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The goons of Something Awful's Serious Hardware/Software Crap subforum operate an informative website with lots of useful articles, including guides to data recovery and mostly free bits of useful Windows software.
posted by Pope Guilty (13 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

 
Looks like it hasn't been updated in a while. For instance, ZoomPlayer isn't free anymore.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 10:25 PM on October 1, 2010


Yeah, the site is about 5 years old now.
posted by shii at 11:55 PM on October 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


Something Awful soaks up about 75% of my internet time. There's almost something going on in every forum worthy of clicking and reading.
posted by QuarterlyProphet at 12:06 AM on October 2, 2010


Yeah, and it refers to the Core 2 Duo as the best processor available. Tech info can be pretty misleading if it's out of date badly enough.
posted by Mitrovarr at 12:25 AM on October 2, 2010


Thanks to randomly finding this site on the google a little while ago, I now own some astonishingly good £10 headphones. Hurrah!
posted by ArmyOfKittens at 1:53 AM on October 2, 2010


Yeah, three, four years ago the SHSC wiki was still useful. Not so much these days, though.

Pretty much the same story as the SA Forums themselves, plus a couple years.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 2:45 AM on October 2, 2010


Sorry, that was the kind of comic-book-guy-esque dismissal that I usually hate because it's the default attitude of the internet-at-large.

But I really am sad about how SA has gone from one of the greatest and most hilarious forums on the internet to hang around in, back in the glory days of 2001-2004, say, to what it is today, which is, at best: occasionally mildly interesting, if you have the patience to wade through the knee-deep streams of liquid stupid.

Some of the subforums are occasionally useful or amusing, sometimes some of the mad creativity and hilarity of old erupts, but it's pretty much a sad revenue-mill these days, running on the legend more than the reality. Bummer, man.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 2:57 AM on October 2, 2010


I noticed that the list of software was a little out of date, especially in the anti-virus section, since it didn't mention Microsoft Security Essentials -- though I wondered if that was a philosophical omission rather than an issue of being dated.

So, does anyone know of similar list that's better maintained?
posted by crunchland at 4:25 AM on October 2, 2010


crunchland, yeah, I was gonna say the MSSECES stuff was missing, and MBAM (which is another great one) In fact, I think spybot's had it's day, I haven't had much luck with it from preventing shit at times, which is why I switched, but even that hasn't fully helped. There's some new breeds of shit that seems extra tough. Maybe I just need noscript. Sigh. I hate that thing.
posted by symbioid at 8:05 AM on October 2, 2010


But I really am sad about how SA has gone from one of the greatest and most hilarious forums on the internet to hang around in, back in the glory days of 2001-2004, say, to what it is today, which is, at best: occasionally mildly interesting, if you have the patience to wade through the knee-deep streams of liquid stupid.

4chan was founded in 2003.
posted by Pope Guilty at 10:02 AM on October 2, 2010


See, I sometimes wish I'd known about SA back when it was cool. I never find myself wishing I'd spent any more time on 4chan during any era. Either the SA myth has gotten way overblown, or that was a real lose/lose development.
posted by nebulawindphone at 12:38 PM on October 2, 2010


I think we might just be getting older, stavros.
posted by ODiV at 5:35 PM on October 2, 2010


symbioid: Don't hate noscript; hate what makes noscript necessary.

Of course, noscript should be default behavior of all browsers, but also, browsers ought to be able to optionally use all kinds formats and languages. I should be king be able to ride a different pony to my waffle room every day...
posted by wobh at 9:34 AM on October 3, 2010


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