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Welcome to Clif Notes Newsletter

December 18, 2005

 

  Hi everyone.

Here's another small sample of things I've found out there on the net. This week I'm asking for more advice from you all on the best freeware games. Anyone want to play?

I hope you enjoy this week's letter. Be sure to write me for advice or yell at me for messing up.

 

 

 

 

REVIEWS

 

Amp Font Viewer - preview, install, and uninstall fonts

Website - Freeware

reviewed by Chris, Dec 2005

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Notes from Clif

Chris wrote me that this program is a "must have" for those of you who are into graphics and fonts.

 

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This program is an easy to use but powerful font manager, which allows getting a quick overview of both installed and non installed fonts. It can install and uninstall fonts, and organize them in categories. Some of its features are:

 

  • Supports TrueType and OpenType fonts (Windows 2000/XP required for PostScript OpenType fonts)
  • Supports Type1 fonts (Windows 2000/XP required)
  • Installation of fonts from a folder (one by one or from a list).
  • Installation of fonts temporally (until the program is closed).
  • Deletion of installed fonts.
  • List of all installed fonts with several display options.
  • List of the fonts from a folder with several display options.
  • Several options for organizing fonts in categories and managing them.
  • It can print a list of all or some of the installed fonts with an example of each font.
  • Scratchpad area for testing the look of any font (installed or from a folder).
  • Dual English/Spanish version.

 

Screamer Radio - record and listen to internet radio streams

Screamer Website - Freeware

reviewed by ClifNotes, 10 Apr 2005, updated 16 Dec 2005

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Notes from Clif

Screamer is a new program that lets you listen to internet radio stations and record them. In no time at all you could have a collection of tunes to listen to while you are offline. These are for your personal use only. You can run into legal problems when you try to share them with others. Screamer is a small download and is available as a no-install zip. That means it should work fine as a PortableApp.

 

Tip from Clif

To find hundreds of radio stations, just go to Shoutcast. To listen to them just right click on the yellow "Tune In" button and choose "Copy Shortcut". Now go to Screamer and click on "File" - "Open URL". The address you copied at Shoutcast will already be in the entry box. Just click "OK" and off you go.

 

There is also a way to add a timing function to Screamer. Read the info-eng.txt file here.

 

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There is little reason to listen to commercial FM radio anymore, it is an old medium that provides little choice of music and is saturated with ads. For the last couple of years there has been an alternative, streaming internet radio. An alternative that has been somewhat complicated to use.

 

Screamer Radio attempts to remedy this problem by bringing most of the required steps into a single, easy to use, freeware program.


 

Meesoft InstantMessenger - Lan chat at home or work

Website - Freeware

reviewed by ClifNotes, Dec 2005

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Notes

I've been trying different programs to chat back and forth with my wife while we are on our home network. It's nice to be able to share links without either shouting them out or sending them in email. Meesoft's InstantMessenger is great because it requires no setup, it's a very small download, only 177k, and it's also zipped so that you only need to unzip it to a folder and use it. This is probably a good candidate for my USB PortableApp collection.

 

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The InstantMessenger is a small chat application for Win32, that I have been working on. It is used to chat over a LAN (Local Area Network). The program features minimization to tray. InstantMessenger now features a coloring system, so messages are colored according to sender plus all fonts now supported in the chat-window. The application uses a peer-to-peer structure, so no server is required - chat or be chatted...


 

ERUNT - Editor's Pick at  FreewareArena

Website - Freeware

from Scott at FreewareArena, Dec 2005

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ERUNT Editor's Pick

Registry Backup and Restore for Windows NT/2000/2003/XP

 

A "must have" tool that is a registry backup and Restore for Windows NT/2000/2003/XP. It also contains the program "NTREGOPT" which is a registry optimizer (also for Windows NT/2000/2003/XP).

 

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Quote from Erunt website

- Backup the Windows NT/2000/2003/XP registry to a folder of your choice

 

- System and current user registries selectable

 

- Command line switches for automated registry backup and restoration

 

- Restore the registry in Windows 9x/Me/NT/2000/2003/XP and MS-DOS (all-in-one restore program) or the Windows Recovery Console

 

- Included in this package: NTREGOPT program for optimizing the registry

 

- All programs in this package are completely localizable (translate them into your language), German version included


 

PUI - view or modify the uninstall information

Website - Freeware

created by StevenBurn

comments?

 

from Steven Burn at Ur I.T. Mate Group

PUI (Program Uninstallation Information) - Ur I.T. Mate Group

v1.0.7 Size: 400K Windows (All)

PUI (aka Program Uninstallation Information) is a small utility that has been developed with the sole intention of allowing users to view and modify the uninstall string for installed programs without having to enter the registry, and additionally allow simple removal of such programs from a simple to use interface.

 

PUI additionally identifies programs that cannot be uninstalled, and lets you know if this is the case, without the need for extra long hours spent looking on authors homepages, just to be told "you can't remove it".

 

As an added bonus, PUI has been setup to detect certain spyware and adware components and let you know if these are installed, and if applicable, remove them, without having to call in the big boy's (although, it is always reccomended to keep your Antivirus and Anti-spyware software uptodate, and to run a scan on your system on a daily basis, just incase).

 

IMPORTANT: Although PUI is able to detect certain malware, it is NOT an anti-malware application and thus, should not be treated as such.

 

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Some serious Firefox extensions

Website - Freeware

reviewed by C:/ at SpaghettiTech, Sept 2005

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Notes from Clif

Thanks C:/, I've never seen some of these extensions. Now that I've got Firefox 1.5 loaded, I'm trying out some new extensions. I'm sure you've picked the best of the best.

 

From C:/ at SpaghettiTech

Some serious Firefox extensions

 

Here's a list of Firefox extensions you should try:

 

 

FlashGot: highly configurable extension to make FF handle several download managers;

NoScript: from the same author of FlashGot, an extension to allow java and java script only for selected sites;

Spoofstick: extension to detect spoofing;

 

AdBlock: block unwanted ads and banners;

FlashBlock: displays an image instead of a flash banner; click it to see the flash;

 

Culler: cookie manager;

Permit Cookies: allow/allow for session/block/remove cookies by clicking a single button;

 

Tabbrowser Preferences: don't tell me you know what tabbed browsing is, until you've tried this...;

Make Link: adds a context menu item which allows you to copy links to the clipboard in text, Html or forum-code format;

Spellbound: checks the spell in web forms;

Dictionary Search: looks for a highlighted word in an online dictionary;

 

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SpaghettiTech - a mouthful of technology


 

Free Download Manager and FlashGot

DonationCoder article- FlashGot Website - Free Download Manager - Freeware

reviewed by BrotherS, Dec 2005

add your comments?

 

From BrotherS at DonationCoder

http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/Free_Download_Manager/1090197761/1

 

Publisher's Description:

Free Download Manager (FDM) is a full-featured freeware downloading program. It allows you to download files and whole web sites from any remote server via HTTP, HTTPS and FTP.

 

This is a really nice alternative for GetRight etc.! It also has a drop-box you can place on the desktop - which hides when you run another program in full-screen mode (guess who suggested that feature ). It has a great rating on the FileForum page, and while it's not perfect it's great for its price (0.00)!

 

In combination with the FlashGot 0.5.9.99 it's even better! If you haven't already, get this great Firefox extension from http://www.flashgot.net/

 

Notes from Clif


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIPS

 

Clipboard Danger - is Internet Explorer spying on you?

Clipboard Test - Security tip

Reviewed by Respect2Glory, Dec 2005

comments?

 

Comments

Here's an EASY FIX for another Windows security issue, that you probably didn't know existed until now. (Man, are we tired of seeing these!) This test definitely concerned me when I realize how often I change some of my passwords using copy/paste functions.

 

When you copy text - it's saved in your windows clipboard. So, the last thing you copy (including passwords and credit card numbers) is up for grabs at the first website loaded with javascript that is setup to nab it.

 

Safeguard your system by changing a few Internet Options. First, visit WorldStart.com and take this test. Follow the instructions to fix this issue, then retake the test to make sure your clipboard can't be stolen.

 

 

Quote from WorldStart.com

Is Your Clipboard Giving You Away?

 

Have you ever copied a password, bank account number, credit card, or other sensitive information to your windows clipboard? If so, you may be putting yourself at risk!

 

How so?

 

With just a single line of JavaScript, a malicious website can grab the info that's on your Windows Clipboard. Oh, and JavaScript isn't the only way - several other languages can be made to do similar things.

 

So, do you want to test and see if you're susceptible to this? It's easy enough. Copy a line or two of text from this article - or anywhere else. Once you have it, just click the link below to see if your clipboard info can be stolen:


 

What is a portable app?

Website - Tip

reviewed by ClifNotes, Dec 2005

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Notes

I love portable apps, I've got a USB thumb drive that I carry with me sometimes. I use it to carry many of my favorite programs that I can run on almost any PC. It's like having your own PC toolbox.

 

Quote from portableapps.com

What is a portable app?

portable - carried or moved with ease

app - a computer program like a web browser or word processor

 

A portable app is a computer program that you can carry around with you on a portable device and use on any Windows computer. When your USB thumbdrive, portable hard drive, iPod or other portable device is plugged in, you have access to your software and personal data just as you would on your own PC. And when you unplug, none of your personal data is left behind.

 

No Special Hardware - Use any USB thumbdrive, portable hard drive, iPod/MP3 player, etc

 

No Additional Software - Just download the portable app, unzip and go

 

No Kidding - It's that easy

 

Consider the Possibilities...

  • Carry your web browser with all your favorite bookmarks
  • Carry your calendar with all your appointments
  • Carry your email client with all your contacts and settings
  • Carry your instant messenger and your buddy list

 

  • Carry your whole office suite along with your documents and presentations
  • Carry your antivirus program and other computer utilities

 

  • Carry all your important passwords and account information securely

 

Consider the Convenience...

  • Have your favorite websites handy to recommend to a friend or colleague
  • Have your presentation AND the required software ready to go for that big meeting
  • Have your password with you if you want to bank online while traveling

 

  • Have utilities handy when visiting family or friends that are having PC problems

 

Set up your own wireless network

Website - Free online course from CNET

reviewed by ClifNotes, 15 Dec 2005

comments?

 

Notes

I've helped set up only one wireless network in the past. That makes me a newbie when it comes to setting them up properly. This free course from CNET might help me understand more about it. You are welcome to join me there.

 

 

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You've heard that you can network several computers in your home or home office without messing with cables, but is it more trouble than it's worth? Not at all. This course will introduce you to the technologies that make wireless networking possible then help you choose the right wireless equipment, set it up, and troubleshoot common problems.


 

The best free design and photo software

Website - Freeware

article at Download.com

comments?

 

Notes

I found this article that lists some of the best free photo and image editing software. You might find something you like here:

http://msn-cnet.com.com/1200-20-5152074.html

 

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The best things in life may be free, but most software isn't. Limited functionality, annoying adware, and pesky nag screens mean even most "free" software isn't actually without cost.

 

Don't give up, though--some gems are out there. Here is a sampling of absolutely free applications from Download.com's Design & Photo category. The open-source image editor The GIMP earns fans not just for its price, but for its powerful features. Picasa helps you import and manage pictures from your digital camera. The Font Thing presents all your fonts visually for easy access. ColorPic makes it easy to set a color palette for your projects, and Easy Thumbnails lets you create an image sampler in moments.


 

How to convert LP's to CD

Tip by Vic Dura, comments by Clif

Download Vic's time utilitycomment on this article?

 

Notes from Clif

While corresponding with Vic one day, he mentioned that he converted his entire phonograph record collection over to CD. I was very interested in finding out his methods because my father has an extensive Jazz collection that I'd like to help him convert. Vic wrote me this back and it's far to good to leave in email.

 

Vic's tips on converting old LP's to CD

This was a project I did last winter. We had about 250 LP albums and 350 old 45rpm "singles" taking up space on a shelf but they weren't being listened to because they were just too inconvenient to play. Particularly the 45s. Here's the procedure I used:

 

1) Connect the turntable to the audio/aux input of the computer sound card.

