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0.9.0 Alpha Build 5 (Jan 21, 2010)
Blaxima: I have the utmost admiration for someone who is willing to admit in public that they're not smart enough to understand what another person is saying. To make it simpler for you, however: the release schedule is irrelevant to the quality of the software, and shouldn't factor into the grade, particularly if you don't appreciate why such a schedule was adopted. For that matter, the quality and maintenance of third-party plugins are equally irrelevant: when you use a program with a plugin design of this nature you do so (or at least should do so) full in the knowledge that contributions by third parties are extensions, not key components. Blaming Miranda for something that is beyond its control is like blaming your car because the road has potholes.
Miranda at its CORE is extremely stable and highly customisable with minimal hassle, and while it's not quite so small as it once was it remains the best of the bunch.
1.0 (Aug 10, 2009)
It's a shame that some people, by which I mean dhry, are apparently incapable of conceiving that download size does not equal actual size; anyone who had actually tried the app would have easily been able to determine that the download includes the entire VC redistributable, weighing in at some 4MB in size, and that Rainmeter itself itself is actually only just over 400k for the .exe and library (the remainder of the download is themes and addons). The only reasonable conclusion is that those users have not in fact bothered to try the tool and are just mouthing off because it's not their preferred tool. That's a shame, because while TRM is a handy little tool if all you want is a brief summary of system information, Rainmeter is far, far more flexible in what it can achieve, effectively providing a small but powerful widget engine. I'd like to see TRM display your torrent downloads on the desktop - it seems some users can't understand the convenience of this - or the weather (for which a 4MB+ download is apparently a-okay, mark you), or a planetarium, or live global event updates. Oh, and it can give you system info, if that's all you want.
Be that as it may, however, for an app that's been moribund for so long the new updates are incremental only; as Zen points out, much has changed in the meantime, and Rainmeter needs to step up and address those changes, otherwise it's never going to be anything more than a polished relic.
0.9.0 Alpha Build 1 (Aug 4, 2009)
"Giving something a good or poor rating based solely on your preference towards a piece of software rather then the release in question is just foolish."
Rather like using a rating criteria that has nothing at all to do with the actual software, you mean? Really, if actually being able to differentiate between a beta and an RC, and why that makes a difference, is the definition of misinformed, then colour me donkey any day of the week, twice on weekends.
The developers have included a 64-bit version with the newest cycle. I can't say I'm convinced that it's really needed, but if nothing else it'll put a stop to the endless requests on the forum. There have been some teething issues, though, so no doubt another beta will be along soon, much to the chagrin of the unwashed BN masses.
0.8.1 (Jun 27, 2009)
I know what I'll do, I'll sign up to a site about beta releases and then complain when I get updates on beta and candidate releases because I know nothing about development cycles. Yes, that won't make me look foolish in the slightest.
Miranda still does the job better than its competitors. The steps that have been taken thus far to attempt to improve on its user-friendliness have not been wholly successful, but on the whole it's still Smaller (well, relative to the alternatives) and Faster. There aren't many apps out there that pack so much into a 1.5MB download.
0.8.1 (Jan 22, 2003 - 2:50 PM)
And it's even more reasonable to say that anyone putting this sort of encoding on their CD automatically makes it a top-priority target for just this sort of thing. People will do it for no other reason than to p*ss the companies off for trying it.
0.8.1 (Mar 15, 2002 - 9:00 AM)
And the moral of this story is: if you write compatible code in the first place then you're not set up for a fall later on.
0.8.1 (Aug 23, 2000 - 2:09 AM)
I think you just underlined exactly why K-Meleon is a better choice than the rest of 'em. If I want an e-mail client or html editor I'll use an e-mail client or html editor.