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ClifNotesNewsletter050123

Clif Notes Newsletter     January 23, 2005    Freeware, why settle for less, or pay for more?
Reviews

 Security HostMan 1.2 - easily manage your hosts file
Here's a slick little program that makes working with your Windows HOSTS file easier. What is a HOSTS file?

Website - Freeware

Quote from the Calendar of Updates forum -
Features:
- enable/disable usage of hosts file;
- open Hosts file with one click;
- prevent other programs of writing to the hosts;
- scan hosts for errors;
- easily replace all 127.0.0.1 with 0.0.0.0 (and vice-versa);
- find how many host names;
- easily install newly downloaded hosts file;
- create encrypted backups of your hosts file;
- scan hosts for duplicates;

 System Itty Bitty Process Manager - view and show others running processes on your pc
Many of you might be familiar with using CTRL-ALT-DEL to bring up the Windows Task Manager so you can see what programs are running on your PC. This program does the same thing but it also allows you to copy the list of running programs into the Windows Clipboard or save it to a text file. That makes it easy for you to show others what you have running. You can just copy and paste the list into a chat room, a forum, a blog, or an email.
Website - Freeware
Quote from the website - Itty Bitty Process Manager (IBProcMan): A standalone version of the little process manager included in HijackThis (Misc Tools section). Shows full paths to processes, optionally shows DLLs loaded by processes. Can save the process list (and dll list) to file, as well as copy it to the clipboard. Compatible with at least Windows 98, 98SE, ME, 2000, XP and newer.
Very useful for cleaning up systems infected with trojans or viruses that kill antivirus and antispyware programs.

 Internet Lektora - browser plugin turns IE and FF into RSS newsreader
I've been looking for a good integrated newsreader for quite awhile now and I finally found one I can work with. Now I don't have to use a separate application for RSS feeds. Once I installed Lektora, all I have to do is click the Lektora button in my browser and a few seconds later I can see all the latest news from the many websites, blogs, and newsletters I like to read. When I want to add a new feed all I have to do is click the RSS button at a website and Lektora pops up to ask me if I want to add it to my current list of feeds. I think Lektora is great. No adware, no spyware, no signup, easy to install, and doesn't seem to overtax my limited resources. Grab a copy now, once Lektora is out of beta, they'll start charging money for it.
Website - Freeware (beta) - requires IE6 or FireFox 1.0
Quote from the website - Lektora is the RSS feed aggregator that integrates seamlessly with Firefox and Internet Explorer to enable easy reading of news feeds within the web browser. Offering an intuitive user interface and highly polished aesthetic, Lektora simplifies subscribing to, reading and managing web site news feeds, without sacrificing performance.

  LyricFX - plugin for WinAmp displays song lyrics automatically
If I haven't said this before, WinAmp multimedia player is the most flexible and has the best user support of any of them. This plugin is just one example of the multitudes of plugins that allow you to make WinAmp do just what you want it to do.
Website - NO LONGER Freeware - TRIALWARE
Quote from the website - Supports text, .lrc as well as lyrics embedded in the mp3 (Lyrics3v1, Lyrics3v2 and ID3v2.x)
Automatically search several popular lyrics databases to find the lyrics
Stores downloaded lyrics for offline viewing
Accurately highlight and smoothly scrolls lyrics with timestamps
Supports Mouse Gestures
Includes a powerful lyrics editor to easily add lyrics and timestamps to your music collection
Displays a 3D accelerated visualization along with the lyrics
Contains no spyware or adware, and is free

 System Moveit - move installed applications to another hard drive
This program seems to work. I tried it out on an installed program I have. It was a program I wasn't planning on keeping, so I wasn't worried about losing it or messing it up. Moveit gave me an error message and said it couldn't move my files for me but I just skipped the error message and continued. Moveit scans all the registry looking for references to the program you want to move. It changes the registry entries so that you can run the program from the hard drive you've chosen. It took a long time for it to scan the registry. When Moveit was done I just copied the program I wanted to move to the area on the other hard drive where I wanted it to run. It's not trouble free but it did work.
Website - Freeware
Quote from the readme file - Having a lot of programs on your hard drive is a usual thing today, but someday such users certainly will face such problem as moving registered program from one place to another. It is a problem, because almost every program stores some data into registry (such as used file paths, for example), and you can't just move program folder from where it is to another location, because in 90% cases application will not run correctly anymore. So was before. Today MoveIT! will help you to solve this problem

