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Ten software downloads on TechRepublic that will never make it as a Right Tool for the Job


We TechRepublic editors are a serious, hardworking bunch. Even toward the end of a team lunch at the Macaroni Grill, minds dulled by gargantuan helpings of seafood linguini and molten chocolate cake, our conversation somehow, inevitably meanders back towards work questions of monumental significance, such as: What is with all the wacky software in the TechRepublic Software Library, anyway? Sure, the TechRepublic Software Library is loaded with apps of great practical value to the working IT pro. Almost every week we draw on the library for a new Right Tool for the Job feature. But did you know that hiding deep within the library's recesses are countless software downloads - many free or free to try - that will almost certainly never make it into a Right Tool for the Job review? Some are silly, some are near-misses, and some are vaguely or downright inappropriate. View an image gallery of ten examples, chosen at random. It will probably be pretty obvious why we think these particular downloads are unlikely to appeal to the average TechRepublic member. But if we're wrong -- if you would in fact like to see a Right Tool review of one or more of these software downloads -- we trust you won't be shy about letting us know.

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What is this picture of actor Jessica Alba doing in the TechRepublic Software Library?

Go ahead. We dare you. Click here for a look at some software downloads on TechRepublic that we don't think will ever appeal to you, the hardworking IT pro.

 

15 comments
simon.c.tremblay
simon.c.tremblay

This one's been around for a while. Funny concept, completly useless... " Overview: Ever notice how shiny your Palm screen is? With this application, you can make it an excellent mirror in an emergency. It's great for watching over your shoulder and sneaking glances. It's also good for using your Palm IIIx or Palm V as a night-light." If I remember correctly, it turns the screen black so you can see yourself in it. http://software.techrepublic.com.com/download.aspx?&q=mirror&docid=180673

jschafer4
jschafer4

Why do I have such a problem getting your articles to open? I am rarely ever able to open up the articles from the newsletters. I have followed all of the suggested fixes, and am getting quite frustrated! The photo montages are especially difficult to get opened up.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

I'm sorry you're having trouble opening our articles, blogs and galleries. Are you able to more easily access these by entering the content URL directly into your browser and not using the newsletter link? If you copy and paste the following link into your browser, does the gallery load correctly? http://content.techrepublic.com.com/2346-10877_11-162863.htm

jschafer4
jschafer4

Nope -- not ususally. But if I get to the main site, and then find the link there, I can sometimes get into the site. It takes alot of effort and clicking around to do it though. I was eventually able to open this last site that way, however I have never been able to open up any of the galleries showing the insides of different pieces of hardware torn apart. I can usually get to the Adobe docs such as "10 customization tricks for Windows XP" and other articles like that. I have no problem opening multi-media stuff from other sources... just from Tech Republic. I have enabled cookies for Tech Republic... sure hope you can help me!

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

Send me a private message with your browser type and any error messages that your receive when trying to open our galleries.

lindamarie
lindamarie

I did a write-up about good and bad HelpDesk Tools this week. Take a look. www helpdesknotes com

lmarks
lmarks

"Actor Jessica Alba"??? You must REALLY be geeks! Looks like an _actress_ to me.... Larry M.

Ed H.
Ed H.

The word actor has been gender-neutral for some time now.

chrisbedford
chrisbedford

And I thought my father was an old-fashioned nitpicker! To use gender-specific words (particularly with "-ess" suffixes) is sexist in a subtle way that only has become apparent since some time around mid 20th century. But it has been increasingly common knowledge for 50+ years now, so let's build a bridge and "get over it". Think about it. Your boss is a guy, he's the "manager". You have a woman doing the same job, she's only a "manageress", somehow implying a lesser role. Definitely with mayor & mayoress, but just as apparent with actor / actress and so on. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (I think that's what they're called?) many years ago changed the Oscar categories (did you notice?) to best lead in a male role & best lead in a female role - NOT best actor / actress. If you are a technician, do you want your female counterparts to be "technicianesses"? Would you like to be taught at college by "professoresses" or "lecturerettes"? Let's forget the sexist job names and get on with our work.

carareynolds
carareynolds

We did our best to find the wackiest software downloads in the TechRepublic Software Library, but it's possible we didn't find the absolute silliest ones. Can you find even sillier software in our Software Library than the ones we listed? The finder of the silliest software will receive a much-coveted TechRepublic mug! In a comment to this post, nominate the software by name, include a link, and a brief explanation of why you think it should win the title of Software Least Likely to be Featured in a Right Tool for the Job review.

josh_trow
josh_trow

Oh, so sorry. I forgot what site I'm on! Anyway, while browsing the software section, I stumbled across this gem. While it will probably only prolong the time you have before you get fired, or your wife/girlfriend breaks up with you, it is still good to know that you don't have to come up with witty comments on your own - now your computer can do that too! **Edit** May help to post the link :) http://software.techrepublic.com.com/download.aspx?&q=smartbee&docid=202993

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

I know. I know. I'm a TechRepublic employee and I already have plenty of TechRepublic coffee mugs, but I thought I would get the ball rolling with my software pick. As an avid gamer, I've joined my share of online voice chats. Voice communication is easier, faster, and less likely to be misunderstood during game play than text. Yet the technology does have pitfalls. It's hard to strike fear into your enemies if you sound like a famous cartoon mouse we're all familiar with. For all those with a less than imposing voices, Screaming Bee's MorphVOX Classic will: "Change your voice to enhance your online gaming experience or to disguise your age, gender or identity." Fantastic! Now my Undead Rogue can sound eerie and evil, and my Human Warlock will sound mystical and mysterious. Screaming Bee even offers a host of add-ons that will add comic sounds, ancient weapon sounds, sounds from creatures of darkness and more to MorphVOX Classic. You can down a download a free 7-day trial of MorphVOX Classic from TechRepublic's Software Library: http://software.techrepublic.com.com/download.aspx?&docid=274282

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