Yep, still here.
Yes, I have read most of the posts. Entertaining. I figured I'd get some responses but not so many. Thanks to those who defended me from the pike of the "observer."
It does look like something is happening to OD and I'm glad. I didn't like impulse and didn't like it even more when GameStop showed up. They aren't a favorite of mine anyway nor is any big corporation. So, I'm glad that's gone. That's also why I referred to Impulse as a scam. After all, I wanted OD and nothing else pushed on me. The sale itself is not a scam though so I hope stardock can gain from that and develop more new neato programs and modify what they have. By the way, when I was programming regularly, I loved their plain text editing program.
Anyway, I still use the programs! They do make the desktop nicer though in the transfer over to a new computer that nice animated Dragon theme disappeared. I wish I still had it. Very good skin that. But I did stop paying for the updates so, of course, I don't deserve them. That is the capitalist way, when it works, and I agree with it.
I will be waiting to see what nice programs pop up and hopefully can either renew or purchase again the full Object Desktop. Honestly, instead of 34 or so dollars, I'd be willing to part with $50 for the pleasure of supporting good programming. I know that's not much but neither does my job pay that much these days after many years of level funding (even with promotions). I will want to put it on my home computer and maybe my work one, which it's still on, but I'll let the licensing decide that. I am very protective of programmer's rights not to have their stuff stolen, being one, at least a one point, before becoming more sys admin.
Someone asked about the old links I referred to. They are the ones in the "Recent Community Posts" and "News" section of http://www.stardock.com/products/odnt/. Being an off and on webmaster, I can appreciate when something gets missed but that does look bad to have the "recent" stuff listed as 2009 on the first page after the click.
Again, thanks for the offers of help and I will keep an eye on things because I really do want to get the package again. But I will wait and see.
There! See, Smeagol was reasonable and not that snide, though I did have to calm down after Jafo's posts who I seem to have ticked off. By the way, I love the Blue Thunder reference.
Hopefully, I will be repurchasing O.D. in the near future. Oh, and by all means, let the XP support go. I use Win 7 and only XP to run my son's FunKeys. Win7 is my mainstay and will be unless I (continue to) fall in love with Linux. As a sys admin, I have to use linux, os/x and win 7 and still xp but can't wait 'til I don't have to.