I guess the residents are still sensitive after their free fireworks were cancelled this year  - and now a small tree! What is this country coming to!
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That's a reasonably good point. But just replace the idea that all of these things which you describe due to connectivity/dev_action could be programmed as random events in your offline galaxy - these things should all happen if you are modelling a realistic world... The Elite galaxy should not be 'Static' it should evolve and develop over time - and instead of having to program this in advance, Frontier have chosen to use connectivity of the modern Internet to develop it over real-time. And it will be be a much better game because of that.
Surprised you didn't mention Paint.net and Irfanview - 2 of the best photo tools available for Windows.
Paint.net has almost all the features you are likely to need from Photoshop and is totally free.
Irfanview provides a slick interface to paging through masses of photos.