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<h1><a class="pbTOC" name="WelcometoClifNotesNewsletter"></a><FONT COLOR=BLUE><big>Welcome to Clif Notes Newsletter</big></FONT></h1>
<p><b>October 30, 2005</b>
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<table class="proper"><tr><td>&nbsp;<img src="http://freewarewiki.pbworks.com/f/clifsilver.jpg" class="wikiimage" />&nbsp;</td><td>Hi everyone.<p><p>I write this newsletter for fun. I don't get paid for it or ask for donations and I don't spend all day every day making sure every article is absolutely correct. So, if you see something wrong, don't get mad. I publish reviews from myself and other people out there who are just average PC users like you. Will I change that? I think not.<p><p> I hope you enjoy this week's letter. Be sure to <a href="/EmailClif">email me</a> for advice or to yell at me for messing up.</td></tr></table>
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<h1><a class="pbTOC" name="REVIEWS"></a><FONT COLOR=GREEN>REVIEWS</FONT></h1>
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="InternetExplorerFittedWidthPrinting"></a>Internet Explorer Fitted-Width Printing</h2>
<p><a href="http://www.visiontech.ltd.uk/software/index.html">Website</a> - Freeware
<p><em>comments by Christopher, Jack and Clif on 28 Oct 2005</em>
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<h3><a class="pbTOC" name="NotesfromClif"></a>Notes from Clif</h3>
<p>Apparently, it's sometimes aggravating to print from Internet Explorer. This program looks so simple that maybe Christopher's comments are perfect. I rarely print out pages in Internet Explorer, but if I did it often, I'd sure give this one a try.
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<h3><a class="pbTOC" name="CommentsfromChristopher"></a>Comments from Christopher</h3>
<p>I'm using the visiontech it works.
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<h3><a class="pbTOC" name="CommentsfromJackatAsknbspJack"></a>Comments from Jack at "<a href="http://technology.guardian.co.uk/online/askjack/story/0,12196,1527538,00.html">Ask&nbsp;Jack</a>"</h3>
<p>Internet Explorer for Windows is terrible at printing, and it still does not have the "shrink to fit" option that is in IE5 on the Mac. This won't be fixed until IE7 appears for Windows. Fortunately, Visiontech Ltd has written a little add-on to do the job ...
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<h3><a class="pbTOC" name="QuotefromVisiontech"></a>Quote from Visiontech</h3>
<p><i>Have you ever printed a web page only to find that the right-hand edge is missing? This is for you. First, this download page will install the control. After installation, close the browser window and reopen a new one. You should have a new printer icon with a small 'W' next to it on the toolbar. Press this to bring up a print dialog which will then print the page fitted to the width of your paper. Alternatively, hold down the Control key while pressing the button and you will get a print preview instead.</i><hr align="left" class="wiki"/>
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="KLiteMegaCodecPackVideoPlayerwithCodecsandTools"></a>K-Lite Mega Codec Pack - Video Player with Codecs and Tools</h2>
<p><a href="http://www.codecguide.com/about_mega.htm">K-Lite</a> - <a href="http://georgeh123.blogspot.com/2005/08/video-player-with-codecs-and-tools-k.html">Article&nbsp;by&nbsp;George</a> - Freeware
<p><em>comments by <a class="WikiLink" id="p-f72eded1da9aba0d0a637a4c68b35e72203a87d0" href="/ClifNotes">ClifNotes</a>, review by <a class="WikiLink" id="p-8212084f723c432c89eb507ead9fbcc29b45013a" href="/GeorgesFreeware">GeorgesFreeware</a> on 21 Aug 2005</em>
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<h3><a class="pbTOC" name="NotesfromClif"></a>Notes from Clif</h3>
<p>George has found us one of those cure-all programs for videos. I can remember plenty of times being frustrated trying to play movies or video-cds. I admit, I've known about this package for a year or so, but I've never gotten around to mentioning it. I think George does a far better job of explaining it than I could. Read on and I'm sure you'll agree.
