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926  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Take Command v9 New $20 off, Upgrade $10 off,TC/LE $10 off on: February 14, 2009, 01:50:05 PM
I haven't - $50 for an upgrade is more than I'd like to spend.  I'll either wait for a discount or for the next major release maybe (I think they're on a  more or less once a year major release schedule).

However, one of the bullet items on the 'new in v10' list is "Loads and runs faster than v9".  I'm not sure if this means they've fixed the problem of long load times when there are  slow or disconnected network shares, but it might be worth checking if that's something that's been a bother for you.

FWIW, the coupon code "Partner1000" seems to be a long-standing code for 10% off - so you'll save $5 on the upgrade of you decide to go for it.  I'd like to see a better discount...
927  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: VMWare releases open source client under GPL on: February 05, 2009, 12:24:59 PM
I'm not sure, but from my brief reading of the press release and the VMware View page, it seems that VMware View is a product that lets a company easily deploy virtual desktop machines to a server farm running in a central data center.

The client is something like a Citrix ICA client, an RDP client or a VNC client that lets you connect to one of the virtual desktops.  This GPL client is for the Linux platform.

That's what it seems like to me.
928  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for simple backup software on: January 29, 2009, 02:22:39 AM
Yes - SyncBackSE definitely does 1 through 6.  I've used all those features except #5 (multiple versions).

However, some people would argue that it's not particularly simple.  But I think that's true of most backup applications that are highly configurable.
929  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Acronis True Image 11 Home for US$ 9.99 on: January 28, 2009, 12:05:57 PM
TrueImage is a *wonderful* product. It has a lot of nice features and is very easy to use. I am thinking that I should just consider it as a yearly subscription and pay the $30/year to get the upgrade.

What I've been doing is instead of updating when they come out with a new release: I wait for the period of time that occurs just before the new release, and pick up the version that's about to be 'obsolete' for $10 or so. This is never anything that's officially announced, but generally a couple months before Acronis releases a new version you start seeing these $10 deals for the current version.  That's the time to buy.  $10 for TI 11 and DiskDirector 10 was a good deal.

Also, there's often not a reason to upgrade at all if the version you have does the trick.  Many people are still happily running TI 8. A lot of people consider the later versions to be bloated, and if you're still running XP, there may not be a reason to upgrade if you're not interested in the new features.

Of course, if it turns out the new version has something you want or need and can't wait for 10 months or more for the next wave of big discounts, then $30 is certainly not anything I'd worry about paying (just wait a few weeks at least so everyone else can help Acronis shake out the 1st wave of bugs).
930  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / WinPatrol PLUS - 50% off for a few more hours on: January 25, 2009, 05:15:08 PM
I happened by the WinPatrol homepage and noticed that there's a 50% off sale running for the PLUS version:

The free version is pretty good on its own - the PLUS version adds access to an online knowlegebase and some real-time detection of file system and registry changes.  But mainly it helps support ongoing development of the program.

The discount ends at midnight EST today (25 Jan 2009) - so there's about 8 more hours as I write this...

931  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Another 'Lifetime' license bites the dust on: January 10, 2009, 03:47:53 AM
Why not just make it the "lifetime" of the exact unit you got? If the unit is broken, clearly its lifetime has run its course.

I can't believe this didn't cross my mind.  Clearly, we have the Ultimate Lifetime Guarantee (from the vendor's point of view) here!
932  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Another 'Lifetime' license bites the dust on: January 09, 2009, 10:17:09 PM
I no longer trust anyone who claims to offer a lifetime license.  Who's lifetime? Mine? Theirs? Until they realize they need more regular income? Until their mood changes?

This reminds me of an SMC router I had several years back - it had a lifetime warranty, and when it failed one day and I tried to get warranty service I found out that the 'lifetime' of the warranty was the the marketing lifetime of the product.  Ie., since they didn't sell that model anymore, the warranty had expired.

I was actually more amused than angry at the use of the fine print - even though it was totally deceptive, I had to give them props for a clever deception.
933  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: EULAlyzer™ 1.1 on: January 04, 2009, 08:11:57 PM
only the annual subscription will make sense to me. And twenty dollar PER YEAR sounds very expensive
Once again, the wording of this type of annual license is a bit unclear - when I read it, it sounded like you get a license to use EULAlyzer Pro (the main advantage of which is the EULA-Watch feature) - and that you also get any upgrades that occur in the one year period.

I would have interpreted/guessed that the right to use EULAlyzer Pro/EULA-Watch does not end with your annual fee - just the right to upgrades/updates.

Or is this really the type of license/software that becomes useless without the annual updates/upgrades?  I do wish vendors would try to make that more clear more often.
934  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Another 'Lifetime' license bites the dust on: December 26, 2008, 11:49:17 AM
My understanding for xplorer2 is that you get updates for 1 year after purchase (I'm not sure if this applies to only major upgrades or all), but that this policy has not been enforced yet. He's mentioned in the forum that he plans to start enforcing in the near future, but you can buy (I think for about $20) 'Upgrade Assurance' which gets you lifetime upgrades.
935  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How do I stop selling myself v1agra? on: December 26, 2008, 12:27:54 AM
Well, the CAN-SPAM Act requires that the spam provide an opt-out method, so it seems to me you should just send yourself an opt-out request.
936  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Outpost 2009 – A lifetime license for 3 PCs for the price of a 1-year! on: December 24, 2008, 10:11:40 PM
Given that it's at the the current price for a 1 year/3 machine subscription, even with the questions about the details this is still probably a pretty good deal - if you're interested in Outpost.

