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Should you be paid for the time it takes to boot your computer? (Download Squad)

Nov 21st 2008 3:01PM My XP boots in about 20-22 seconds (to Desktop), and I have 11.5-GB of used space on the Windows/program partition... I use those 8-10 seconds to laugh at Vista users.

Should you be paid for the time it takes to boot your computer? (Download Squad)

Nov 21st 2008 2:57PM Sure, take the employer's side. Complain that employees abuse company policy, and use work time for social or personal tasks. Oh boo hoo, the poor employer!

Only one thing: Employers do have a way of dealing with that. They have "performance improvement programs", stern talks, warnings, layoffs, and firings. Every company I've worked for blatantly states that they don't even need a reason to fire you; they can do so at will or whim.

If employers don't monitor their employees closely enough, or don't take appropriate actions, whose fault is that?

Look for another job you say. That's kind of like saying "If you're in a burning house and find it too hot, find another burning house." The point being that more or less, all employers are the same. Not only that, but is it really that easy to find jobs these days? (Oh, I know, if it is, we should just go out and get two or three Ph.D.s.)

But I'm sure you're OK with all the dirty tricks employers take advantage of. Things like keeping you at 34 hours per week (or whatever the case may be), just so you don't qualify for benefits. Like demanding you be in at 8:00 to be paid, but not paying if you stay past 5:00. Like ridiculously-low increases that don't even keep pace with the cost of living. Like adding responsibilities repeatedly, without adding pay. Like insisting on two weeks' notice upon employee-initiated leave, but giving exactly zero notice when they do the dumping. I could go on all day.

The employer/employee power balance is the most skewed there is in modern society, bar none.

Two tools to remove locked Windows files on restart (Download Squad)

Nov 12th 2008 6:56PM "When your system restarts, Boot Deleter will remove them automatically before Windows starts up."

Sorry to be pedantic, but it's not Boot Deleter that removes the files; it's Windows. All Boot Deleter does is set (or edit) a registry value, which Windows reads and acts on during the normal boot process.

Windows XP gets another stay of execution (Download Squad)

Oct 6th 2008 1:08PM "[E]ither [Windows XP] is the best operating system Microsoft has ever produced, or Windows Vista is really just that bad."

These are not mutually-exclusive propositions. WinXP is indeed the best OS Microsoft has ever produced, and Vista really is that bad.

Windows XP gets another stay of execution (Download Squad)

Oct 6th 2008 1:02PM I've used XP for years and have tried Vista enough to know I hate it. I can do without the moronic eye candy and the ultra-slow performance, not to mention the incessant, designed-to-be-annoying UAC prompts. Keep your Vista.

Livestation adds more TV channels, Linux and Mac clients (Download Squad)

Oct 6th 2008 12:59PM I've used Livestation, and removed it. It seems to be just a collection of stream links. I'd rather just have the links so I can play them in my player of choice, rather than yet another crap player. And I found that once I figured out what those URLs are, they work fine in (e.g.) KMPlayer.