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<h3><a class="pbTOC" name="ReviewfromGeorge"></a>Review from George</h3>
<p>After I had gotten my new computer that has Windows XP installed, I decided to download some video from the internet. I found that some of the files didn’t play back properly. The audio portion of the files would play but there was no video. I noticed that the file type that had this problem most often was the *.avi file type. After I had done some searches on the internet and going through a bit of a learning curve, I determined that I didn’t have the codec installed that I needed to play the video. <a href="http://georgeh123.blogspot.com/2005/08/video-player-with-codecs-and-tools-k.html">read&nbsp;more</a>
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<h3><a class="pbTOC" name="Screenshot"></a>Screenshot</h3>
<p><img src="http://static.flickr.com/30/35604513_ca45274e3b_m.jpg" class="wikiimage" />
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<p><i>The K-Lite Codec Pack has a couple of major advantages compared to other codec packs:
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<ul><li>It it always very up-to-date with the latest versions of the codecs.<li>It is very user-friendly and the installation is fully customizable, meaning that you can install only those components that you really want.<li>It's easy to make an unattended installation.<li>It has been very well tested, so that the package doesn't contain any conflicting codecs. It tries to avoid potential problems with existing codecs and even fixes some problems.<li>It is a very complete package, containing everything you need to play your movies.<li>There are different packages. From small to extra-large.</i></ul><hr align="left" class="wiki"/>
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="PlacesBarConstructortellsWindowsyourfavoriteplaces"></a><a class="WikiLink" id="p-025918ec214db6089db172c991054580d750af67" href="/PlacesBar">PlacesBar</a> Constructor - tells Windows your favorite places</h2>
<p><a href="http://www.boyarick.net/">Website</a> - Freeware
<p><em>review by Whip at ACF, 28 Oct 2005</em>
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<p>Often times, when you use the file open or save dialog in programs, there is a side bar there that has common locations you might want to get files from or put files in. This program promises to allow you to change those locations or "places" to the ones your really want. I'd try this one myself, but I use a similar program already. Whip, a member of <a href="http://groups.google.com/group/alt.comp.freeware">alt.comp.freeware</a> has graciously offered to share his little spin on PlacesBar Constructor.
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<h3><a class="pbTOC" name="ReviewfromWhip"></a>Review from Whip</h3>
<p>I tried this utility a bit. It's not bad, but pretty basic, especially as compared to the other such program you reviewed a short while ago and to which maybe you're referring, <a class="WikiLink" id="p-da1217c9f8631f4644e369032f8ac9b84dd85be6" href="/FolderView">FolderView</a>. PlacesBar stumped me at first, since I didn't realize you had to click on the top, left of center area "Custom" to select customizable favorites. It's nice, though, that it comes with 5 most-often used locations; however, even customized, you only get five folders maximum. Not exactly for the power-user, but may be OK for lite use.
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<p>That being said, I much, much prefer Folder View, since it's so much more customizable, and you have options to add as many folders as you need, not limited to just five as with PlacesBar Constructor. In fact, when I first tried FV, I accidentally selected my entire hard disk!
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<p>Folder View has so many options it's takes a bit of getting used to. It also has a nice brief help manual, which PlacesBar Constructor doesn't
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<p>However, it you just want a simple, quick access to not more than five locations -- either the five defaults, or by customizing these five to your basic needs,  this freeware app may fit the bill for some.
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<h3><a class="pbTOC" name="Screenshot"></a>Screenshot</h3>
<p><img src="http://img453.imageshack.us/img453/6343/scr035gu.jpg">
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<p><i><!--raw1Tag-->PlacesBar Constructor is a free utility for Windows ME, 2000, XP and 2003 that allows you to customize the "PlacesBar" that appears on the left side of the Open and Save dialogs in most applications.
The PlacesBar is a set of shortcuts to commonly-used folders, but wouldn't it be more useful if you could determine what "commonly used" means for yourself, instead of letting Microsoft define it for you? That's where PlacesBar Constructor<!--/raw1Tag--></i><hr align="left" class="wiki"/>
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="SilentNightRadiowakeupthenightwithmusic"></a><a class="WikiLink" id="p-3b370f66e97ee6cedfbb8c9c24f0634fe029028a" href="/SilentNight">SilentNight</a> Radio - wake up the night with music</h2>
<p><a href="http://www.silentnight2004.com/Download.html">Website</a> - Freeware
<p><em>reviewed by <a class="WikiLink" id="p-033ae6dc06a8fe5b3f2af653a80ea67da5045ff2" href="/BillAllin">BillAllin</a> on 24 Oct 2005</em>
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<p>About two weeks ago, I noticed a post by the author of this radio in the <a class="WikiLink" id="p-7918801f6c01bc74bdbacb871aa109202be878d9" href="/FreewareForum">FreewareForum</a>. I'm not sure how many people there tried it, but it looked cool and I thought I'd give it a try. I just never got around to it. One day, Bill Allin wrote me to offer some suggestions about the newsletter and he just happened to mention SilentNight.