 

2) While playing the record through the computer speakers, use software to capture the output from the sound card and convert it to a wav file on disk. I used TotalRecorder from http ://www.highcriteria.com/ which is shareware, but there are several freeware options out there (Clif recommends Audacity). This will produce one wav file per record side. That's fine for the 45s which have only one "song" per side, but it is a problem for most 33LPs which usually have several songs or pieces per side.

 

3) If copying 45s, you can now just rename the two wav files to whatever you like. If you are copying an LP, you have two wav files that correspond to the two sides. Of course, you can just burn those to an audio CD, but then you can't access the individual songs/pieces as individual tracks. The solution is to use a wav editor to extract the individual pieces and save them as separate files.

 

They have software that tries to do this, but I was never able to find any freeware that worked reliably. The problem seems to be that the software tries to identify tracks by the periods of relative "silence" between the pieces i.e. the track breaks, or inter-track gaps. That works fairly well for popular/rock/jazz type music that is mostly vocal/music, but it doesn't work well for classical pieces. Many classical pieces have relatively long periods of "quiet" music that the freeware auto-splitters took to be track breaks. I would guess that some expensive commercial signal processing software would do a better job but I thought of a way to do the splits just using a wav-file editor and that was the key to making the project possible.

 

The problem is, that you just can't bring a large wav file with several tracks into an editor and easily find the track gaps without listening to the whole record again. I did that once to record the wav file, and I didn't want to do it again to find the track breaks. You can't just look at the wave-form on the screen, because you can't see anything with 25-min of music spread across 17" of screen, and if you stretch it out to something like 1-min per screen width, yes you can see the quite spots, but you still have to listen to it to be sure it's really a gap and not just the conductor resting.

 

4) The solution is to keep a running cumulative total of the track playing times. For example if Side-A of the LP has six tracks:

TrackMin:Sec
12:31
25:16
31:49
43:03
54:01
62:09

 

then the running cumulative total would be:

 

TrackTime

Min:Sec

Cumulative

Min:sec

12:3102:31
25:1607:47
31:4909:36
43:0312:39
54:0116:40
62:0918:49

 

The cumulative time above shows where each track ends in the single large wav file containing all the tracks. For example, track 2 starts at 2:31 and ends at 7:47; track 4 starts at 9:36 and ends at 12:39.

 

 

The individual track times are almost always on the LP album jacket. While playing the LP into the computer I would enter the individual track times into a small quick-and-dirty win32 console program I wrote to produce the running cumulative totals shown above (doing base-60 arithmetic by hand for 500 LP-sides is painful). That little program is the crux of the solution. Even using a hand calculator that does base-60 math is too slow and cumbersome. Besides, I wanted to be able to copy/paste the times onto the CD labels I made for each transcribed LP.

 

5) Once you have the running cumulative times, it's simple to find each track in the large wav file, and then extract it to a single separate small wav file using a wav editor giving the individual wav file track the appropriate name. Note that the track times copied from the album jacket do not take into account the inter-track gap which is usually about 2 seconds. You can account for the mentally, or add it to the individual track times which I didn't want to do since that would cause the label times on the CD to not match the times on the LP album.

 

The LP transcription project was fun for me to do. It was a great cold winter-night and week-end project when it was too cold to go outside. I would do 1 or 2 albums a night and maybe a dozen on the week end. It was a great trip down memory lane, listening to music I have not heard in 30 years. I also reduced my music storage volume by about 80% and now have a list of all my CDs/tracks on the computer.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COOL WEB SITES

 

Public domain movie torrents

Website - Free movie downloads

reviewed by CyberGuide, 14 Dec 2005

add your comments?

 

Notes from Clif

Here's another good find from our friend Zia. BTW, just remember to scan anything you download.

 

Latest Updates from cyberguide

This is great...a repository of free classic and b-movies to download! And the best feature is these movies are in PDA/smartphone/PPC and Ipod versions...Plenty of moving pictures to keep you occupied while waiting for that bus!