I believe that when Outpost was first offered they gave a lifetime license - does anyone know if they are still honoring it or not?
937  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: EditPad Pro discounted at Bits du Jour on December 18 on: December 19, 2008, 08:44:47 PM
He's integrated a custom forum system into regexbuddy, and I think that new versions of the other software (Like EPP) might see that feature integrated.
Thanks for the pointer - I was unaware of that feature.

Personally, I'd still prefer a standard webforum, but that might just be because I'm not used to the one in the software itself yet.
938  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: And... The Ultimate Steal makes a comeback on: December 18, 2008, 01:49:57 PM
It's also interesting looking at the listed versions of windows that qualify - I thought MS initially said that only Windows 2000 and XP qualified for upgrade prices to Vista?

At least one prominent page at still says that:

Upgrade copies are not available for versions of Windows earlier than Windows 2000. These earlier versions of Windows require you to install a full copy of Windows Vista.
939  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Another 'Lifetime' license bites the dust on: December 13, 2008, 01:23:24 AM
BTW, what is DVDFab's policy WRT grandfathering its lifetime licensees?

My understanding is that for purchases made prior to the change you still get lifetime updates (similar to AnyDVD's announced policy).
940  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Finally a License Key for Time Travelers.. on: December 12, 2008, 09:26:04 PM
Oh why, oh why did I delay donating until after the charter member offer was expired?

Now I'll have to time travel back to before that expiration, so I can donate in time for my license to be valid for my time travels.  Now if I could only find the time for all this...
941  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Another 'Lifetime' license bites the dust on: December 12, 2008, 09:20:37 PM
Lifetime licenses that I own (I assume that they are still valid  ohmy):

XYplorer (lifetime license no longer available)

XYplorer is still available with a lifetime license, but it's at a higher cost than the standard license.

942  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Another 'Lifetime' license bites the dust on: December 12, 2008, 09:08:39 PM
SlySoft also have a good marketting ploy here - tell all your friends, post around the web .... quick buy your stuff now with lifetime updates --- while you can!

As far as whether this is a marketing ploy to gain sales this month, that may be, but I see nothing wrong with informing people of the pending change so someone considering a purchase can make their own choice of whether they want to purchase earlier than they might otherwise in order to get lifetime updates.  I suspect if they made no announcement until the policy actually changed, there would be many more people complaining that they would have bought sooner if only they had known...
943  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Another 'Lifetime' license bites the dust on: December 12, 2008, 09:06:34 PM
Then I'm confused about what you're paying extra for if you buy a "lifetime" license. To me, everyone should be entitled to bug fixes -- those are places where you're currently being denied the functionality that you thought were paying for in the beginning. That should be free, included in the base price.

One thing that I think is a little different with a product like AnyDVD is that they need to update/fix problems not only due to bugs, but because of intentional activities of DVD manufacturers to make DVDs uncopyable.  Probably most of what goes into AnyDVD updates are changes to make the program deal with new protection techniques for new movie releases, so there is a continual  R&D cost.

To my mind, I was surprised how long they kept on the Lifetime Updates policy (a main competitor of theirs, DVDFab, moved away from that policy several months ago).
944  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Another 'Lifetime' license bites the dust on: December 12, 2008, 08:54:25 PM
Are there really programs out there that quit working after the license period has expired?

Yes, there is software with that type of licensing.  I think it is somewhat common in the 'enterprise' or server software marketplace, but it is quite rare in the consumer/individual software market.  One bit of software that has this type of license is SlickEdit's "SlickEdit Core for Eclipse" (   I'm a fan of SlickEdit's main editor product (which does not have this type of expiring license), but I could not bring myself to buy into the type of license they have on the Eclipse plug-in.
945  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Native Client Puts x86 On the Web on: December 09, 2008, 07:29:04 PM
Sounds like "Son of ActiveX" - I'm skeptical of how well native code can be secured - it's just not easy to verify.
946  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is it time to start a new AntiVirus/Internet Security Suite review thread? on: December 01, 2008, 12:02:02 PM
One thing that people should look into is that ISPs often provide an anti-virus package as part of the subscription/account (at least this seems to be common in the US). 

For example, if you're on Comcast you can get McAfee Security Suite by going to  Note that you can get one installation for each email address on your account, and I think you can have up to 7 email addresses on an account (at least that's the case for my account).

Of course, whether McAfee (or whatever your ISP might offer) is the package you want is another story, but I imagine that given that you've already paid for it (in a sense), it's worth at least considering.
947  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The little computer that nobody wanted on: November 29, 2008, 04:22:38 AM
Anybody know why they created this particular package design?

Dunno, but the sales brochure says, "pedestal, with desk-height controls, writing table, convenience, and futuristic styling" so it seems like they might have been looking to give it a "2001: A Space Odyssey" look.
948  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The little computer that nobody wanted on: November 28, 2008, 09:55:31 PM
Quite funny - but I think it's a bit unfair to tar Honeywell as trying to pull off this goofy stunt - the computer was a legit Honeywell computer (that I imagine sold quite a few more than 0 units).

It was Neiman Marcus that tried to sell it as a "Kitchen Computer".  But then again, they're well known for selling a thing or two for an embarrassingly high price tag that no one in their right mind would consider buying; it's kind a of a trademark of theirs.
949  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Where the hell is Ralf Maximus? on: November 27, 2008, 03:48:21 PM
Welcome back Ralf - I love the pic/story on DeviantArt about your dachshund, Oscar. I've got a wiener dog, too.  Gets stuck in the holes he chews in blankets.  Makes me laugh, but no photos, yet.
950  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Experiences buying software on eBay? on: November 24, 2008, 06:38:48 PM
Buyer protection from eBay/Paypal (take your pick they are the same people) is a joke and almost impossible to claim.

Sounds like eBay/Paypal are as deep into scamming as the rest of 'em.
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