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<h3><a class="pbTOC" name="CommentsfromBill"></a>Comments from Bill</h3>
<p>By the way, I am now using an MP3 player called SilentNight MP3-CD Player. The quality of sound is great (insert superlative of choice for excitement), you can do things that no other similar software will do (incredible!) and the creator listens to user comments and needs. SlientNight is a one-woman freeware enterprize. Kristen Tande's home page is at <a href="http://www.silentnight2004.com">silentnight2004</a>. Click on Free Downloads to find the MP3 player. I sent an email to her yesterday with a suggested improvement for the MP3player. I received a reply the same day, with a note saying that she could not get to my suggestion for a couple of weeks because she is making improvements to her CD/DVD burner. The suggestion was for a more extensive equalizer. The present one works on three large bands. Those differences? Speed up the tempo without raising the pitch is one. Raise or lower the pitch by semitones without affecting quality is another. There are others I don't know how to use yet because I have never had a player with such flexibility to cause me to need to learn. Like you, I rarely recommend software unless I use it and am in love with it.
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<h3><a class="pbTOC" name="Screenshots"></a>Screenshots</h3>
<p><a href="http://img453.imageshack.us/img453/6109/silentnight1ss.jpg"><img src="http://img453.imageshack.us/img453/6109/silentnight1ss.th.jpg"></a>
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<p><i><!--raw1Tag-->This is a easy to use internet radio with recording options. It is built to be a user friendly and easy way to listen to radio stations all over the world. It has 26 predefined stations, and a growing list of radio station lists to use for those 26 channels. You can select by categories, like Country, Hits, Classical, Rock, Norwegian, Swedish, Blues etc.

Along with the radio there is also an external mp3 player. This player only supports playback of mp3 files, and you have options to make and save playlists with it. 

Both applications can be used and controlled as trayicons to save workspace for other programs you may use.<!--/raw1Tag--></i><hr align="left" class="wiki"/>
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="WebAlbumGeneratorcreatesphotoalbumsforyourwebsite"></a>Web Album Generator - creates photo albums for your website</h2>
<p><a href="http://www.ornj.net/software/webalbum/">Website</a> - Freeware
<p><em>reviewed by <a class="WikiLink" id="p-0a9705bed42140f8bf6ff773140542c9258aa9cd" href="/SamEdwards">SamEdwards</a> on 28 October 2005</em>
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<h3><a class="pbTOC" name="ReviewbySam"></a>Review by Sam</h3>
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<p><b>Overview</b>
<p>I wanted to make a quick photo album for my homepage. Coding all the html by hand for an album, while possible kept this project from my "done" pile of work. I found Web album generator on <a href="http://nedwolf.com/Web-Applications.htm">Nedwolf's&nbsp;site</a>, which lists lots of free software packages.
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<p><b>Ease of installation</b>
<p>I downloaded the program from the site and installed it without any problems. No virus or spyware warnings noted.
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<p><b>Ease of use</b>
<p>The program is pretty easy to run. I did not bother reading any manuals and just tried to run it. With only a few options on the main screen like "add photos" or "open a previous album" even someone like me could easily create an album.
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<p>The program automatically generates a thumbnail index and generates all the html pages. Upload the pages to your homepage and voila you have an album.  You can select colors, add captions, and other "advanced" options. You can select the size for the photos in your album and it will automatically change the size of all of the photos you select.
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<p><b>Problems</b>
<p>None so far
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<p><b>Things you would like to see added</b>
<p>Nothing really
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<p><b>Conclusion</b>
<p>Works as advertised, easily creates albums and generates the necessary html files.
<p>Ease of use: A
<p>Features: A
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<h3><a class="pbTOC" name="Screenshots"></a>Screenshots</h3>
<p><a href="http://img476.imageshack.us/img476/1954/screenshot01t3xp.png"><img src="http://img476.imageshack.us/img476/1954/screenshot01t3xp.th.png"></a> <a href="http://img390.imageshack.us/img390/1371/screenshot02t8tg.png"><img src="http://img390.imageshack.us/img390/1371/screenshot02t8tg.th.png"></a> <a href="http://img390.imageshack.us/img390/2614/screenshot03t9du.png"><img src="http://img390.imageshack.us/img390/2614/screenshot03t9du.th.png"></a> <a href="http://img390.imageshack.us/img390/334/screenshot04t9cu.png"><img src="http://img390.imageshack.us/img390/334/screenshot04t9cu.th.png"></a>
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<h3><a class="pbTOC" name="Quote"></a>Quote</h3>
<p><i>Recently featured on Tech TV, Web Album Generator has appeared on television and in computer magazines across the world, consistently praised for its quality and ease of use!