 

The movies are downloaded via the bitorrent medium. BitTorrent is a fast, powerful, and spyware-free way to download large files online. Instead of downloading files from a central server, you download from other people who are also downloading the file. You will need to install a BitTorrent client: my favorite is ABC (no fuss no gimmick).

 

Check out Imdb.com if you need some background info on the movies...

 

Quote from publicdomaintorrents.com

ALL MOVIES LISTED HERE ARE BELIEVED TO BE IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN!


 

The3dGames.com - free 3d games, no install needed

3d Games Website - Freeware

reviewed by CyberGuide on 9/4/05

comments?

 

Latest Updates from cyberguide

GAMES: FREE AT THREE3DGAMES.COM

 

Hmm...fancy some free 3D-rendered games? Check out this site...You need to register but you will find a great selection including FPS, driving, space, etc. OK, don't expect mind-boggling experience (hey, these are freebies!).

 

I checked out a Space-themed game in a Death-Star style trench called 'Space Raider' which was fun. Another great feature that all these games are self-executables, they do not require installation.

 


 

Optical Illusions - fooling around with your eyes

60 Optical Illusions & Visual Phenomena - Cool Website

reviewed by ClifNotes, 10 Dec 2005

comments?

 

Notes

I've seen some of these illusions before, but I've never seen them all in one place. Below is one of my favorites. The wheels are not moving at all. It's an illusion.

 

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These pages demonstrate visual phenomena, called »optical illusions« or »visual illusions«. The latter is more appropriate, because most effects have their basis in the visual pathway, not in the optics of the eye. I selected these based on relative novelty and interactivity. When I find the time I will expand the explanations , to the degree that these phenomena are really understood. Any nice and thoughtful comment welcome.


 

Linkshelf - your bookshelf of the Internet

linkshelf.com - Free web service

reviewed by Rodney, Dec 2005

add your comments?

 

Comments from Rodney

I use a site called linkshelf at http://www.linkshelf.com where you can store your links to websites, and are able to access them from any computer that has an internet connection. I thought to myself wouldn't it be nice to share my links with my friends; so I set up another account to do just that. It's a work in progress, but what ta hay might just as well put it out there. The only draw back is people wanting to alter the page having user privileges. If anyone can't help but want to share a link with me I set up a category called "links friends want me to see" for that purpose. Please do not modify the page in any other way. It took a lot of work to get it where it is, and there will be more links coming. So check back now and then. That being said the username is rodneyslinks, and the password is getlinks. I hope you enjoy it.

 

Notes from Clif

Thanks Rodney, it looks like a very cool service. I use Furl to keep my links handy. I noticed the Linkshelf website displays well in IE and Firefox. Unfortunately for me, it doesn't work with Opera.

 

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Linkshelf is your bookshelf of the Internet. With linkshelf you can store your bookmarks on a webpage so they always travel with you. Log on to linkshelf with your usersname and password and access your bookmarks from anywhere in the world. And the best part... it's free!


 

Panorama.dk - 360 degree panoramic photos

Website - Cool website

reviewed by Zia at Zia's CyberGuide, Dec 2005

comments?

 

Latest Updates from CyberGuide

VR GALLERY: PANORAMA.DK

 

Funny old Google ... I found this site while searching for the biography of Neil Armstrong.

 

At panoramas.dk you can see interactive 360 degree panoramas also called VR Photography by some of the best VR Photographers in the world. Check out one of my favourites, the Pyramids of Giza.


 

Websites I have visited recently

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NEW NEWS

Out for the holidays.

I won't be sending out a newsletter next week and the week after. I'll be celebrating Christmas and New Year's days with my family. I hope you all have a happy time then also.

 

Here are some websites that put me in the season spirit.

 

Christmas lights set to music

Shake the snow globe

Clearing snow from your driveway fast


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREEWARE ADVENTURE

 

Last week I challenged you all to try out the freeware program called MMM Free.

 

Freeware Games

This week I'd like to hear about more freeware games you people have tried and recommend. You'll see a few in the Feedback section below that people wrote in about.


 

Write your own review

 

I get many of the reviews in the newsletter from the readers. You don't have to be a genius or computer guru. Just answer a few questions and send me a review. I'll probably put you in the newsletter.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEEDBACK AND OTHER STUFF

 

Frapper - you people live all over the world!