 System PC Wizard - what's in your PC?
Nice little utility like Belarc Advisor and Everest Home Edition. This program gives you detailed reports on all the hardware and drivers in your PC. It's able to generate reports in several formats so you can send it by email or post it in help forums.
WebsiteFreeware
Quote from the website - PC WIZARD 2004 is a powerful utility designed especially for detection of hardware, but also some more analysis. It's able to identify a large scale of system components and supports the latest technologies and standards. This tool is periodically updated (usually once per month) in order to provide most accurate results. PC WIZARD 2004 is also an utility designed to analyze and benchmark your computer system. It can analyze and benchmark many kinds of hardware, such as CPU performance, Cache performance, RAM performance, Hard Disk performance, CD/DVD-ROM performance, Removable/FLASH Media performance.

 Disks Snowbird Search - lighting fast file search utility
I've been using a file search program called Agent Ransack for almost two years now. I've finally found one that's got it matched for speed. Using this tool I can search my entire C: drive in seconds. Snowbird creates an html page on the fly as it searches then launches Internet Explorer to show it's results. That's very nice but doesn't let you manipulate the files with cut, copy, paste or sendto. On the other hand if I want to save a search result, all I have to do is save the search result html file somewhere. What's got me wondering is how in the world the author put all this power into a program that's only 20Kb in size. It literally downloaded in the blink of an eye. There is no installation needed. Just unzip it into a folder and run it.
Website - Freeware
Quote from the website - Snowbird is the latest in hard disk search technology - a lightning fast search program that can search for anything on your computer, including data inside files, and automatically categorize the results into Documents, Pictures, Audio, etc. It is intelligent enough to display exact and close matches before other matches, unlike Windows' built-in search that can sort only by name or date. The program is a tiny 20 KB ZIP that everyone can afford to download.
TIPS

 System Crucial System Scanner - what ram is on my pc?
I recently tried out the "Crucial System Scanner" at Crucial.com. It's an activeX application that determines which memory chips they think are compatible with your PC. Seems to work very nicely on my PC.

 System Kill all processes - using a call to a system dll
I saw a neat tip in the Langa List newsletter. Just cut and paste the text below into a new shortcut. Name the shortcut anything you like. If you double click on it, it will kill all the PC's processes except for Explorer. This might come in handy just before you run a scandisk/chkdisk or defrag. Those sometimes get hung up when other things are running.
Website - Tip
C:WINDOWSRUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,SHExitWindowsEx -1

 Website Help Newbie dot Org - a good place for help
I'm so glad there are lots of "Internet Free Zones" where you can find help for problems. This website is one of those in the best way. Some of the tutorials are a little out of date, but most of them are really great and would be good for anyone wishing to learn more about PC's and the internet. I like the forum which is under the "Help" link. You don't have to sign up for anything  and it looks pretty active so you may not have to wait long for an answer.

 Newbie.org
COOL WEBSITES

 Website Freeware Arena - no ads, no spyware, nothing but true freeware
Come and visit Scott's little slice of the net. Make your yourself at home and browse through all the freeware listings. Scott also hosts the Freeware Revolution php forum, of which I'm proud to be a new member.
Website - Forum - Cool Website
Quote from the website - For the record (and regular visitors to this site have heard/read this a million times as I have repeatedly posted it over the years, but I wish to convey it to any new visitors) freeware is defined on this site as software that is available to distribute freely and with no costs, no restrictions and is NOT a trial, demo or time limited. It does NOT contain intrusive adware, nor spyware or any malware of any type.

 Website Weather.noaa.gov - get your local weather without advertisements
I used to use Weather.com quite a bit. This site offers the same info without all the BS. Thanks to my wife, Rebecca, for this tip.
Website - Cool Website
Quote from the website - This operational server maintains a current database of meteorological and hydrological data, historical data, and written information generated by the NWS or received from other official sources. In addition, this server accesses in realtime a selection of current official weather observations, forecasts, and warnings from U.S. government sources for use by the national and international community. In an effort to enhance the science, experimental products may be accessible on this server and care must be taken when using such products as they are intended for research use.

 Website Web Directory - Steve King's best of the web finds
Here's a cool website tip from CyberGuide.

Website page is gone! - Cool Website
Quote from the website -
 
An extraordinary selection of good sites here. Steve has compiled a range spanning the following subjects: