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Firefox catches 50% with insecure Flash, only 30% click through to update (Download Squad)

Sep 20th 2009 3:03AM It might have helped if there was a big Update button. Keep it simple and obvious rather than making it just a link.

Microsoft to replace FolderShare with Windows Live Sync (Download Squad)

Nov 25th 2008 7:00AM I'm with Mike in using dropbox. It's beautifully designed and simple to use which you could never say about Foldershare. Since Foldershare stopped supporting Windows 2000 I don't know if they have revamped the interface but it was a pig to use even for the power user.

Nawras PC Supervisor Configures Local Security Controls (Download Squad)

Aug 13th 2008 2:24PM Is there anything like this for Windows 2000?

Windows 7 says hello world, then runs and hides away (Download Squad)

May 28th 2008 5:00PM It's not multi-touch by itself, it's Microsoft's ability to make a decent OS that just works which Vista has brought into question.

Backpack adds Journal functionality for teams (Download Squad)

May 28th 2008 10:40AM Yes journal is a good feature. I would otherwise use twitter to quickly log notes and details that later I might aggregate into an email or Basecamp message. And it reminds/focuses you on what you should be doing.

Windows 7 says hello world, then runs and hides away (Download Squad)

May 28th 2008 8:52AM They don't have a clue about making products that people want. That's their problem. I'm not a Mac fan particularly but Vista has clearly made people think again about Windows.

If there's one thing we know for sure, Windows 7 will be buggy as hell what with legacy support issues and new interfaces to deal with.

Backpack adds Journal functionality for teams (Download Squad)

May 22nd 2008 10:36PM I'm quite impressed by the new Backpack and the latest journal feature.
I was using Basecamp but for three people it was actually overkill. Backpack is far better suited to a small team in terms of managing internal resources and making lists on semi-static pages.
If you really are just after some kind of space to function as an intranet then it really works rather well.

AFAIK the single-user account hasn't changed much and they do have a paying Solo account. The move to focus on multiuser should mean more repeat business for 37Signals - individuals are more capricious than small organisations.

HuddleChat is dead, long live Campfire (Download Squad)

Apr 9th 2008 10:17AM I suppose this is the expected ethical behaviour from a company whose every action has potentially devastating effects on small companies.

Still it's odd that while they could code up free replacements for any existing app, I don't see that Google actually have a convincing history of compelling design. I love Gmail and Calendar is nice but in other areas beyond search I don't see where Google have actually innovated.

I have a few notes on Notebook but the interface is soulless and clunky. Google Apps has it's uses but for regular work a desktop app remains the preeminent tool.

The problem for 37Signals is that someone not employed by Google codes up a Campfire replacement on the new platform.

I would welcome competition in this area. I'm not looking to dump Backpack etc but some of the pricing is a bit rich for me.

Vista Countdown: 1 Day! (Download Squad)

Jan 29th 2007 7:05PM I will use Vista if I encounter it in a future job but right now I'm sticking to Windows 2000.
My main objection is the DRM and really this sounds like a good time to seriously consider Linux.

Thunderbird 2 Alpha 1 in developers preview release (Download Squad)

Dec 14th 2006 2:45PM I will try this out but I'm not hopeful. I'm still awaiting the Firefox of email clients but Thunderbird never seems to nail it.
If they did then I could get my mate off Outlook Express, which for all it's faults IS easy to use and navigate.

They just need to hone the essential features and make them accessible and take a few pages out of Gmail's book.