Over 160 readers have put their location down in my Frapper map. If you haven't seen this, take a look.

 

I invite all of you to record your locations on this map. You can include as little or as much information as you wish. I think you'll enjoy seeing yourself there.

 

Here's a small look at the frapper map. Click and drag to see the rest of the world.

 


Two fun and free games

From: Igor

Comments : Two fun and free games: From Miniclip.com, the game Pengapop. Harmless, but lets you tke out your aggressions without destroying anything more dangerous than ice cream bars and frozen pizzas. The other is Chuzzle Deluxe. It'll lock you up if you're not careful. Not your 'puter, but the game locks up. Hehehehe.

 

Thanks Igor.


 

Temporary Internet Files

From Chuck:

I was just out looking around at some stuff on my C: drive because I found some .jpg files in a place I didn't put them and they weren't mine to begin with. I found 1000's of files from 1 to 800 bytes that are in a folder deep inside "Temporary Internet". My question is; what happens if I blow them away? They seem to mostly be small pictures that came in in advertizing emails and such. If I put them in trash and reboot would that tell me if they are important?

 

Hi Chuck, All of those temporary images and files come from using your internet browser, Internet Explorer. You can delete them whenever you wish.

 

See this article for details:

http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/delcache.htm


 

Cell phone games

From: Adeyemi

Dear Clif, Thanks a million for the great softwares provided regularly. More power to your elbow. Could you please help look for a free scrabble game for mobile phones e.g. SonyEricsson P900

 

Hi Adeyemi, Check here ...

http://www.getjar.com/products/3372/Scrabble

http://www.sonyericsson.com/fun/wxhtml/overview1?cc=US&lc=en

 

Let me know how it works out for you.


 

Executable Gmail attachments

From: Bill

Another trick with executables on Gmail is to rename the file type to ".txt". It will work fine, then you change it back when you need to open the file. I don't know if you can send it as ".exe.txt". This works with .zip files, too, which can be a problem if they contain .exe's.

 

They mail as attachments that way, as well, and it certainly gives your correspondents fair warning about executables!

 

Thanks Bill, good tip.


 

Roboform and Firefox

From: Michael

Clif - Roboform also has a version for Firefox (including ver. 1.5) and even a USB version so you can take it with you to use on other computers. This is one of the best utilities I have ever used - I even upgraded to the paid version and have never regretted it and I'm as cheap as anyone when it comes to paying for software!

 

Hi Mike, I agree, Roboform rocks! I use an old freeware version at:

http://www.321download.com/LastFreeware/page7.html#AI%20RoboForm

 

No limits on passcards, no cost. Works with Firefox too.


 

Kirby beta has more features

From: Whip

I love Kirby Alarm as well! Please tell all who want to try it that there are even more enhancements to the basic version awaiting them in the latest BETA. You will get a download link (just close down app, and install over it) once they register (free, of course). Lots of way cool new features!

 

Hi Whip, thanks for writing in to let us know.


 

Freeware Clocks and Timers

From: Respect2Glory

I've searched for small freeware Clocks and Timers more than a few times...

 

I'm lucky to have an earlier copy of a tiny (80 KB) program called Egg Timer Plus v1.0 (Now version 2.03 is $5.00/shareware) and it works fine for counting up or down. It will work with Win95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP. I found the freeware version at this FTP site.

 

Quote from http://www.sardinesoftware.com

Features: Dual, independant stopwatch timers for timing something from zero and counting up. Seperate countdown timer for timing almost anything. Audible sound for countdown completion. You have the choice to save preset countdown timers for quick access in the future.

- - -

 

I also have Multi Timer v 1.26 (122 kB) which I like because it allows 10 multiple and independent alarms, and it's still freeware.

 

Quote from Johannes Wallroth at http://www.programming.de

Features: The program provides 10 independent timers, for counting down or up. They can run up to 100 hours with an accuracy of 1 second. You can switch to an individual window for each timer or watch all ten of them at the same time. When you use the option "All", you can only Start and Stop the timers, for the settings you must go to the individual page of each timer. To get back to the "All" tab from any of the 10 timer tabs, you can click the left pointing arrow icon. To get to one of the 10 timer tabs from the "All" tab, just click at the blue (stopped) or read (running) appearing time field. and more...


