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It’s a Toaster

I had to install WinZip the other day, having the need to unlock a .RAR file. There’s no native support in Windows for those, and I turned to Winzip. I posted a note on Twitter and got suggestions from people for WinRAR and 7-Zip, but this is one of those areas where I don’t think it matters. Or as my business partner says

“It’s a toaster”

I know there are all kinds of toasters, some fancy ones, some cheap ones, but for the most part they’re a generic. I don’t know many people that spend more than 10 seconds thinking about what type of toaster to buy. They just buy one.

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Posted by Jerry Hung on 27 January 2010

7-zip is freeware

WinRAR and WinZip aren't

I like WinRAR a lot better though, just b/c I'm used to it

Posted by Steve Jones on 27 January 2010

The freeware thing doesn't bother me. I realize that buying every utility costs something, and not everyone can afford it. I think it's an investment in my career, and I see value in paying for something that works well for me.

Posted by jcrawf02 on 27 January 2010

so... do I feel bad that I thought long and hard about which toaster to buy and ended up with a toaster oven?

Posted by Jason Brimhall on 27 January 2010

I prefer Winrar over winzip.  I have some friends that prefer the freeware stuff.  When compressing files up to a certain size, I find that winrar has outperformed winzip.  That could be different now with different versions.

Then again, don't people have more than 1 toaster?

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