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<p><b>Features</b>
<p>Automatic thumbnail creation
<p>Photograph resizing / resampling
<p>Customizable photo album presentation
<p>Drag and drop image support
<p>Provide titles and captions for each photo
<p>No knowledge of HTML required
<p>XHTML 1.0 Strict and CSS 2.0 conformance
<p>Easy to use and free</i><hr align="left" class="wiki"/>
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="XenusLinkSleuthhelpswebmastersfindbrokenlinks"></a>Xenu's Link Sleuth - helps webmasters find broken links</h2>
<p><a href="http://home.snafu.de/tilman/xenulink.html">Website</a> - Freeware
<p><em>reviewed by <a href="/SamEdwards">Sam Edwards</a> on 24 Oct 2005</em>
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<h3><a class="pbTOC" name="NotesfromClif"></a>Notes from Clif</h3>
<p>I met Sam in the support forums for pbwiki. He had a question. <em>Does anyone know of a good way to find dead links in a wiki?</em> I found Link Sleuth after a quick search. I've heard of it many times and it looked safe enough. I've got a kind of 6th sense about websites by now and I can usually tell the good from the evil. I asked Jack to try it out and report back. Here's his review. It looks like law professors have a natural talent for software reviews.
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<h3><a class="pbTOC" name="ReviewbySamEdwards"></a>Review by Sam Edwards</h3>
<p>I just ran the program once so my report is based on very limited experience. 
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<p><b>Ease of installation </b>
<p>I downloaded the program from the site and installed it without any problems. No virus or spyware warnings noted. 
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<p><b>Ease of use </b>
<p>The program seems pretty intuitive to run. I did not bother reading any manuals and just tried to run it. It worked well and reported bad links. It even made a handy report for me. 
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<p><b>Problems </b>
<p>None so far 
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<p><b>Conclusion </b>
<p>Works as advertised, checks a url (including subdirectories) and reports any bad links. 
<p>Ease of use: A 
<p>Features: A
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<h3><a class="pbTOC" name="Screenshot"></a>Screenshot</h3>
<p><a href="http://img488.imageshack.us/img488/1884/xenu3gi.gif"><img src="http://img488.imageshack.us/img488/1884/xenu3gi.th.gif"></a>
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<h3><a class="pbTOC" name="Quote"></a>Quote</h3>
<p><i><!--raw1Tag-->Xenu's Link Sleuth (TM) checks Web sites for broken links. Link verification is done on "normal" links, images, frames, plug-ins, backgrounds, local image maps, style sheets, scripts and java applets. It displays a continously updated list of URLs which you can sort by different criteria. A report can be produced at any time.<!--/raw1Tag--></i><hr align="left" class="wiki"/>
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<h1><a class="pbTOC" name="TIPS"></a><FONT COLOR=GREEN>TIPS</FONT></h1>
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="10thingsyoushoulddotoeveryWindowsPC"></a>10 things you should do to every Windows PC</h2>
<p><a href="http://techrepublic.com.com/5100-10877_11-5906772.html">Tech&nbsp;Republic&nbsp;article</a> - Tip
<p><em>comments by <a class="WikiLink" id="p-f72eded1da9aba0d0a637a4c68b35e72203a87d0" href="/ClifNotes">ClifNotes</a> on 29 Oct 2005</em>
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<h3><a class="pbTOC" name="Notes"></a>Notes</h3>
<p>Just the other day, one of my co-workers mentionded that his parents had gotten a new PC and he was going over this weekend to help them fix it up. Most people don't consider the fact that they aren't done when they are finished plugging all the cords into place. That's the first step and here are ten more that are just as important as getting the PC running.
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<h3><a class="pbTOC" name="QuotefromMarkKaelinatTR"></a>Quote from Mark Kaelin at TR</h3>
<p><i>Getting a new PC, whether it is at work or at home, is one of those "makes you smile" moments. Just like the "6 Million Dollar Man" we all want better, stronger, and faster. However, every new PC that crosses your path is in need of a few tweaks. This document lists 10 enhancements you should make to every new PC, no matter whether it is a workstation or the family media computer. These tweaks will bring out the best in your new PC and give you a solid foundation for future applications and operating system updates.</i>
<p><a href="http://techrepublic.com.com/5100-10877_11-5906772.html">read&nbsp;more</a><hr align="left" class="wiki"/>
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="WPClipArtforAbiWordandotherwordprocessors"></a>WP <a class="WikiLink" id="p-22fc4b3a91f315ccf17419799f24f73a24b15caf" href="/ClipArt">ClipArt</a> for <a class="WikiLink" id="p-000bd2353465e7affee220ddaff7d6729126e00d" href="/AbiWord">AbiWord</a> and other word processors</h2>
<p><a href="http://www.pcbypaul.com/wpclipart/index.html">Website</a> - <a href="http://www.ibiblio.org/abiclipart/index.html">Download</a> - <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_domain">Public&nbsp;Domain</a>
<p><em>comments by <a class="WikiLink" id="p-f72eded1da9aba0d0a637a4c68b35e72203a87d0" href="/ClifNotes">ClifNotes</a> on 24 Oct 2005</em>
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<h3><a class="pbTOC" name="Notes"></a>Notes</h3>
<p>Do you need some clipart to spruce up your word processor documents? This site offers 97mb, hundreds, of free public domain clipart images for you to download. I didn't download them myself, but if you stick with downloading only the zip file full of images, this should be one of your safest downloads. I don't know of any bugs that can hide inside of PNG files.
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<p>Please note that these images can be used for any purpose. I used one of them for a screenshot.
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<h3><a class="pbTOC" name="Screenshot"></a>Screenshot</h3>
<p><IMG SRC="http://img456.imageshack.us/img456/6663/wpclipart1yz.png" WIDTH="200" TITLE="WP Clipart" ALIGN="">
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<h3><a class="pbTOC" name="Quote"></a>Quote</h3>
<p><i><!--raw1Tag-->WP Clipart is a collection of public domain images 
specifically tailored for use in word processors. 

The images can be used for any purpose without any conditions. The images are all non-transparent PNGs, the format chosen because it renders and prints well in all tested word processors. Originally started specifically to use with Abiword due to printing problems with transparent images -- but it can be used for any editor capable of including images. For that matter, they can be used for purposes other than word processors.<!--/raw1Tag--></i><hr align="left" class="wiki"/>
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="HowtomakescreenshotstutorialfromClif"></a>How to make screenshots - tutorial from Clif</h2>
<p>Here's a quick "how to" on making screenshots of programs running on your PC. This will require only tools that you already have on your PC. <a class="WikiLink" id="p-6c49b6e6d729ecf82cc6789e01740178b56dc51f" href="/HowToMakeScreenShots">HowToMakeScreenShots</a><hr align="left" class="wiki"/>
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<h1><a class="pbTOC" name="COOLWEBSITES"></a><FONT COLOR=GREEN>COOL WEB SITES</FONT></h1>
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="ShinyFeetcomyourallinoneserviceprovider"></a><a class="WikiLink" id="p-18ece69d207ba7cc444377cbaf013f7e6c496bf5" href="/ShinyFeet">ShinyFeet</a>.com - your all in one service provider</h2>
<p><a href="http://www.shinyfeet.com/">Website</a> - Cool Website
<p><em>reviewed by <a class="WikiLink" id="p-3625edd82a20efd2a67c2223d4d62adf827b1e29" href="/PierreRenaud">PierreRenaud</a> on 19 Oct 2005</em>
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<p>Welcome to Pierre, a French teacher with a passion for tech that he shares at his blog. Be sure to visit <a href="http://prenaud.blogspot.com/">Pierre's&nbsp;Lucky&nbsp;Finds</a>. You may not be able to read it, but I'm sure you will understand. You'll have to blame any errors you find here on my translation of French to English.
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<h3><a class="pbTOC" name="ReviewbyPierre"></a>Review by Pierre</h3>
<p>With ShinyFeet.com you have free access to a virtual hard disk with unlimited capacity. You also get a 40mb e-mail account (4th best according to About.com) and a photo album. You can save attachments into your virtual hard drive. You can even provide downloads to your documents by posting a link to them using http or ftp. Lastly, you will be able to share your files with other users of ShinyFeet.com. Note that, contrary to Gmail, ShinyFeet.com allows the files EXE, DLL,... and uses an Antivirus. Do not forget to use the "Upload Multiple Files" function which makes it possible to upload 50 files at once.
