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September 8th, 2008

Cruddy Old Apps: RealPlayer

Last week I took it upon myself to clean out the Applications folder on my computer’s hard drive. I mostly had some old cruddy things like trial versions of software, stuff I used once and never again, and so on. And then I spotted a doozy: RealPlayer.


I couldn’t remember the last time I had used it. Almost everything of consequence on the web seems to be in Flash, QuickTime, or Windows Media anymore. Maybe I had used it to download something from Rhapsody, or a Rhapsody install brought it along for the ride. Either way it definitely took me back to the days when Real was the standard for video on the web.

And now, I’m able to delete it without any grief.

I also got rid of Audio Hijack – something I even paid for. I never use it anymore. Until podcasts were available for some of my favorite public radio shows I was using Audio Hijack to record the stream off of my public radio station’s website. It worked, sometimes. But again here’s something that got outpaced by the technology. Good show.

Got any crud on your hard drive?

Posted in Consumer Commentary

Ryan September 8, 2008, 2:07 pm

Tons of crud on my home machine, especially since I tend to port over all files/apps when I move to a new hard drive or system. I’m always paring down.

With regards to Real, Paul, admit it… you just refuse to pay for software.

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