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May 7, 2006




Hi Everyone.

Thanks for reading my newsletter. Each week, I will have freeware reviews, tips, tricks, news, and lots of cool websites for you to check out.

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


In this edition is an intro to GABBLY CHAT-BOX that is near the end of this page. Stop in and chat or leave a few lines... we'll read it later. Now you know what the tones are that you are hearing! ~ Bec




SandBoxie - protection while surfing, protection while installing

Latest Updates from CyberGuide, Apr 2006




This an excellent tool ... A beautiful find from Gizmo. This neat little gadget allows you to safely surf the net in a virtual layer on your PC. To use Gizmo's words: it creates a special contained "sandbox" environment on your PC. While browsing within the virtual sandbox provided by Sandboxie you are totally corralled off from other parts of your PC. Any files you download are isolated to the sandbox. Similarly, any programs that are executed only do so within the sandbox and have no access to your normal files, the Windows operating system or any other part of your PC.


For a reckless geek who messes up every PC he touches by downloading and running all kind of programs, I simply love this!!!




visit CyberGuide's blog for a real treat


GMail Drive - set up a free hard drive online

Gmail Drive Homepage - Freeware

comments by Zia, updated 27 Nov 2006



Comments from Zia at CyberGuide

I once saw on a message board someone wondering what is the point of having an email storage of 1 Gigabyte... Well, after I found the Gmail drive, I realised that Uncle Google's email is extremely useful!


Notes from Clif (updated Apr 2006)

Since Zia's find of this utility, Gmail has increased storage to over 2.7 Gigabytes. That makes the Gmail Drive even more valuable for storing your backups or other files.


In addition to Gmail Drive there is also a FireFox browser extension called Gmail Space which allows you to upload files to your Gmail accounts.



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GMail Drive is a Shell Namespace Extension that creates a virtual filesystem around your Google Gmail account, allowing you to use Gmail as a storage medium.


GMail Drive creates a virtual filesystem on top of your Google Gmail account and enables you to save and retrieve files stored on your Gmail account directly from inside Windows Explorer. GMail Drive literally adds a new drive to your computer under the My Computer folder, where you can create new folders, copy and drag'n'drop files to.


Dictionary Tooltip for Firefox

review by ClifNotes, May 2006


The Dictionary Tooltip is the latest extension that I've added to my FireFox browser. I often run into words that I either don't recognize or I'm not sure are spelled correctly. This free extension will allow you to double click any word on a web page and get a definition from thefreedictionary.com website.



Get Dictionary Tooltip here


Fresh UI - Windows tweaking tool

review by ClifNotes, May 2006


Windows tweaking tools aren't new on the scene but I'd never tried this one. I found out first that it's not true freeware. You have to register at their website to use the program. They send you a download link and a license key in email. I wasn't real happy about that, but it's still free software.


After trying it out, I'm getting rid of it. I think some of the other tweak utilities are just as good without all the fuss of registering them. Microsoft makes a pretty good one called TweakUI and Snapfiles has a good selection of freeware tweaking tools too.



Here's a quote from the Fresh Devices website:

Fresh UI is a fresh solution for configuring and optimizing Windows. Loaded with hundreds of useful hidden settings in Windows XP/2000/NT/ 98/95/Me, this software covers the customizing and optimizing techniques that you'll be glad to know, such as:


  • Customizing Windows User Interface (UI)
  • Optimizing system settings
  • Optimizing hardware settings
  • Customizing Windows application settings
  • Controlling user environment with policies


Fresh UI is organized by section for easy navigation and completed with detail descriptions for easy reference.


