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Rid

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Weird Wednesday: Purplemonkeydishwasher.com (Download Squad)

Mar 25th 2009 6:36PM Dopeoplesuck.com is always a soothing reminder of reality.

Yoozila: Google's Hot Cousin? (Download Squad)

Jul 8th 2008 9:22PM The below link is honestly the best explanation I have ever seen as to why Google is now the giant it is, while Yahoo shareholders can only hope to be bought out.

http://weblogs.media.mit.edu/SIMPLICITY/nonflickr/05_yahoogle.html

If I want intrusive pop-up page previews and a suggestion bar to fill half my screen, I use Ask. If I want as many ads as I get results and a page of a whole lot of junk I don't want, I have Yahoo. If I need a giant suggestion box and previews that tell little except the choice of background color a page uses, I now have Yoozila.

If I need to do a web search, I'll keep using Google.

Mozilla Firefox breaks non-existent world record - nobody cares (Download Squad)

Jul 3rd 2008 9:45AM You make them sound very generous in their humanitarian mission to spread Firefox. They are a company, they seek to make a profit, this was an advertisement. It doesn't matter if they are 'spreading the word' any more than that is a defense for MS forcing use of it's browser anti-competitively.

Mozilla Firefox breaks non-existent world record - nobody cares (Download Squad)

Jul 3rd 2008 9:42AM "It's just marketing, nothing more, nothing less. I wouldn't get so upset by it."

When you consider that Download Squad has now talked about Firefox's Download Day about eight times, and six of those in some remarkably PR-like way, there is plenty to be upset about.

Even Drew Olanoff, who seems now to recognize this as just another PR stunt, has covered it in a more positive light twice before, even saying they were going to 'break' a record (though the fact he didn't seem to know what the record was should have prompted some research). He did include plenty of links on where to sign up and encouragement on why to do it, though.

It must be nice when 'independent' blogs whose writers 'don't deal with advertising' manage to put as much effort as any given PR firm to covering a corporations newest browser update, and nice to be seen as the lovable 'little guy' despite making something like $67 million last year in ad sales. And hey, if they continue moving their 'make default browser' confirmation box to unorthodox places, defaulting it to yes, and defaulting the nag screen to 'always pop up' (IE doesn't even do all these things), well, they might just take that number 1 spot. The question is will everyone still love them as the little guy by then?

And yes, I use Firefox alongside Opera.

Bill Gates in 2003: WIndows usability going backwards (Download Squad)

Jun 25th 2008 9:15PM I would agree. The quote following that email was important to the story: "As for the message, Gates smiled and said, 'There's not a day that I don't send a piece of e-mail ... like that piece of e-mail. That's my job.' " Did he truly not know why the computer was sp slow during the install? Or whether or not a restart was needed? Likely not, but the more average user may be a different story.

It's no Download Day, but IE7 is trying to reduce carbon via download (Download Squad)

Jun 24th 2008 8:06AM Hah, shows what you know! That would mean that the blogging and social networking worlds were manipulated by the multi-Million dollar corporation Mozilla for marketing purposes. I mean, if downloading a browser wasn't cool and trendy, then the fact that Download Squad covered something as simple as a browser revision release day with four seperate articles would be downright crazy.

United States loves Firefox 3, Turkmenistan, not so much (Download Squad)

Jun 18th 2008 12:57PM Coincidentally, an infuriatingly absurd bug made me go and download Opera 9.5 just yesterday after giving up on Firefox 3. Firefox 3 would not launch from the start menu quick link when installed into a non-default directory, something simple do to with Firefox 2. After several different tries, uninstalls, reinstalls, and a bit of searching, I gave up, downloaded Opera, and have been fairly impressed with it so far. I have used Firefox 3 too, I gave it a shot and it isn't bad, but it doesn't make sense for me to keep a browser that must be installed to a non-functional partition of my hard drive which I plan on formatting soon.

United States loves Firefox 3, Turkmenistan, not so much (Download Squad)

Jun 18th 2008 12:56PM Coincidentally, an infuriatingly absurd bug made me go and download Opera 9.5 just yesterday after giving up on Firefox 3. Firefox 3 would not launch from the start menu quick link when installed into a non-default directory, something simple do to with Firefox 2. After several different tries, uninstalls, reinstalls, and a bit of searching, I gave up, downloaded Opera, and have been fairly impressed with it so far. I have used Firefox 3 too, I gave it a shot and it isn't bad, but it doesn't make sense for me to keep a browser that must be installed to a non-functional partition of my hard drive which I plan on formatting soon.

United States loves Firefox 3, Turkmenistan, not so much (Download Squad)

Jun 18th 2008 12:56PM Coincidentally, an infuriatingly absurd bug made me go and download Opera 9.5 just yesterday after giving up on Firefox 3. Firefox 3 would not launch from the start menu quick link when installed into a non-default directory, something simple do to with Firefox 2. After several different tries, uninstalls, reinstalls, and a bit of searching, I gave up, downloaded Opera, and have been fairly impressed with it so far. I have used Firefox 3 too, I gave it a shot and it isn't bad, but it doesn't make sense for me to keep a browser that must be installed to a non-functional partition of my hard drive which I plan on formatting soon.

Now that Microsoft's out of picture, Yahoo! rebounds with Google (Download Squad)

Jun 13th 2008 9:13AM Decent deal for Yahoo, a flat out amazing deal for the personal grudges of the CEO Jerry Yang, but I am sure the investors are still remembering fondly the offer of $40 a share from Microsoft. And things may be over with Microsoft, but they are just starting in court.