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="FutureMesendemailstointothefuture"></a><a class="WikiLink" id="p-49546510d011c87f3037850f075dd0a0f38db16e" href="/FutureMe">FutureMe</a> - send emails to into the future</h2>
<p><a href="http://futureme.org/">Website</a> - Cool Website
<p><em>reviewed by <a class="WikiLink" id="p-f72eded1da9aba0d0a637a4c68b35e72203a87d0" href="/ClifNotes">ClifNotes</a> on 28 Oct 2005</em>
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<p>This simple web service will send an email to anyone. It won't send it today, or tomorrow, but it will send it years from now if you want it to. There is no signup required. 
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<p><i>what the heck is this now?		
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<p>two fellas started this so that you could write yourself a letter to be delivered at a later date. we've all had to do them in high school and college. it's sorta cool to receive a letter from yourself about where you thought you'd be a year (two years? more?) later. FutureMe.org is based on the principle that memories are less accurate than emails. we strive for accuracy.</i><hr align="left" class="wiki"/>
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<p><a href="http://rollyo.com/">Website</a> - Cool Website
<p><em>reviewed by <a class="WikiLink" id="p-f72eded1da9aba0d0a637a4c68b35e72203a87d0" href="/ClifNotes">ClifNotes</a> on 28 Oct 2005</em>
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<p>Here's a terrific way to customize your web searches. Only search the sites that you include in the list you create. This is so much better than Google's site search feature. Once you've created your custom search you can share it with the world or just your friends.
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<p>Here is <a href="http://rollyo.com/search.html?sid=7886&f=share&fuid=6372">my&nbsp;custom&nbsp;search</a> for trusted freeware.
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<p><a href="http://usera.imagecave.com/clif_notes/images/rollyo.gif"><img src="http://usera.imagecave.com/clif_notes/images/icth_rollyo.gif.jpg"></a>
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<p><i>Rollyo is the fast, easy way to create personal search engines using only the sources you trust. 
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<p>Are you tired of wading though thousands of irrelevant search results to get to the information you want? Ever wish you could narrow your search to sites you already know and trust? With Rollyo, you can easily create your own custom search engines, and explore and save those created by others. 
<p>WHY ROLLYO?
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<p>Rollyo puts the power of Yahoo! Search in your hands, by giving you the tools to create your own personal search engines - with no programming required. All you have to do is pick the sites you want to search, and we'll create a custom search engine for you.</i><hr align="left" class="wiki"/>
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="OpenlettertothechairmanofYahoo"></a>Open letter to the chairman of Yahoo!</h2>
<p>Many of you may have heard that Yahoo turned over personal information to the Chinese government that resulted in a Chinese journalist's imprisonment for at least 10 years. Here is an <a href="http://cicus.org/news/newsdetail.php?id=5421">open&nbsp;letter</a> to Yahoo from one of the friends of the man who was imprisoned. I really don't know how I can trust Yahoo anymore. I'm thinking about shutting down my Yahoo accounts soon.
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="AddPreviewaddspreviewsofwebpagestoyoursearchresults"></a><a class="WikiLink" id="p-b19f13e61326a2547d5511a3c0fed81ad7a5117f" href="/AddPreview">AddPreview</a> - adds previews of webpages to your search results.</h2>
<p>I don't use Internet Explorer much these days, so I don't plan on using this one. It might be nice to hear what it's like from someone out there who still uses IE on a regular basis. <a class="WikiLink" id="p-3ba87603a2bd70eb300d9531d3811d6841b61198" href="/EmailClif">EmailClif</a> if you decide to try it.
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<p><b>Flash</b>: Terry wrote to tell me there's a Firefox version as well.
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<p><img src="http://img498.imageshack.us/img498/1832/googlewebbefore6th.jpg" class="wikiimage" /> <img src="http://img498.imageshack.us/img498/970/googleweb8ci.jpg" class="wikiimage" /><hr align="left" class="wiki"/>
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="Frapperyouguyslivealloverthemap"></a>Frapper - you guys live all over the map</h2>
<p>Thanks to all of you who put your location down in the Frapper map. If you haven't seen this, take a look. I'd love to see more of you in there. I think this is really cool.
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<p>I invite all of you to record your locations on <a href="http://www.frappr.com/clifnotesnewsletter">this&nbsp;map</a>. You can include as little or as much information as you wish.
