
But now, the “Turn off when…” slider has stopped working. An “After this number of minutes” field is supposed to pop up but it doesn’t anymore.
It seems that a similar behavior has begun infecting CoRE too. In a “Then…” action, if I select the slider for “Control location mode, Smart Home Monitor, routines, pistons, variables, and more…” nothing happens, I just go back to the previous “Add an action” screen. When I click back in the slider has mysteriously been un-selected.
This is where I have to call it. I’m just not willing to invest any more time in this. The tool no longer even allows me to create the basic operational logic for you guys to drop on the floor and evaluate incorrectly! I’m done.
Perhaps if you work with Microsoft products you’re accustomed to being jacked around and humiliated like this, but I cut that company out of my life 15 years ago and there hasn’t been a day since that I’ve regretted it. I haven’t had any trouble making money as an engineer since then either. Life’s too short to be this angry and affronted all the time.
So goodbye Samsung, I’ll never look at one of your products again without hearing alarm bells and seething a little bit, and I can’t imagine ever buying one. I hope the $149 or whatever that you got out of me was worth it.
Control4 here I come…