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    Genuine users, please check in:

    Fighting bloody spammers daily, is it worth it any more? Is ANYONE actually left, other than moderators & spammers. Nobody wants to be the one that says it, but maybe the time has come to say goodbye, we've had a good run, it was fun while it lasted, but even the little quorum of regulars seems...
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    "Burnout" a protection scanner

    Burnout CD/file protection scanner Detect many of the protections, and unlike many of the old scanners, this one is reasonably current. I'd prefer to avoid the worst protections on my system, as many of them use system hooks in a disruptive and trojan manner.
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    CNET Compare CD/DVD Freeware

    Free disc burning software A decent selection, except for one crippled 25MB trial - why review as freeware, it ISN'T.
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    Online Armor ++ (free on Jan 29th)

    Giveaway of the Day Project Team’s Blog Blog Archive Online Armor ++ on GOTD Giveaway of the Day will be making Online Armor ++ Firewall, Antivirus, Antimalware a giveaway offer on Jan 29th. It's rare for something this good to turn up, rarer still for it to be pre-announced. Since it can...
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    3GP driving me crazy!

    Got a new Samsung MY411C phone, and going crazy trying to do (free unless there is absolutely no other way) 3GP conversion for it. The video it makes itself, and will reload, is (as seen by Mediacoder 3GP edition): 3GP -Container: Quicktime/MOV -Video (1): H.263 --Bitrate 95 Kbps --Resolution...
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    The guide spam phenomenon

    A trend has been noticed at this and other forums... A "helpful" new poster brings along a nicely formatted guide with pictures, typically for some piece of shareware with the absolutely senseless "free download" description. Now it may not offensive as some other kinds of spam, but it's still...
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    Shareaza site, hostile takeover

    Saw this on CDFREAKS, and though it deserved a wider airing... is this payback for Piratebay taking control of (which is now back to what it was) Warning The domain is NOT, i repeat NOT the official shareaza site anymore. We have changed it too Shareaza - Bringing P2P...
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    Flash Player update

    The Flash player 9 (update 3) performance/feature update which has been bubbling under in beta at Adobe Labs - Flash Player 9 Update is now on release. Adobe - Adobe Flash Player The new features: Support for H.264 video and HE-AAC audio codecs. Multi-core support for vector rendering. Full...
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    IFPI.COM taken over by Piratebay

    In a domain renewal foulup, the IFPI.COM address has has been collected by their opponents. No longer The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), now the International Federation of Pirates Interests If you have a location that google searches, please googlebomb for...
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    iPhone meets... Blender man!

    In the greatest tradition of taking cool/overrated new hardware and destroying it, like smashmyps3 Now the iPhone has an appointment with a blender at Will it Blend There is just over one page of "safe" blender tricks there, and over 10 pages of "unsafe".
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    If you can read this

    pɐǝɥ ɹnoʎ uo ƃuıpuɐʇs ǝɹɐ noʎ lɯʇɥ˙dılɟ\ɯoɔ˙pɐɟʌǝɹ˙ʍʍʍ\\:dʇʇɥ ʇɐ uʍop ǝpısdn plɹoʍ ɹnoʎ uɹnʇ
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    SecureZip V11 (free offer) It's from the makers of PKZIP, it zips, it zips securely, it integrates with email, and the crazy guys at PKWARE are currently giving it away. It opens some other formats, and can compress to formats that many would not consider to be fully compatible "ZIP". But there lies...
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    Out of schedule patch release - Animated cursor may cause code execution

    Microsoft released the patch for this bug (and a rollup of several other privilege escalation vulnerabilities) on Tuesday the 3rd of April, with no other patches on this date. Known issues, problem with Realtek Audio control panel, requiring a further...
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    Another great flash game timewaster Simple idea, place the towers to kill waves of baddies, but for a big score, you have to do it cheaply, without letting too many by, and uses a lot of your upgrades (wood) on extra 5% interest upgrades...
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    Encspot goes free (for now?) Encspot 2.2 beta and free pro licence
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    Blindwrite free (ends 8.00 AM GMT 27 dec 2006)

    On today (Dec 26th). VSO Software Blindwrite, current version. Limitations: No support, no free upgrades (point updates not mentioned). Must download from their link, install and activate DURING THE OFFER DAY. As suggested in the comments, setting a restore...
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    Freebie download of the day

    Found this on another Forum: 20th December app, Astra32 system Info, rather a lot of problems noted with it, BSODs etc. and also Not found one I liked today, but it appears you must download, install and get the free licence...
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    Adobe Acrobat Reader 7, security vulnerability Updating to version 8 is "recommended", though version 8 has been criticised as "bloatware" that uses too much disk, RAM and startup preloading. There is also a file replacement patch for V7.0.x, but no automation in applying it...
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    Crazy graphics vids - some nice CGI, just don't read the comments first. - MS Paint with attitude!
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    If you could go back in time

    And say one thing, to one person, at a critical moment, what would it be: eg. JFK: "Duck!" John Lennon: "Don't open the door" Gary Kildall: "Don't play golf today"