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Re: Looks like Steinberg are finally to phase out dongles...

Postby blinddrew » Thu Mar 04, 2021 8:30 pm

And yet this whole thread is a celebration of the demise of dongles? :?
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Re: Looks like Steinberg are finally to phase out dongles...

Postby desmond » Thu Mar 04, 2021 8:53 pm

The Elf wrote:How about: "Unplug dongle from old computer. Plug dongle into new computer".

Now those are simple instructions! :lol:

Not so much on a computer that doesn't have USB A ports anymore... :headbang:

I started writing out *actual* instructions, but with the various flavours of thunderbolt, USB 3 variants, USB C, and how to get a USB A dongle plugged in via those, and what you'd need to do it, I gave up.

I've been dongle free since '03' (actually, about 2008, by why let reality get in the way of a pithy rhyme! ;) )

I have lost a few iLok HD activations when a strong Brownian Motion producer (say, a nice hot cup of tea), decided to prematurely send my computer irrecoverably to hard drive heaven, but companies generally provide more than 1 activation for software which helps avoid losing it completely, so I could still activate those licenses on a new computer...
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Re: Looks like Steinberg are finally to phase out dongles...

Postby The Elf » Thu Mar 04, 2021 9:02 pm

blinddrew wrote:And yet this whole thread is a celebration of the demise of dongles? :?
I didn't say it was my choice. I'm not celebrating. I prefer a hardware dongle over machine authorisation every time - just not the iLok one, which is a PITA (there's absolutely no way I would trust machine auth for iLok!).

But I will get a USB port back - and that's good at least. :D

I hope a hardware dongle will continue to be an option, otherwise it's going to be problematical for me in some of the places where I work and take Dongle #2 along with me.
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Re: Looks like Steinberg are finally to phase out dongles...

Postby The Elf » Thu Mar 04, 2021 9:03 pm

desmond wrote:
The Elf wrote:How about: "Unplug dongle from old computer. Plug dongle into new computer".

Now those are simple instructions! :lol:
Not so much on a computer that doesn't have USB A ports anymore... :headbang:
That would be a VERY silly computer! :lol: :headbang: ;)
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Re: Looks like Steinberg are finally to phase out dongles...

Postby desmond » Thu Mar 04, 2021 9:09 pm

The Elf wrote:That would be a VERY silly computer! :lol: :headbang: ;)

Welcome to life over here on the cutting edge of modern computing... :shock: ;)
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Re: Looks like Steinberg are finally to phase out dongles...

Postby The Elf » Thu Mar 04, 2021 9:10 pm

desmond wrote:
The Elf wrote:That would be a VERY silly computer! :lol: :headbang: ;)
Welcome to life over here on the cutting edge of modern computing... :shock: ;)
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Re: Looks like Steinberg are finally to phase out dongles...

Postby OneWorld » Tue Mar 09, 2021 1:25 am

I must be the odd one out. I don't mind the dongle at all. I used to have problems with updates of existing software eg Cubase 6 to 7 to 10 and beyond but a quick email to Steinberg and they came back with "Delete the *.cel file" and things have been up and running in a jif. And secondly I have another install of Cubase on a laptop which I use as a transportable DAW, so I swap the dongle from one machine to the next. I have 5 licenses on the same dongle, which is another convenience - as long as I don't lose the thing!!!!!
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Re: Looks like Steinberg are finally to phase out dongles...

Postby The Elf » Tue Mar 09, 2021 1:20 pm

OneWorld wrote:I must be the odd one out. I don't mind the dongle at all.
No you're not, as I mentioned above. I'm OK with the dongle - it makes things very easy for me. Un-plug from one machine, plug into the other. It doesn't get any simpler.

But if there's a positive to this we will at least get a USB port back.
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