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<p>Clif's map as of November 1st, 2005
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<p><A HREF="http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/791/frappermap0511019wo.jpg"><IMG SRC="http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/791/frappermap0511019wo.th.jpg"></A><hr align="left" class="wiki"/>
<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="SwissKnifecarvesupaharddrive"></a><a class="WikiLink" id="p-75d687176c33c92d4ef011aad1af91714f8919fe" href="/SwissKnife">SwissKnife</a> carves up a hard drive</h2>
<p>From Ray:
<p><i>I needed to partition a backup hard drive and searched the web to find one called <a href="http://www.compuapps.com/Download/swissknife/swissknife.htm">SwissKnife</a>.  It worked well for a newbie like me and I partitioned the Maxtor one touch in about 15 minutes.  I use it to back up 3 computers and have one partition for each computer.  Do you have any comments on SwissKnife or the way I used it? Thanks you're the greatest of help to us new computer users.  Ray</i>
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<p>It sounds like a nice program. I typically use an old DOS utility called FDISK to format partitions. It wouldn't take much to improve on FDISK, it's not a very friendly program.<hr align="left" class="wiki"/>
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="Flockspreadsitswings"></a>Flock spreads it's wings</h2>
<p>From George:
<p><i>I found an <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/zd/20051021/tc_zd/163275;_ylt=AtUOyvuD9oCkAgmkiHAJFRfw7rEF;_ylu=X3oDMTBjMHVqMTQ4BHNlYwN5bnN1YmNhdA">article&nbsp;on&nbsp;Flock</a> that you might want to read about.</i>
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<p>Thanks George. It's a good article and explains things better than I can. I'll be putting it away soon and wait for the next big release. I have found a few bugs, but I really do like some of the features.<hr align="left" class="wiki"/>
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="WSFtpLEstillavailable"></a>WS_Ftp LE still available</h2>
<p>From Paul:
<p><i>Regarding WS_FTP LE, I was in the same situation only last week. But luckily I came across it at <a href="http://www.oldversion.com">oldversion.com</a>.
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<p>Last week I posted Gary's request for a replacement program for WS_Ftp LE. It's no longer offered at it's home site. Paul, I don't know why I didn't think to look at oldversion. Gary was happy to hear that it's still available. Thanks for letting us know.<hr align="left" class="wiki"/>
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="AuthorofezHTMLareawritesin"></a>Author of ezHTMLarea writes in</h2>
<p>From <a class="WikiLink" id="p-3625edd82a20efd2a67c2223d4d62adf827b1e29" href="/PierreRenaud">PierreRenaud</a>:
<p><i>Thanks for your comments about ezHTMLarea</i>
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="VirtualCDutilityfromMicrosoft"></a>Virtual CD utility from Microsoft</h2>
<p>From Stephen:
<p><i>XP: Small, Free Way to Use and Mount Images (ISO files) Without Burning Them
<p><a href="http://tech-recipes.com/windows_tips620.html">http://tech-recipes.com/windows_tips620.html</a>
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<p>Found it whilst searching for a program for 98SE that would allow a CD ISO image to run as if it were in the CD drive (mother bought a game but it requires both an installation, and the CD to be in the drive before it will let her play it..... GRRRRR)
<p>Though in the end I had to use ISOBuster and <a href="http://www2.daemon-tools.cc/dtcc/download.php">Daemon&nbsp;Tools</a>, I figured it would be useful for those with XP ;o)</i>
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="DoIneedablogorawebsite"></a>Do I need a blog or a website?</h2>
<p>From Satish:
<p><i>Hi Clif, I always enjoy your freeware newsletter. I have a query and need a simple answer.
<p>Is a website better or a blog for spreading some scientific info for my clients?</i>
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<p>Short answer: Website
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<p>Long answer: Both and more, depending on what types of information and how experienced a webmaster you are.
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<p>If you are a competent webmaster, a website with static (address doesn't change) pages is best for distributing information. If you aren't a good webmaster or just don't have the time to devote to it, a blog will work just fine. There is another option. If you've been to my website (freewarewiki.pbwiki.com) you'll find it's simple to create and edit a wiki. You don't have to learn html code or worry about paying for anything. It's free.
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<p>Here are links to the three options. All of these services are ad-supported, but free to the user.
<p>Build your own website: <a href="http://www.bravenet.com/">http://www.bravenet.com/</a>
<p>Start a blog: <a href="http://www.blogspot.com">http://www.blogspot.com</a>
<p>Create a wiki: <a href="http://pbwiki.com">http://pbwiki.com</a> <hr align="left" class="wiki"/>
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="Howtochangeyourdefaultemailclient"></a>How to change your default email client</h2>
<p>From Sharon:
<p><i>Thank you for your newsletter.  I also see your replies to people at the Computer Help Club at MSN.