 

Lots of links for freeware games

From: Giorgos

http://www.gamehippo.com (Freewares)

http://www.caiman.us/ (Freewares)

http://sourceforge.net/softwaremap/trove_list.php?form_cat=80

(Open Source games, at filters include (the v symbol) Windows ports and Multiplatform (e.g. Java or Python).

 

Don't exclude Linuxes because most of them have Windows port too, alternative try the search option. Also try to avoid the time who European users(like me) are online, because of server overloading (too slow))

 

http://www.miniclip.com/ (flash games)

http://liberatedgames.org/ (ex commersials, now freeware)

http://www.the-underdogs.org/company.php?name=Freeware (Underdogs, Freeware section)

http://www.megagames.com/news/html/freegames/freegames.shtml (Megagames, freeware section)

http://www.remakes.org/ (retro remakes)

http://retrospec.sgn.net/index.php (retro remakes)

http://www.freelunchdesign.com/ (Some real gems)

http://spielkultur.org/en/titel.html (Some real gems)

http://members.tripod.com/~Mr_all/index_e.htm (One of the best memory games, so difficult as you want)

http://www.joriswit.nl/sokoban/ (maybe the best Sokoban remakes)

http://www.fullyramblomatic.com/games.htm (Ben Yahtzee's)

http://www.agdinteractive.com/ (Do you loved Sir Graham?)

http://www.cheatbook.de/ (Do you want to cheat offline?)

http://www.bigbluecup.com/ (AGS)

http://vegard2.no/ (Vegard's home page, links to his pages, Mah-Jong, Solitairs etc.)

 

Wow! Lots of links. Thanks Giorgos


 

Good firewalls

From: Bob

Many firewalls report the ports as "closed:, but what you want is a firewall that reports nothing. Steve Gibson runs a great service at http://www.grc.com to test firewalls. I have not been able to find a centralized list as to which firewalls pass and which ones don't, but it would be most helpful. I found a great free one at http://www.netveda.com. Many great features and it completely stealths the computer, but it is a little hard to learn. As an example, cookies must be enabled in two places - it about drove me nuts!

 

BTW, some malware can turn off the more common firewalls, making them useless. There is a even a new virus that turns off almost all common anti-virus apps. I noticed this while browsing around Symantec's site - they acknowledged that it also turned off theirs!

 

The best defense against malware, including rootkits, is a program that will monitor software hooks and also unauthorized programs from running. I use ProcessGuard (which is not free), but there is also an excellent free program called WinPooch that does some of these functions. Not perfect, and sometimes a pain when you forget and try to run a new program, but about the best we have for now.

 

Thanks Bob, I had never heard of WinPooch before.


 

Never trust a wiki

From: Marcella

I just want to let you know that I really don't trust content in any "wiki" type group or newsletter. I'm sorry that you changed to one. You have asked for feedback and I'm giving it too you. You know, I don't understand how anyone can think a wikipedia could possibly be reliable when any kind of person can edit it. Makes no sense to me.

 

Hi Marcella, The problem with wikipedia is that anyone can post entries. There are 6 members in my wiki. Nobody else can post. If anyone wants to contribute to my wiki, they have to be voted in. See http://freewarewiki.pbwiki.com/JoinUs

 

Conversely, the power of wikipedia is that anyone can post entries. This means that you are generally going to find more articles about more subjects at wikipedia than anywhere else on the net. You may occasionally find misleading information, but generally it's all very good, and I trust wikipedia as much as I do any other website.

 

In general, most wikis do have a good deal more power over who contributes and who doesn't. Mine is very controlled, wikipedia's is very loose. That doesn't mean you can't trust most of the information at wikipedia. It also doesn't mean you can trust the information from me. You have to be the judge, no matter where you are. That's life, on and off the web.

 

What does wikipedia say about itself?

 

See also: Seigenthaler vs Wikipedia and Wikipedia vs Britannica


 

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