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Firefox is 6 years old today (Download Squad)

Nov 9th 2010 10:34AM Oh wow. Browse the FTP site... Those were the days.

Happy 15th, Windows 95! (Download Squad)

Aug 24th 2010 4:05PM The best Windows OS. Ever. I learned my second most important lesson about computers when I bought a new machine because it had Windows 98, and I had not yet learned not to trust Microsoft.

I Write Like tells you which famous author you write like (Download Squad)

Jul 28th 2010 8:39AM I used my wine writing and was told I was Jame Joyce. I used my political writing and was told I was H.P. Lovecraft. Considering that I was trained as a journalist, those are both pretty funny. Though my mom would like the comparison to Joyce.

Are Yahoo and Microsoft trying to game comScore for a better market share? (Download Squad)

Jul 13th 2010 11:26AM I can't speak to this specific practice, but it's common -- and bad business -- for Web sites that depend on traffic numbers for ad rates and the like to put unnecessary links on a site. That way, when a visitor stops by, they have to click through three or four links instead of one or two, which boosts time on site, viewed pages and similar numbers.

Gmail finally adds rich text and per-address signatures (Download Squad)

Jul 9th 2010 7:08AM Big deal. I've been doing this on Thunderbird for years.

Whisky Catalog: because geeks like fine spirits, too. (Download Squad)

Jul 5th 2010 1:45PM You can do the same thing with wine with Cellar Tracker -- The interface isn't the smoothest thing in the world, but it works reasonably well.

Canonical causes a ruckus by asking which new apps users want on Ubuntu (Download Squad)

Jan 17th 2010 10:58AM You're exactly correct. The world would be a better place if all software was open source. But when I switched from Vista piece of crap to Ubuntu, I had to give up Windows Live Writer, which is not only the greatest piece of software Microsoft has ever done, but an outstanding piece of software regardless. I miss it, and it would make Ubuntu perfect if it was supported. I don't use Photoshop or iTunes, but I understand that people do use them would feel the same way.

What was your first computer? (Download Squad)

Dec 31st 2009 3:32PM IBM clone -- an 8086/8088 processor with the button that moved it to 8088. DOS, of course, with BASIC in case you wanted to do some programming. Ran it with Sidekick, which was a PIM that ran in RAM when you hit a hotkey.

Infamous Chinese pirates launch Ubuntu that looks just like Windows XP (Download Squad)

Dec 27th 2009 1:27PM I'm convinced, after installing various forms of Ubuntu and other distros on older computers for friends and family, then it's not so much the Windows software that people need to run that makes them so shy about Linux (save for some games and Photoshop) is that it's not Windows. They truly believe, as crappy as Windows is, that the computer won't run if it doesn't have Windows on it. That's the job that Microsoft has done on everyone.

If this version of XP/Ubuntu was stable, I'd love to do a blind tasting -- stick it in front of someone who doesn't know Ubuntu and see if they can tell the difference.