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<p>I guess you would call me a tweenie between beginner and intermediate. My questions is about changing the email on my Outlook Express.  When I call a link, I would like it to go to Yahoo but goes to my LAN now.  How do I change it?</i>
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="Toeveryone"></a>To everyone</h2>
<p>I like getting messages from you. Don't hesitate to <a class="WikiLink" id="p-3ba87603a2bd70eb300d9531d3811d6841b61198" href="/EmailClif">EmailClif</a> with your comments.<hr align="left" class="wiki"/>
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<p><font color=green size=5>INDEX</font>
<p><div style="font-size:90%;"><table style="background:transparent;border:none;margin:0;padding:0"><tr style="background:transparent;border:none;margin:0;padding"><td style="background:transparent;border:none;margin:0;padding"><div class="toc"><ol type="1"><li><a href="#WelcometoClifNotesNewsletter">Welcome to Clif Notes Newsletter</a></li><li><a href="#REVIEWS">REVIEWS</a><ol type="a"><li><a href="#InternetExplorerFittedWidthPrinting">Internet Explorer Fitted-Width Printing</a></li><li><a href="#KLiteMegaCodecPackVideoPlayerwithCodecsandTools">K-Lite Mega Codec Pack - Video Player with Codecs and Tools</a></li><li><a href="#PlacesBarConstructortellsWindowsyourfavoriteplaces">PlacesBar Constructor - tells Windows your favorite places</a></li><li><a href="#SilentNightRadiowakeupthenightwithmusic">SilentNight Radio - wake up the night with music</a></li><li><a href="#WebAlbumGeneratorcreatesphotoalbumsforyourwebsite">Web Album Generator - creates photo albums for your website</a></li><li><a href="#XenusLinkSleuthhelpswebmastersfindbrokenlinks">Xenu's Link Sleuth - helps webmasters find broken links</a></li></ol><li><a href="#TIPS">TIPS</a><ol type="a"><li><a href="#10thingsyoushoulddotoeveryWindowsPC">10 things you should do to every Windows PC</a></li><li><a href="#WPClipArtforAbiWordandotherwordprocessors">WP ClipArt for AbiWord and other word processors</a></li><li><a href="#HowtomakescreenshotstutorialfromClif">How to make screenshots - tutorial from Clif</a></li></ol><li><a href="#COOLWEBSITES">COOL WEB SITES</a><ol type="a"><li><a href="#ShinyFeetcomyourallinoneserviceprovider">ShinyFeet.com - your all in one service provider</a></li><li><a href="#FutureMesendemailstointothefuture">FutureMe - send emails to into the future</a></li><li><a href="#Rollyorollyourownsearchengine">Rollyo - roll your own search engine</a></li></ol><li><a href="#NEWNEWS">NEW NEWS</a><ol type="a"><li><a href="#OpenlettertothechairmanofYahoo">Open letter to the chairman of Yahoo!</a></li></ol><li><a href="#FREEWAREADVENTURE">FREEWARE ADVENTURE</a><ol type="a"><li><a href="#AddPreviewaddspreviewsofwebpagestoyoursearchresults">AddPreview - adds previews of webpages to your search results.</a></li></ol><li><a href="#FEEDBACKANDOTHERSTUFF">FEEDBACK AND OTHER STUFF</a><ol type="a"><li><a href="#Frapperyouguyslivealloverthemap">Frapper - you guys live all over the map</a></li><li><a href="#SwissKnifecarvesupaharddrive">SwissKnife carves up a hard drive</a></li><li><a href="#Flockspreadsitswings">Flock spreads it's wings</a></li><li><a href="#WSFtpLEstillavailable">WS_Ftp LE still available</a></li><li><a href="#AuthorofezHTMLareawritesin">Author of ezHTMLarea writes in</a></li><li><a href="#VirtualCDutilityfromMicrosoft">Virtual CD utility from Microsoft</a></li><li><a href="#DoIneedablogorawebsite">Do I need a blog or a website?</a></li><li><a href="#Howtochangeyourdefaultemailclient">How to change your default email client</a></li><li><a href="#Toeveryone">To everyone</a></li></ol></li></ol></li></div></td></tr></table><br clear="left" /></div>
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