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Install Remote Desktop Connection 2 via drag-and-drop
Authored by: corienti on Oct 22, '08 01:47:37PM

Indeed, I did this with RDC 2.
You can also do it with many other apps. I do it with many apps from semi-questionable developers - prime examples being Microsoft and Stuffit.

This is because I like to know exactly what's getting put on my machine. I don't want microsoft's autoupdate stuff installed nor running; I don't trust what it might report back to microsoft. I manually find it and delete it if it's present.

Similarly with Stuffit Expander. It also "requires" you to run the installer, but I dug into the package and grabbed the app by itself.
Stuffit make you give them an email address to download it, and I don't want them having my address, not for any reason and definitely not to spam me - so I use a throwaway address to download it. And as a result of forcing you to provide an email, I don't trust them in the slightest.

(note, naturally I also completely block outbound connection attempts from these apps as well).

So you can always check if you can install via this method, if you want to.
For apps from questionable sources that have their own custom installer where you can't use this technique, you can always use a spare sandbox machine to install it on and then copy the app over. And the sandbox "machine" can simply be a different boot device on your regular machine.



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