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Why don't we tip IT service people? (Download Squad)

Jul 18th 2007 5:51PM You only tip people who are "beneath" you; it is charity to people who are too stupid or unskilled to actually get a job where their employer respects them enough to give them a livable wage. IT service workers presumably are skilled and paid well enough that they don't need tips to earn a salary.

New York Times Reader (beta) (Download Squad)

Dec 6th 2006 4:25PM Although the NYTimes Reader is similar to reading it online in a browser, I think they have done a great job implementing an interesting idea. I find the NYTimes Reader to be a much more natural way to read the news. Articles expand automatically if you enlarge the program which leads to much less scrolling and mouse holding, read articles are hidden if you so choose, pictures on the "front pages" are included or excluded depending on how much room you give the program, etc. Overall I am able to get through the news much more quickly with a super-clean, elegant layout devoid of hundreds of distractions, links, etc and a maximum of one unobtrusive ad per page (and only in the articles, none on the "front pages").

WordPerfect to support ODF and Open XML (Download Squad)

Nov 30th 2006 8:47PM As others have noted WordPerfect continued to be quite common amongst lawyers much later than with other groups. However, I think even lawyers now use Word much more often than WordPerfect. I don't know any student at my law school who uses it either so it doesn't look good for the future.

On the other hand, if Word, WordPerfect and OpenOffice all support OpenDocument and/or OpenXML, is there anything that will force users to continue to use Word as opposed to increasing the use of WordPerfect and OpenOffice? Informed thoughts would be appreciated.

SageTV for Linux (Download Squad)

Nov 6th 2006 10:11PM MythTV requires a million steps to get installed and is beyond the means of most computer users. It also has zero support for Media Extenders.

Acer VP trashes Vista Home Basic (Download Squad)

Oct 27th 2006 8:11PM "There's no [Aero] graphics, no Media Center, no remote control."

Seriously, what percent of the general population even cares about this? I certainly know that my parents, brothers, girlfriend, friends, co-workers, etc certainly don't give a damn about these features. Areo graphics, while nice, certainly aren't necessary, heck they don't even exist now. Also, Media Center is and probably always will be a niche product that won't be missed by most people who have their computer in a study, bedroom, etc and not in the middle of their living room.

Free music with AllOfMP3's Music for Masses (Download Squad)

Oct 19th 2006 8:15PM Or you could just go to Napster or Rhapsody's website and do the exact same thing except 100% legally.

Do you Utube? (Download Squad)

Oct 15th 2006 12:13PM I think you totally misread this article. The fact that a search of utube leads to youtube.com first and utube.com second is only a minor complaint of his.

His main complaint is that millions of people looking for YouTube.com are ending up at his website utube.com instead and thus overloading his site. All of the false traffic looking for utube had made his website inaccessible for himself and his real customers. If anything you should be claiming that Google/Youtube needs to "perhaps hire a SEO expert to help their standing in the ranks of Google, etc."

Craiglist founder not interested in selling (Download Squad)

Oct 5th 2006 3:42PM "Don't forget, he already sold a quarter of his business to Ebay a while back."

No, if you had bothered to read the article you would have seen that a partner sold his share to Ebay, not Newmark.

"Craigslist is 25 percent owned by eBay after one of the shareholders who helped to set up the site in the 1990s sold his stake in 2004."

la la: Trade music CDs for a dollar (Download Squad)

Sep 21st 2006 8:12PM la la is pretty cool but with two caveats.

1. It's $1.75 per CD since you obviously always have to pay shipping on each CD.

2. All CDs are treated equally. Most people seem to prefer this (or at least they did when I brought it up a few times during beta testing in March). However I think it seriously weakens the value of the service. I made a reasonably sized wishlist with some very common 90's CDs as well as recent CDs, less common 80's and 90's CDs. I quickly found that the only CDs I was getting were really, really cheap CDs (popular 90's CDs that tons of people had but didn't want anymore). Despite the fact that most of the CDs I was sending out were going for ~$6-12 on half.com all of the ones I was receiving I could have got for ~$2-5. Once I noticed this I stopped trading my better CDs on la la and took off all of the cheap CDs from my wishlist. It was the only way I could get fair trades. I've since put my more expensive CDs up for trade on switchdiscs.com because they allow you to "price" your CDs (they recommend you follow amazon's used prices). I think this is a much fairer and more efficient way to barter, although it is admittedly not as straightfoward.

As it is set up now I think too many people use it to get expensive discs off of unsuspecting users. It is also impossible to unload "common" CDs that are less desirable now, because these aren't valued any less by la la than brand new CDs.