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

Jessica Alba Screensaver

The TechRepublic Software Library is loaded with apps of great practical value to working IT pros. But did you know that hidden deep within the library's recesses are many software downloads that will almost certainly never make it into a Right Tool for the Job review? View this screenshot gallery to see ten examples ranging from wacky to near-miss to vaguely inappropriate.

Why is actor Jessica Alba in TechRepublic's Software Library? Sure, she has starred in a few comic-book-based films, but what does her questionable "geek cred" have to do with helping IT pros get the job done? A true question for the ages.

Learn more or download the Jessica Alba screensaver from TechRepublic's Software Library.

24 comments
edwin111952
edwin111952

Not bad but looks a little lifeless!!!!!!!!

Geosync
Geosync

Could you, maybe, attach a picture of a hot-looking woman to each of the articles published in the future? Please? Thanks!

Ally88
Ally88

Oh what a relef it is. In the day that is. Oh, this could be taken two ways. Oh well.

thisisfutile
thisisfutile

I've studied this picture of Jessica for 5 minutes now and I can't see anything wrong with it...not a single flaw. Maybe I'm missing something, I'll keep looking! ;-)

chaz15
chaz15

Some of your recommended software downloads that you provide links to has been horrendous spyware!!!! Please properly check out downloads before providing advice and download links. This might give IT technical staff time to do the job they are paid for instead of having to (very tiringly/ VERY timeconsumingly) remove some of this stuff!!!!

dawgit
dawgit

Just who is she, anyway? And what is that she's trying to wear? No thanks. Now where is the new LDAP? -or- maybe Samba, -or- Gimp plug-ins, -or- various sections of the ITIL... hummmm... Maybe I'm just tooo old. -d

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler moderator

Whether it's Elf Bowling, an unapproved IM client or even SETI@home, IT department are constantly struggling to keep unauthorized software off company machines. Does your company have an acceptable computer use policy that forbids users from installing unauthorized software? How do you enforce the policy--monitoring software, Windows Group Policy or physical inspections?

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

rick, I hope for your sake I'm wrong, but I suspect many of the female TR members will have something to say about your suggestion. Let me know if you need to borrow my helmet.

Manitobamike
Manitobamike

The red in her top does not match the blanket she is laying on. Major fashion glitch. :)

torix350
torix350

I downloaded the ARCADE! zip pack from TR a while ago. Big mistake; for months I was getting pop-ups due to that junk. Makes me think twice about downloading stuff from TR...

Locrian_Lyric
Locrian_Lyric

But really, who is that woman? What's her IQ? Does she grok Sprock? Who does she think would win in a fight, Kirk or Picard?

Geosync
Geosync

I work from home, so I don't worry about unauth software; I just install it. If it doesn't crash my computer and/or erase my hard drive, then I'm all set. :-D Seriously, though, to avoid crashes and other work-interrupting dilemmas, I usually only install work-related utilities. Also, I get mine from a trustworthy sites like TR.

tech10171968
tech10171968

I work at a small shop, so I can occasionally VNC into everyone's work machine from my home. If I see anything looking suspiciously not work-related I like have a "friendly chat" with the offender and the unauthorized software disappears. So far I haven't had a problem with this approach, and I may have saved a couple of co-workers' jobs. Oh, and restricting user privileges helps a bunch when dealing with most of my users, but in our field it's not uncommon to occasionally find a worker every bit as computer-literate as the admin.

dawgit
dawgit

Fingers maybe? That works in some businesses. -d

Geosync
Geosync

Yes, you're right. Some may not view my attempt at humor favorably. But the image caught my eye, and I found myself clicking. So I wanted to joke about how such an image could raise click counts for articles. (I'm think that's why Jessica Alba was chosen in the first place.) Anyway, I was just free-associating in my previous post. I humbly submit my apology to anyone who has taken offense.

Tig2
Tig2

That she groks "grok". I, on the other hand, OWN the book- first edition and everything. You can have one or the other. You rarely get both.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I first heard of her on the short-lived TV series "Dark Angel". Recently she play Sue Storm, a.k.a. the Invisible Girl, in the "Fantastic Four" movies. If she's done anything else it's been below my very short-range celebrity radar.

dawgit
dawgit

Now that is a toughie. ;\ -d

Geosync
Geosync

Tigger, you made my day!

Tig2
Tig2

Most of the women of TR will simply take a moment of pity on you and pass by. We understand that geek men are visually stimulated and NEED such things. As geek women, we are prepared to be understanding and tolerant of your odd ways... Failing to understand GG and Mae? That is a horse of an entirely unacceptable colour. Do not make that mistake! Palmetto, now you have the helmet off, can we step aside for a brief conversation?