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926  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...

927  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!
928  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.
929  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.
930  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.
931  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.
932  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?
933  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.
934  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.
935  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).
936  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...
937  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.

938  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...
939  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).
940  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.
941  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.
942  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.
943  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.
944  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.
945  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.
946  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.
947  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Licence key for Tennis Elbow Manager on: November 24, 2008, 06:34:22 PM
Are you serious? Tennis Elbow Manager? What is that, some medical sports sim where you manage patients with tennis elbow?

I thought this was a joke too at first, but here are some of the things has to say about it:

Become a tennis coach and manage up to 4 tennis players take care of training sessions, planning, sponsors, team members, and match tactics...

And even more interesting (maybe it is a joke):

#10 in  Tennis Video Games  (out of 9 products)
948  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Experiences buying software on eBay? on: November 24, 2008, 02:43:52 PM
The thing you have to be careful of when buying software on the 'gray market' (this could be eBay or software discounters that sell old versions or OEM versions) is that if the license is invalid (or sold too many times) the manufacturer will often blacklist the code.  That means that updates to the software will cause it to stop working, or if the  software requires online activation it may stop working even without updates.

949  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: JetStart Launcher on: November 21, 2008, 10:07:41 PM
I used to use JetStart a while back, but stopped because it crashed a bit too often; except for that, I liked it pretty well.  That was a while ago, so those problems might be resolved by now.  I don't recall having any problem uninstalling it.
950  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Direct Access 2.0 - Getting Too Pricey for Me! on: November 13, 2008, 12:11:39 AM
These policy changes are unfortunate.  I wasn't too interested in paying for an upgrade to 2.0 to start with, but with the more restrictive licensing, I doubt even some sort of stupid impulse will get me to buy (stupid impulses probably drive most of my software purchases).

One year and done. No option to continue using the current version - I asked and that apparently will not be allowed.
Are you sure about that one?  I got an email about the impending release of Direct Access 2.0, and the way I read it, the annual subscription is for support, updates and upgrades - pretty much standard stuff for an annual subscription fee.  It doesn't say anything about the license for what ever you have at the time running out:

Quote from:
To get Direct Access 2.0, you need to have an active upgrade subscription. You can buy the upgrade protection now for only 24.95$/year and get priority support and free updates and upgrades for 1 year.

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