Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Kurt the Student

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Kurt, you recently contacted Sales, but you didn’t supply a valid email address. Let me know your email address and I’ll be happy to give you a free DeskSpace license :)

DeskSpace Released

Friday, March 4th, 2011

DeskSpace has been released. This version includes the following changes and bug fixes:

  • Bug Fix – Fixed a bug when opening the Otaku Software forums from the DeskSpace system tray “Visit Community Forums Online” menu item.
  • Bug Fix – Fixed a bug in the Manage Desktop Backgrounds dialog where DeskSpace would display incorrect preview images for the “Fit” and “Fill” background types.
  • Bug Fix – Fixed a bug where extra Windows Media Player windows would appear in the DeskSpace system tray menu after the Windows Media Player window was resized.

You can visit the DeskSpace page to find out more about DeskSpace, visit the Online Store to buy DeskSpace, and visit the Help page to upgrade to DeskSpace

Beware “Personal Security” Scam Site

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

In recent days we’ve become aware of a software website selling “Personal Security Software” and claiming to be associated with Otaku Software.

The site, “” is in no way related to Otaku Software or

Under no circumstances should you supply the “” site with any personal information, especially your credit card number. Scam Site

If you’re unlucky enough to fall victim to this scam, you’ll see a charge on your credit card bill from “” for $79.90, and you’ll be sent a software file named “setup_40s1.exe”.

Do not install “setup_40s1.exe”, as the file contains viruses, malware, and spyware.

The site “” is registered through, a notorious domain name registry frequently used by scammers. The domain is registered to one Henry Nguyen Gong, a well known purveyor of malware.

While “Henry” is probably just an alias used by a crime syndicate, I’ll post “his” contact details for posterity:

Henry Nguyen Gong
Phone: +33.0466583875
Fax: +33.0466583875
Address: Rue la produit 34, Nimes Languedoc-Roussillon 30189,

Please be aware that “Henry” isn’t just using, he perpetrates the same scam using a number of different websites. If you’re looking for anti-virus software, I’d recommend a well know free solution such as AVG or Microsoft Security Essentials instead of some unknown software.

As I said before, this is most probably the work of a criminal organization, so they’ll try to use your card again in the future. Initiating a chargeback on this first fradulent charge will not be enough to protect you.

If you have fallen victim to this scam then I strongly recommend that you cancel your credit card immediately.

I’m extremely disappointed that these scammers have chosen to use our name and reputation in order to steal from people, and I’ll be taking whatever steps I can to remedy this situation.

Tom’s Hardware Graphics Card Roundup

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

While we pride ourselves on ensuring TopDesk and DeskSpace run on older video cards, a new video card can sometimes make a world of difference (especially if you want to take advantage of the new features in Windows 7).

If you’re in the market for a new video card, Tom’s hardware has compiled a list of the current best value-for-money graphics cards that’s well worth checking out.

Otaku Software Expands Into Asia

Monday, September 28th, 2009

We’ve been sitting on this news for quite some time, but with the release of DeskSpace 1.5.6 it’s finally time to announce that we’ve opened an office in Penang, Malaysia. Why Penang? Well…

Batu Ferringhi Beach, Penang.

On a more serious note, Penang is known as the Silicon Valley of the East and is home to companies such as Dell, Intel, AMD, and Motorola. With fantastic Government support for information technology and world-class universities, it’s the perfect place to grow our company.

Multimedia Super Corridor, Penang.

What does this mean for Otaku Software? Firstly, we’re using Penang as our Asian sales base, helping us to forge stronger ties with software and hardware companies in the region. Secondly, our products are also being partly developed in Penang. With more more hands on the job we can deliver better quality software, on a much faster schedule.

I’m proud to announce that DeskSpace 1.5.6 is the first of our products to be fully developed by Otaku Software Malaysia, and is an example of the level of quality and polish we’ll be bringing to all our future releases.

More Twitter

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

If you’d like to keep up to date with the latest Otaku Software news or if you’d just like to talk to us, you can now follow Otaku Software on Twitter at @otakusoftware.

As always, you can also follow me personally at @otaku_jstewart.

Upgraded Forums

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

The Otaku Software forums have been upgraded to phpBB 3. We’d been using phpBB 2 since 2004, and while it continued to perform admirably, it was starting to get a little bit long in the tooth.

The new forums have, amongst other things, better support for uploading images, a more modern look, and much better security.

We hope you enjoy using the new forums, and as always, please let us know if you experience any problems.

Attention Carlos – You’ve Given Us An Invalid Email Address

Friday, May 15th, 2009

I don’t usually do this, but in this case we’re out of options, and I don’t want to leave one of our customers hanging…

One of our customers has incorrectly entered their email address on the order form and they are continuing to contact us using the same invalid email address. We’ve tried everything we can to get in touch with them, but have so far been unsuccessful.

So, Carlos, if you’re reading this, the Yahoo! mail address you entered when you ordered and when you tried to contact us doesn’t exist. I’d love to send you your download details, so please contact us via this blog, the forums, or the Customer Service contact form and let us know a valid email address we can send your order details to.

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.

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.