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Help me pick software!
I'm taking part in a Usability Study with Microsoft this Friday, and in return I get my pick of the following software titles. I'm not that familiar with some of them, and I'd like advice on which to get. Of course, I'd like to get them more expensive ones... but I really want something I might use.

Of course, I could get an expensive one, and sell it on eBay...

My choices are:


All software products are available on CD only, unless otherwise noted. For more information on the products visit http://www.microsoft.com/products/

FrontPage 2003 - $199.00 (I already have this)
Virtual PC 2004 - $129.00

Digital Image Suite 10 - $100.00 (I have Digital Image Suite 9, so I really don't need this)
MapPoint 2004 - $249.00
Money Small Business 2005 - $90.00 (I really don't use this, and would probably use Quicken instead)
Office Professional 2003 - $499.00 (I have MS Office for Students/Teachers, really all I need)
Project Standard 2003- $599.00
Publisher 2003 w/ Digital Imaging - $209.00
Streets & Trips 2005 - $40.00
Visio Professional 2003 - $499.00
Works Suite 2005 - $100.00

Windows XP Home - $99.00
Windows XP Pro w/SP - $259.00 (I already have this)

Encarta Reference Library 2005 - DVD - $70.00
Encarta Reference Library 2005 - CD - $70.00

Office 2004 Pro - $499.00
Virtual PC for Mac 7.0 - $249.00

Age of Empires II: Gold Edition (Teen) - $30.00
Age of Mythology: Gold (Teen) - $30.00
Combat Flight Simulator 3 (Everyone) - $30.00
Dungeon Siege (Mature) - $20.00
Flight Simulator 2004 (Everyone) - $55.00
Halo (Mature) - $50.00
Links 2003 (Everyone) - $20.00
RalliSport Challenge (Everyone) - $20.00
Rise of Nations: Gold (Teen) - $30.00
Zoo Tycoon 2 - $30.00

Counter-Strike (Mature) - $30.00
Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge (Teen)- $30.00
Fable (Mature) - $50.00
Halo (Mature) - $30.00
Halo 2 (Mature) - $50.00
Mech Assault 2 (Mature) - $50.00

Digital Media Pro Keyboard - $30.00
Natural Keyboard Elite - $45.00
Wireless Notebook Mouse - $40.00
Wireless Intelimouse Explorer - $55.00

For complete list please visit http://www.microsoft.com/mspress/

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slashpile From: slashpile Date: October 19th, 2005 03:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Why would anyone pick a $30 keyboard over a $500 piece of software?

If there's something you'd have fun with, or might like to try, but would never buy for yourself, go for it. Otherwise, get and sell the Visio.

Do not get Encarta (hello, internet). Do you have a mac? Would you use Virtual PC? I know people who like it, but it's pretty access-the-office, workaholic-y.

Can you keep using Student/Teacher Office, or will you eventually have to upgrade? In which case it might be worth upgrading for free.

I'm sure you'll do just fine picking the pretty, pretty prezzie :)
bliss_ From: bliss_ Date: October 19th, 2005 01:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like a good plan!!

What is Visio? Thanks!
rae_1985 From: rae_1985 Date: October 19th, 2005 03:59 am (UTC) (Link)
My boyfriend swears by streets and trips. He uses it all the time to get directions for people. Not very expensive though. Sell something expensive on Ebay and then use your winnings to buy streets and trips. :D
on_the_ground From: on_the_ground Date: October 22nd, 2005 02:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

OT question


I'm wondering, you have any idea about a change in teh Pron community?? cause by chance I just realize now it says it's by invitation only :( and they defriended me lol.. you know why? who has to invite me?

Thanks for the help!
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: October 23rd, 2005 05:58 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: OT question

They did! I haven't been there in a while, but I'll ask for you.
on_the_ground From: on_the_ground Date: October 24th, 2005 12:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: OT question

Thanks so much.. I really appreciate it 'cuase it was very difficult to get in and I liked the place and people there. I think it could be cause I didn't post feedback but the reason is that I don't have internet at home and when I see the posts is usually days/weeks later.. and well, I hoped to able to reply in the future... or post but not everybody is allowed to post there anyway.. :)
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: October 24th, 2005 05:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: OT question

I checked - was told you needed to ask Nadine, the head of the group. She's simplybeing. You might want to post a question about it to her personal LJ, since she's the one in charge of letting people in or out.
on_the_ground From: on_the_ground Date: October 25th, 2005 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: OT question

Ok.. I will.. must say that honestly, it wasn't easy at all the first time so I'm a little .. you know.. anyway, I'll see.. thanks.. :)
waygroovy From: waygroovy Date: October 28th, 2005 02:38 am (UTC) (Link)

gratuity list

your list is much longer than mine!
but i get 2 picks, then again, my testing is supposed to last 8 hours. they said that they'll provide a lunch, but im skeptic at how the lunch will be.

btw, i found your lj by googling "microsoft usability gratuity list"
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: October 28th, 2005 04:51 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: gratuity list

When you get there and complete the study, they will give you a sheet that you can take to the Usability Gratuity Center. They had everything listed on my list, and a few more things - so maybe you'll be surprised?

8 hours? I hope it's interesting & fun. They asked me a lot of music questions, but I ended up just looking at pictures and then doing a variety of exercises. Took about... 15-20 minutes, and I asked for the Office Professional 2003 - which should be shipping, as it was 6-8 weeks back-order.

Make sure to get your money's worth! But they say if you get more then $599 in stuff, you may have to declare it and pay for it on your income taxes, so be careful if that matters to you.

And smart way to find out more info! I didn't try google!
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