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Yahoo Mail finally fixes IMAP data bug (Download Squad)

Mar 11th 2011 11:01PM Well it's great to hear Yahoo can actually manage to solve the occasional problem when it really tries.

What I find laughable is their lopsided approach to spam: while they can do nothing to identify all the spam emails flooding my inbox -- the moment I try to forward these same emails to Yahoo's so-called Customer Care, Yahoo PREVENTS ME from doing so, claiming that the email I'm about to send looks suspicious!!!!


I've been a loyal Yahoo customer (one who pays for their Plus service) for more than a decade, and I'm preparing to switch everything to either gmail or hotmail (haven't decided yet). They're a joke now, and I guess it began a few years ago when gmail started becoming big and Yahoo just threw in the towel.

Such a shame -- Yahoo used to be so innovative.

[Yes, I know this is not all that on-topic ... I apologize, but sometimes a person just has to vent.]

Microsoft gets drunk, gives away Technet subscriptions (Download Squad)

Jun 3rd 2009 10:59AM Well that sounds promising ...

Anyone else have similar (or different) experience? I'm frankly most interested in Vista, not Office, and can't help wondering if they'd be more likely to be hardnosed about the OS. Of course, perhaps they don't care because they'll expect people will want to move to W7 anyway ...

Microsoft gets drunk, gives away Technet subscriptions (Download Squad)

Jun 3rd 2009 10:39AM In the this-sounds-too-good-to-be-true category:

From the Service Agreement, item #11:
"Unless we notify you otherwise, your license to use the software will end on the date your service ends, and you must promptly uninstall the software. We may disable the software after the date the service ends."

Um ... this seems to me like I can go ahead and grab Vista Ultimate or whatever I like, but that after September 30th I will no longer have the right to use it. Am I missing something, or is this not quite the sweet deal that it seems?

Does anyone have any reason to believe that one could remain a bona fide (ie "Genuinely Advantaged", to use Microsoft parlance) user of the downloaded products after this special program ends three months from now?

Five sandboxing apps to protect your Windows computer (Download Squad)

Mar 11th 2009 11:23AM From what I understand, no current sandbox apps may work on Vista because of the way Vista controls access to the kernel. Apparently it does much more than any past Windows version to deny access to anything trying to control the kernel — which is where sandbox programs (as well as malware) like to operate.

BTW though I haven't used any sandboxing program yet, I did listen to a good interview with the creator Sandboxie in Steve Gibson's Security Now podcast: http://www.grc.com/securitynow.htm, episode #172. Explains quite a bit about how sandboxing works.

How not to configure your new Limewire install (Download Squad)

Feb 18th 2009 11:20AM "...the average user simply doesn't understand how important it is to pay attention to the messages during a software install."

You know, driving a car is stupendously dangerous — if you're just 5 degrees off with the steering wheel, you could die in a head-on collision — and yet the vast majority of us manage to avoid killing ourselves. Why? Because a) we actually spent time training to drive a car, instead of just assuming that you turn the key and off you go; and b) we know the price of not doing driving very well can be extremely serious. A car, after all, is a very powerful machine.

The masses simply don't understand the power they're exercising by using a computer, especially one connected to the internet.

If they did, they might take a little more responsibility and thereby save themselves and others a lot of trouble and frustration.

Analyze drive space usage on Windows or Mac with JDiskReport (Download Squad)

Jan 13th 2009 5:10PM Ah — excellent point; I hadn't realized that.

Analyze drive space usage on Windows or Mac with JDiskReport (Download Squad)

Jan 13th 2009 10:57AM I was about to say how much I like Sequoia for this -- it's very visual -- but in searching for the link, I noticed someone say they like WinDirStat better; I looked at it, and I have to agree it does look better. So here's the link to that, instead:

Both use a block style to show your file usage, which makes it easier (for me, anyway) to zero in on exactly which files and folders are taking up the most space.

Man discovers friends were NOT looking for him, sues Classmates.com (Download Squad)

Nov 12th 2008 4:23PM Classmates.com was never a good service (well maybe in its first year, when the internet was young), and I had spam problems with them a few years ago. Surprised to learn they're still in business. Hope this lawsuit forces them to either adopt integrity or else go bankrupt.

So your web host is retiring: How to back-up and move forward (Download Squad)

Oct 3rd 2008 10:44AM I've had several accounts with United Hosting (unitedhosting.com and unitedhosting.co.uk) and they are awesome. The cheapest package is $8 bucks per month. At first I wasn't too enthusiastic that they had no phone support — only email tickets — but their response time is fantastic (most answers within an hour; once when I opened an "urgent" ticket they answered in 3 minutes!).

Downtime is extremely rare (like maybe 15 minutes twice a year).

Besides simply looking at their site, you can get a good idea of their kind of support at their forums: www.unitedforums.co.uk.

Heck, they even talked me out of upgrading to a higher package once, all because they felt I didn't needed the extra bandwidth. :) How's that for integrity?

BTW I realize I must sound like a ringer here, being so über-positive in my comments. But google UH yourself and see what others have said.

5 Ways To Surf Like a Complete Moron (Download Squad)

Sep 24th 2008 2:11PM Whoops — I forgot to say that when I do the AdAware and SpyBot checks, I also use either Kaspersky or TrendMicro's Housecall.

And for what it's worth, I also:
— use Firefox
— use AdBlockPlus
— keep Java off (but not Javascript)