I was looking at BetaNews, and saw that a new update of RealPlayer for Windows was now available. It is version 11.1.3 build 6.0.14.955. Should they not add some transcendental number to the end of that designator, to make sure that no one can easily talk about it?

Helix Powered RealPlayer is the all-in-one digital media player that lets you find anything and play everything. Now also includes an option during setup to install the Real Toolbar for Internet Explorer.

Oh, joy! Another toolbar. I was visiting a site the other day, and saw where the author had installed about 15 toolbars and then taken a screen shot, to show how ridiculous this can be.

That being said, and laughed about, I stopped using the RealPlayer a long time ago. I really am not sure, but I think it was somewhere around revision level 6. I do know that it was back when I was using Windows 98SE, so it could not have been anytime this century.

I stopped using it because of the advice of someone I respected at the time, though I can’t remember who it was. The player was supposed to have been easily exploitable, and that was all I needed to hear, after my own experiences with it causing my otherwise solid installation to crash (those who don’t remember so well… before the advent of NTFS usage, a crash the likes of which RealPlayer caused was not simply something you rebooted to recover from – there was some housekeeping and cleaning to be done before things were good again).

So…I have not seen or heard about it for quite some time, good or bad. Does it work well? Is it still easily exploited? The few reviews at BetaNews are mostly from the same 4-7 people who either laud or rag on just about everything, so no help is coming from there.

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Today is Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Today in
Television History

1956 – Elvis appeared on “The Steve Allen Show.” He was told not to dance and Allen had him sing “Hound Dog” to a real basset hound wearing tails.

1934 – The Federal Communications Commission replaced the Federal Radio Commission as the regulator of broadcasting in the United States.

1941 – Bulova Watch Company sponsored the first TV commercial in New York City, NY.

1972 – Michael Jackson appeared solo on “American Bandstand” to mime his hits “Ben” and “Rockin’ Robin.”

1981 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that candidates for federal office had an “affirmative right” to go on national television.

1991 – Court TV began airing.

How many remember American Bandstand? It was what Dick Clark became famous for. A television show that featured live musical acts, teenage dancers, and happened for the first time long before anyone ever heard the name MTV.


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