• Here are some more:

    Enterprise – …we can charge twice the price for extra 1% of functionality.
    Sme mssing vwls – …we also want to sound like Flickr.
    SATOWKHTD – …some abreviation that only we know how to decipher.

  • @Alek Davis

    Good catch with enterprise. I wanted to include web20ish naming but it was hard to generalize and fit with rest of list.

    Thanks for input! I am thinking should I add it to post (with full credit and link love of course), will decide later (depending how comments go). :)

  • Feel free to add it to the post, just fix the typos (“abreviation”: I noticed after hitting the Submit button). Don’t worry about credit and linking.

  • BTW, “Portable” often means: “we would’ve given you an installer if we know how to write one.”

  • @Alek Davis

    I am not big fan of installers. My favorite is portable executable that offers to “install” (shortcuts, placement of configuration files) on first run. It’s a pity very few apps work this way.

  • But you would still need to remove the shortcuts, configuration files, etc by hand once you “uninstall” the app. I try lots of software (most of which I end up not using), and having all of this leftover crap around my file system is a pain. I would rather have installer create shortcuts, configuration files, etc and uninstaller have them removed instead of doing this manually (and how in the world would I know where the files are, since many of them do not follow a standard convention: some create files in AppData folder, others in the program folder, etc). I wish apps offered two options (and some do): portable version and a version with installer.

  • @Alek Davis

    As for me killing folder with portable executable and configuration files is simpler than uninstall (I do not use shortcuts).

    It too true about configuration files all over drive after install (and who said unsinstall would bother with them at all) that’s exactly why portable rocks – it is contained.

    By the way portable executable with install routine I described above could easily contain uninstall routine as well.

    Overall I am trying to say that it is possible to make portable act as installable but impossible to make installable act as portable.

  • szekelya

    NoSpacesButAllWordsCapitalized – looks trendy
    Randomname2 – pity you missed the first one, but this is tad better
    Whatever! – if yahoo got away with the exclamation mark…

  • @szekelya

    I think no spaces is more practical than trendy. Maybe I just have more trust in filenames without spaces, looks better in download links as well.

    Randomname2 – you mean some that start from versioninng from two? :) Yeah, that is so weird.

    I considered exclamation mark but luckily it is quite rare. On other hand also quite lame.

    Thanks for your input and glad to see you commenting again. :)

  • szekelya

    I mean if the binary is called MyApplicationSolvingAllYourComputingNeeds.exe without spaces, that’s fine. Could be even better with lowercase characters. But I’m not sure I’m happy with “MyPhoneExplorer” or “InfraRecorder” in my startmenu without the spaces. (The applications themselves are terrific.) Either without capitalization or with spaces between the words, while their exe can be without spaces.

  • @szekelya

    I have noticed that if official name has spaces but official download doesn’t – it confuses people all the time. Instead of single consistent naming there is suddenly
    – with-spaces
    – without-spaces
    – based-on-without-spaces-with-creatively-added-spaces

    I guess it’s more about sticking with single variant than about spaces.

    And again – I don’t use shortcuts or start menu, more of executables person. :)

  • Rarst,

    Very nice article… Took some time to put that list together and “how true this is”… Great Post!


  • @Rick

    Thanks. :) Actually I intended to do short one like ~10 but once I started typing them out it escalated.

    I do not do humor posts often so they are nice change of pace, heh.

  • Panos

    I believe you should reconsider your RC definition as OpenOffice set a new record here — RC10 and going. I wonder if they’ll go for a Guinness.

  • @Panos

    OpenOffice seems to be in tough spot at moment with LibreOffice appealing against “big evil Oracle”. I wonder how will it play out over next couple of years.

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