Google recently renamed the program: It used to be called "Google Grants" and you would get all the benefits at once. It appears that you now need to request each one only if you plan to use it.
The full email:
To our Dyn free hostname users:
For the last 15 years, all of us at Dyn have taken pride in offering you and millions of others a free version of our Dynamic DNS Pro product. What was originally a product built for a small group of users has blossomed into an exciting technology used around the world.
That is why with mixed emotions we are notifying you that in 30 days, we will be ending our free hostname program. This change in the business will allow us to invest in our customer support teams, Internet infrastructure, and platform security so that we can continue to strive to deliver an exceptional customer experience for our paying customers.
We would like to invite you to upgrade to VIP status for less than $20 — a 25% discount good for any package of Remote Access (formerly DynDNS Pro). By doing so, you'll have access to customer support, additional hostnames, and more.
Here's how you get this done in two easy steps:
— Login to account.dyn.com.
— Click here to add Remote Access to your cart at the 25% off VIP rate. The discount will be applied upon checkout.
We thank you for your usage of Dyn through the years, and hope to continue to support you through Dyn Remote Access or other products for years to come. Visit our FAQ page or this blog post for more information.
Is this a signal that Microsoft decided that they need to compete with Apple by making their productivity applications free?"
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If you want to use one of the "free as in speech" Git platforms, by all means, just do. But if you want a GUI, bug tracker, wiki, web hosting, etc. that cost a significant amount of money to develop - yet whose use is given away for free, use GitHub.
The winsxs folder grows exponentially, and since everything depends on everything else, deleting from that folder causes all kinds of problems.
Sort of no longer true (as of SP1): http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2795190
On my primary Windows 7 computer, it is down to 10.5GB.
RFC 6844 has a proposed DNS type for verifying the proper certificate was served (requires DNSSEC to make sure the DNS was not tampered with).
I wanted to have one idiom for every letter, but I got tired of it.