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926  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.
927  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?
928  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.
929  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 microsoft.com 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.
930  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).
931  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Finally a DonationCoder.com 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...
932  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.

933  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...
934  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).
935  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" (http://www.slickedit.com/...&id=162&Itemid=57).   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.
936  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.
937  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 http://security.comcast.net/.  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.
938  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.
939  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.
940  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.
941  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.
942  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 download.com 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)
943  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.

944  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.
945  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: nagarsoft.com
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.

946  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Things your kids will never know - old school tech! on: October 29, 2008, 10:38:09 PM
My first camera...

Oh yeah - that reminds me of flash bulbs and flash cubes.  Wow,  I'd completely forgotten about their existence.

Here's a groovy commercial for them:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eGZX_4EIEU
947  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Companies paying people to say good things about their products on forums on: October 13, 2008, 06:12:12 PM
Hmm...  I guess we have to watch out for that mouser guy then.
948  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why Does Microsoft Make File Type Names So Long? on: October 11, 2008, 11:49:02 AM
You'd have to show me (on my system, of course) what extensions need more than three characters. I don’t see them.

The problem is that when a developer wants to come up with an extension for their application's data files they want to make it unique across all applications so there's no conflict on anyone's machines, not just yours.
949  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: FinePrint vs. priPrinter on: October 02, 2008, 01:14:49 PM
I have FP6 at home and 5-something at work.  Not thrilled with version 6, but anything is better than file|print.  I wonder if it will be available for U3 so I can use it both places w/1 purchase.

You already can - from the FinePrint FAQ (http://www.fineprint.com/support/faqs.html):

Can I use the software on my laptop and my desktop without purchasing again?

Yes, you can. The license allows you to use the software on multiple computers as long as they are not simultaneously used.
950  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Reading Administrator account files from USB on: September 25, 2008, 12:59:38 AM
I was able to take ownership of some other account files and this without ever being asked a password... what kind of security is that? What is the point of setting access priviledges to files, if anybody can simply bypass this and simple take ownership?

I'm happy to have been able to do it, but at the very least, I expected to be required to enter the original account credentials (account name, password), otherwise NTFS security is just a joke...
I assume that you are running with an administrator account on the new machine?  Administrators have the right to take ownership of files.  If you were logged on as a non-admin user, you would not have been able to do this.
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