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Gene E. Bloch

My experience with magazine reviews of AV software is that every AV
program is ranked in first place by *some* magazine *somewhere*, and
conversely, every AV program is ranked in last place by *some* magazine
*somewhere*. Usually not by the same magazine, at least :)

I exaggerate, but only a little. Anyway, it ends up being very
discouraging to try to make a decision.
 
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Juan Wei

Gene E. Bloch has written on 9/9/2013 8:48 PM:
My experience with magazine reviews of AV software is that every AV
program is ranked in first place by *some* magazine *somewhere*, and
conversely, every AV program is ranked in last place by *some* magazine
*somewhere*. Usually not by the same magazine, at least :)

I exaggerate, but only a little. Anyway, it ends up being very
discouraging to try to make a decision.
I know. It's especially difficult if you don't actually read the article
and find out the strengths and weaknesses of the program being
evaluated. :)
 
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Ken Blake

My experience with magazine reviews of AV software is that every AV
program is ranked in first place by *some* magazine *somewhere*, and
conversely, every AV program is ranked in last place by *some* magazine
*somewhere*. Usually not by the same magazine, at least :)

I'll be even stronger than you. I very much distrust magazine reviews.
Magazines make most of their money from advertisers, so I assume that
the more some company advertises, the better its reviews are.

Also I used to have a young woman working for me whose previous job
had been for a PC magazine (PC Review, I think, but it's been long ago
enough that I'm not sure). She didn't write reviews all by herself,
but she helped to write them. She had some strengths, but knowledge of
PCs wasn't one of them. She couldn't even spell PC.
 
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Gene E. Bloch

Gene E. Bloch has written on 9/9/2013 8:48 PM:

I know. It's especially difficult if you don't actually read the article
and find out the strengths and weaknesses of the program being
evaluated. :)
Au contraire. Totalmente au contraire.

1. Within a review, the comments about the products often are strikingly
inconsistent with the grades or rankings given to the respective
products.

2. The strengths and weaknesses of a product in one review are
characterized totally differently (or inconsistently) in the next review
of it.

The more carefully one reads, the less consistency one finds.
 
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Gene E. Bloch

I'll be even stronger than you. I very much distrust magazine reviews.
Magazines make most of their money from advertisers, so I assume that
the more some company advertises, the better its reviews are.

Also I used to have a young woman working for me whose previous job
had been for a PC magazine (PC Review, I think, but it's been long ago
enough that I'm not sure). She didn't write reviews all by herself,
but she helped to write them. She had some strengths, but knowledge of
PCs wasn't one of them. She couldn't even spell PC.
Luckily she (apparently) had an editor who could spell that :)

Unfortunately, even if one optimistically ascribes a degree of honesty
to the reviewers, one[1] must question their perception and
understanding - or at least their spelling abilities.

[1] *This* one, anyway :)
 
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Stan Brown

My experience with magazine reviews of AV software is that every AV
program is ranked in first place by *some* magazine *somewhere*, and
conversely, every AV program is ranked in last place by *some* magazine
*somewhere*. Usually not by the same magazine, at least :)

I exaggerate, but only a little. Anyway, it ends up being very
discouraging to try to make a decision.
" 'You speak for me also,' said Galdor of the Havens."

(I just get tired of typing "+1".)

Seriously -- when I dumped AVG the sheer mass of alternatives and
contradictory reviews was daunting.
 
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Ken1943

I found the best way to find out info on any program is to check their
forums. The bitching can tell plenty !!!!


KenW
 
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Monty

Unfortunately, even if one optimistically ascribes a degree of honesty
to the reviewers, one[1] must question their perception and
understanding - or at least their spelling abilities.
Maybe she uses a spell checker like this one


The Spell Checker Is Always Right

Eye halve a spelling chequer
It came with my pea sea
It plainly marques for my revue
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.

Eye strike a key and type a word
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am wrong oar write
It shows me strait a weigh.

As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee fore two long
And eye can put the error rite
Its rare lea ever rung.

Eye have this poem threw it
I am shore your pleased two no
Its letter perfect awl the weigh
My chequer tolled me sow.
 
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Wildman

My experience with magazine reviews of AV software is that every AV
program is ranked in first place by *some* magazine *somewhere*, and
conversely, every AV program is ranked in last place by *some* magazine
*somewhere*. Usually not by the same magazine, at least :)

I exaggerate, but only a little. Anyway, it ends up being very
discouraging to try to make a decision.
That reminds me of car insurance... every company is
cheaper than every other company.
 
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Ken1943

I have been running Outpost Security Suit for years. I keep an ear on
their forums. The only complaints are that it has trouble running on some
machines. No surprise. Never anything about a virus.


KenW
 
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Ken Blake

" 'You speak for me also,' said Galdor of the Havens."

(I just get tired of typing "+1".)

I never type "+1" because I don't really understand it. I know what
it's supposed to mean, but I don't know why or where it came from.
Does it simply mean "one more person who agrees with you" or is it
something more complicated? Can you (or anyone else here) help?
 
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Juan Wei

Gene E. Bloch has written on 9/9/2013 9:32 PM:
Au contraire. Totalmente au contraire.

1. Within a review, the comments about the products often are strikingly
inconsistent with the grades or rankings given to the respective
products.

2. The strengths and weaknesses of a product in one review are
characterized totally differently (or inconsistently) in the next review
of it.

The more carefully one reads, the less consistency one finds.
You're going to have to tell us what you read and where.
 
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Juan Wei

Ken Blake has written on 9/9/2013 8:59 PM:
I'll be even stronger than you. I very much distrust magazine reviews.
Magazines make most of their money from advertisers, so I assume that
the more some company advertises, the better its reviews are.
At the expense of other advertisers? If a magazine did that
consistently, it would lose all its advertisers save one in each category.
 
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Gene E. Bloch

Au contraire. Totalmente au contraire.
This morning, as I was eating breakfast, reading Sky & Telescope, with
half an ear to the Mozart g-minor symphony coming over the FM, I
realized I had misspelled the adverb above.

I got the right letters, just not in the right places.

Should have been "totalement".

How's that for OCD?
 
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Ed Cryer

Gene said:
This morning, as I was eating breakfast, reading Sky & Telescope, with
half an ear to the Mozart g-minor symphony coming over the FM, I
realized I had misspelled the adverb above.

I got the right letters, just not in the right places.

Should have been "totalement".

How's that for OCD?
I congratulate you for excellent multi-tasking.

BTW I thought that was what you were doing with the original sentence;
half Castilian, half French.

Ed
 
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