Archive for June, 2008

Beware Softonic Download Scam

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

A user contacted us today, asking how they could download the full version of DeskSpace they had just purchased. When we couldn’t find their order details they sent us their order receipt, and we found that they hadn’t actually bought DeskSpace from us. Instead, they had been tricked into purchasing the DeskSpace trial version by Softonic, a European download site.

Softonic lets users download the trial version of DeskSpace via a link to the Otaku Software website. However, they also offer users the chance to “Download DeskSpace from Softonic” for $1.99 USD. This misleading language gives users the false impression that they can buy DeskSpace from Softonic for $1.99 USD. What users are actually purchasing is the ability to download the trial version of DeskSpace from Softonic’s servers.

Softonic Download Scam.

Softonic could avoid any confusion simply by offering the option to “Download DeskSpace Trial Version from Softonic”. Instead, they are using ambiguous phrasing to trick unsuspecting users into buying something they should never have to pay for.

Otaku Software is in no way affiliated with Softonic, and they are not authorized to resell our software. DeskSpace is only available for purchase from the Otaku Software Store, and via selected partners such as Bits du Jour.

We have contacted Softonic and requested that they either take down their DeskSpace download page or make it clear that paid downloads are only for the trial version of DeskSpace. I’ll update this post if/when we receive a response.

Windows Vista Tweak Guide

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

Poor Man PC Review has a great guide to tweaking and tuning Windows Vista. You can check it out here.

Firefox 3.0 Released

Friday, June 20th, 2008

Mozilla has released Firefox 3.0. If you’re currently using a previous version of Firefox it’s well worth the upgrade. If you’re into tweaking your browser, Lifehacker has a great Power User’s Guide to Firefox 3.0.

Firefox 3.0.

Windows XP Retirement FAQ

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

ComputerWorld has an informative FAQ on the impending retirement of Windows XP.

Stormy Weather

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

We had a tornado rip through Perth yesterday, a very rare occurrence in this part of the world. While some areas suffered damage, thankfully no-one was seriously hurt.

UpRight 1.2.1 Released

Friday, June 6th, 2008

We’ve released UpRight 1.2.1, a utility that lets you upload files via FTP and Amazon S3 simply by right-clicking on them.

The main changes in this version are:

  • Windows Vista Support – UpRight now supports Windows Vista.
  • 64-bit Windows Support – UpRight now supports Windows XP x64 and Windows Vista x64 64-bit operating systems.
  • Copy Upload Locations – Upload locations can now be easily duplicated in the Edit Upload Locations dialog.
  • Minor User Interface Improvements – It’s now clearer that UpRight automatically creates directories and buckets if they don’t already exist.
  • Bug Fix – UpRight now handles period (‘.’) characters in Amazon S3 bucket names.

You can visit the UpRight page to find out more about UpRight, and visit the Online Store to buy UpRight 1.2.1.

New nVidia GT200 (NV60) Graphics Card

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

TG Daily has a writeup with details on nVidia’s next generation GT200 video card.