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Happy Holidays 2006! (Download Squad)

Dec 24th 2006 8:37PM Bom Natal e Feliz Ano Novo de Portugal

Get a free domain name care of Microsoft (Download Squad)

Dec 9th 2006 9:48PM @nizzy1115

I don't agree about it being a scam - they offer you the domain name for free while using the Office Live service. If you cancel the service you can still keep the domain name but Microsoft will no longer pay the registrar fees, so you'll have to pay them yourself just like you normally would if you had registered it yourself. That to me seems fair.

My only problem with this service is that it locks you too tightly with Microsoft products (IE) and has very limited editing options - but that was to be expected.

Get a free domain name care of Microsoft (Download Squad)

Dec 9th 2006 9:07PM Unfortunately, the Office Live Basics (the free offer) is not open outside of the USA (although the other services seem to be available to a few other countries). Also Office Live Basics won't let you edit the HTML code directly or use design tools other than the online site designer. And, as typical for Microsoft, you'll need IE to access the site.

Nevertheless it's a nice offer and seems much more complete than Google's Page Creator, etc. I hope that Google takes notice and offers a similar service ( perhaps a little more open in the editing department).

YouTube named TIME's Best Invention of 2006 (Download Squad)

Nov 7th 2006 8:22PM And it wasn't "invented" in 2006.
These lists are a waste of time.

Microsoft is offering Office Accounting Express 2007 for free (Download Squad)

Oct 30th 2006 8:11PM I checked the linked site out of curiosity and noticed that this is the Beta 2 version of Microsoft Office Accounting 2007 and that it can only be "tested" for free until it expires in June 2007 - I would hardly call it free software don't you agree.

HTTPLook: HTTP sniffing made simple (Download Squad)

Oct 24th 2006 6:21PM This program seems to have been discontinued, and the linked site says that it isn't free, and that the 15-day trial must be registered (which no longer seems to be possible).

Pirillo says Vista will help Apple (Download Squad)

Oct 15th 2006 11:18PM Personally I would dread a scenario where "the world turns to Apple" simply because that would mean replacing a market-dominant proprietary OS (Windows) for another proprietary OS (OSX) which in addition is locked to proprietary hardware. Would Apple's current drive for innovation keep it's momentum once it reached a dominat market-share? I don't know, but looking back into history I have some doubts.

Now, just look at the market-dominant iPod. It's a great DAP, beautifully designed, great interface and you just can't beat that clickwheel - genius. But it´s literally a straitjacket - you're practically locked to iTunes, it doesn't allow you to play anything but MP3s and AAC (Apple lossless can't be taken seriously, and I'm sure they would drop mp3 support if they could), they refuse to license Fairplay (talk about sarcastic!) and Apple purposedly crippled some features to feed the accessories market.

As for OS X, I think that there's little doubt that it is the best desktop operating system. It's secure, fast, versatile and elegant. But again, it locks us down to Apple's hardware. And although Macs are fine pieces of equipement (and if we take into account their build quality and features they're really not that expensive) I prefer to be free to choose the components inside my computer and easily upgrade at will.

Apple's Bootcamp is a very inteligent strategy to get Windows users to switch to Macs and thereby gain marketshare. But is it a fair strategy when Apple prevents OS X from being installed in any machines other than their own (it can actually be installed in PCs, like mentioned in previous comments, but involves some serious hacking and it's not legal)? Are they competing in equal terms with the other manufacturers? I don't think so. If Apple was under the same anti-competitive scrutiny that Microsoft is, they probably wouldn't be able to get away with some of the things they do?

And just as a side note, Ryan, how can you honestly deny your anti-Microsoft bias after posting such a creepy picture in your "Microsoft Agents on the way" post? :-)

Rearrange your taskbar with Taskbar Shuffle (Download Squad)

Oct 13th 2006 10:14PM @Jackal

"come on...i use "Taskbar Organizer" for years
next time just google little bit.."

Fight, fight, fight...
Just kidding.
I also tried Taskbar Organizer a few years ago, but I think that it's development has ceased for quite some time hasn't it?
Anyway, there are a few more utilites of this kind like the previously mentioned Taskbar++, TaskbarEx, TaskArrange, Mike Lin's Taskbar Commander, and I'm sure there must be others. I've actually tested some of these (in the true spirit of DLSQ) and found Taskbar shuffle tobe the best. Try it.

And before you ask, I have to affiliation to the author of this utility, and take no commision from it :-)

A look at Vista's geek-surly licensing (Download Squad)

Oct 13th 2006 9:50PM @Jordan Running
I guess it's time for Update 3 of this post.
Paul Thurrot, the infamous Microsoft evangelist (just kidding, he's actually very objective in his opinions) has just shed some light on this Vista EULA issue, over at Win SuperSite. According to him there has been a lot of misconceptions about the Vista EULA contract - Microsoft actually clarified some issues in the new EULA, making it more readable than the one for XP and this apparently has thrown some people off track :-).
The bottom line is that the Vista's licence is not more restrictive than XP's, all retail versions can be transfered to a new computer, there's no need to buy a new license if the PC is ugraded, and although the Home Basic and Home Premium license does not allow installation in a Virtual Machine, technically they can and what Microsoft doesn't know can't hurt you.
For more details check Thurrots article at

So I guess that Microsoft is not as bad as we thought (hoped :-) and we'll just have to find something else to hate about Vista.

Rearrange your taskbar with Taskbar Shuffle (Download Squad)

Oct 13th 2006 8:23PM @Mysterius & @Judge,
Thanks guys, I was still using an older version of Taskbar Shuffle and didn't know about "middle-click" feat - should pay more attention to the updates! This is great news, TS keeps getting better and better.
Hey mr. Bill Gates, if you are reading this, before you leave , do us a favor and hire the author of this app, Jay Elaraj I think is his name - Vista needs him.