Mar 242011
 

I was preparing a review for another piece of software that I loved so much I had to buy it, roboform. But I have decided that I no longer like how they perform their upgrades. I have owned this software since about 2005 and have enjoyed updates for free since then, with very little problems. Was that part of my license? I am not sure but the free updates allowed me to keep myself and passwords secure while using the latest browsers, which are almost always more secure. Enter 2011, Roboform releases version 7 and sends an email saying it is released and that I can upgrade for a reduced rate, to which I say “nah, I cant afford it and version 7 doesn’t add enough functionality for me to actually start putting the money aside for it”. Ok, I was a bit put off having to pay for an upgrade for the first time ever, but I thought I would just be giving up the latest features which I would not use, so no biggee. Now, Firefox 4 is released, actually it has been out for a little while, so I waited until modt of my addons were compatible, especially Roboform, since it houses all of my passwords for almost all of my sites, and it seemed like it was. So I install Firefox 4 and Roboform has a little button instead of the toolbar, so now I start getting concerned, click the button and roboform wants to send me to a webpage with upgrade now links, so I send an email to Roboform, to which they reply with a canned answer “It is not compatible with Firefox 4 but you can very easily upgrade to version 7 for a reduced cost. Of course version 6 will still work in the old versions of Firefox”! Are you kidding me, that is bad business and it ticks me off a bit, I can understand wanting people to pay to upgrade, but to force them to upgrade if they want the latest most secure browser, PURE BS!! So now it is time to start looking at a new password manager…maybe http://keepass.info/ with a plugin for firefox which is still in the dev stages. I have not tested it to see how it does yet, but thanks to roboform’s crappy stinking support for their customers I need to do it!

(EDIT: Now to be fair and honest, late last night I received an email from roboform giving me a free license for either the desktop version or the everywhere version, which I chose everywhere version since I have 2 PCs with licenses for version 6 and the everywhere version works for multiple PCs and devices like IPhone etc as well as online, but I know they will hit me with a bill next year so I have a year to find a new password saving software, maybe lastpass or something like it. Looking at version 7 I like how it looks, but it still seems very much like it did before, so I still stand behind the impression I get that this was a ploy to raise some money from their users!! And it all seems a bit sketchy to me.)

Thanks for reading!

Mar 072011
 

I rely on the quick launch of Windows to quickly launch all of the apps and programs I need to launch. I have been using it since around Windows 95, but found it was a bit limited in what it could do for me besides launch programs, so I went on the search for a quick launch replacement for Windows and found something called TrueLaunchBar in 2005 and have never looked back at the quick launch toolbar in windows again. It provides quite a large amount of functionality that you could only dream of on the quick launch bar. The plugins that are available are incredible and include items like calendars, clocks, system resources, media controls, clipboard monitoring, weather forecasts, as well as many others. Another thing about this bar, the author is VERY RESPONSIVE to anything you might have a question with or even suggestions and will quite amazingly work with you one on one if necessary to fix an issue.

The only thing you may want to keep in mind is if you have Windows 7 and want your taskbar at the bottom and your truelaunchbar at the side or top you will possible need to use the standalone version of his bar which is exactly the same, but it allows you to detach it from the taskbar.

So if you have a need to enhance and replace your quick launch bar in Windows, head over to http://www.truelaunchbar.com/ and grab a copy, they even have a free one available, although I think the pay one is worth the cost.

 

He also has a facebook page if you have an interest at http://www.facebook.com/pages/True-Launch-Bar/153398428046694

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