Supported Operating Systems: Windows95/95SR2/98/98SE/ME/NT/2000/XP


Download Fresh UI


Zfone, encrypted VoIP from the makers of PGP

an article by Carlo, author of SpaghettiTech, March 2006


Philip Zimmerman, well known amongst the security savvy users for the renowned encryption software PGP (Pretty Good Privacy), just released a public beta version (currently for Mac OS X and Linux: the XP version will be released in April) of Zfone, a VoIP software based on a new protocol called ZRTP, which has some nice cryptographic features lacking in many other approaches to VoIP encryption ...



read the rest of the article at SpaghettiTech


Window Pinner - one window always on top

review from Pierre at les trouvailles de pierre, Apr 2006


This software makes it possible to place a window in front of all the other windows. Instead of constantly passing from a window to the other, click on the icon in the task bar and make your choice starting from the list. Click again to bring the window back to it's normal state.


Window Pinner




find more treasures at Pierre's Luck Finds


Freeware Book - Editor's Pick at FreewareArena



CategoryThe Freeware Book project
Author's NameFreewareArena
CompatibilityWin 98/NT/ME/2000/XP/2003
File Size429 Kb
PublishedMon Aug 22, 2005 5:45 pm
Last UpdatedSun Oct 16, 2005 10:24 pm



The project to promote and spread the word about freeware and freeware sites.


It is a project that originated in the summer of 2002 to showcase great freeware sites and resources in an electronic book format (it is also a browser).


It is a resource that is 100% freeware and 0% spyware or adware or in anyway shape or form ad supported.

It is a 'work in progress' (meaning a new updated version is available on the 9th of each month so please check back to get your latest copy).


The sole purpose of The FREEWARE BOOK is to present information that will enable visiblity to freeware sites of all levels to achieve recognition. It is to (hopefully) foster a community atmosphere for freeware sites, so that the clique system can be undone (the one in which there is an upper echelon of sites and all the rest. Or worse yet a class distinction in which high traffic sites can hold sway over search engine listings as well as having a stranglehold on traffic. Some 'big' sites can make in my opinion, demands about linking).


The 'book' is published monthly. It is a fair unbiased (it is done for ZERO compensation or any type of remuneration - be it monetary or 'favors') review and informational publication.


The other purpose is to inject energy into the freeware world. For with so much commercialism pervading the Net, freeware has been unfairly relegated to playing second fiddle on many sites (even some 'freeware' sites). As the misinformation about 'free downloads' online, many have no idea that a 'free download' is NOT neccessarily a true freeware download. So to spread the 'freeware word' is a prime message contained within The FREEWARE BOOK.


The long term goal of The Freeware Book is to foster the growth of freeware and freeware sites. Also to 'level the playingfield' for all freeware sites. To enable those that may not be as financially fortunate as others by providing a resource to be available to all without cost. Freeware sites would not exist were it not for the great works of the freeware authors who deserve full credit for the labors they perform.


Download the Freeware Book




Editor's Notes

With thousands of downloads already, the future of The FREEWARE BOOK is very bright. The FREEWARE BOOK welcomes input from all.


FreewareArena has strived since it's inception in 1997 to not only showcase great freeware but to also unselfishly list other great freeware sites which is only fair to visitors as no one site can truly list all freeware.


I will never 'sell out' by listing ads or so on, as freeware is created freely and should be distributed freely. The goal of this project is to benefit all, at this point primarily many freeware site operators so that they may deserve visibility that before may have been unavailable to them.


for hundreds of true freeware programs, visit FreewareArena


Google Calendar Review

article from DigitalZen, May 2006


I’ve taken a pretty good look at Google’s new calendar feature, and thought I’d pass along what I’ve found.


For an early beta, Calendar’s not bad. Is it as good as, say, Planzo? Not yet. I’m sure that it will eventually blow the competition out of the water, but it’s not yet feature rich enough to take the place of several of the older, more completely developed applications ...


read the rest of this review at DigitalZen

















Browser Security Tips from SecurityNow!

review by ClifNotes

article and audio from Leo and Steve at the SecurityNow! website, May 2006


Sometimes these two guys, Leo Laporte and Steve Gibson, talk a bit over my head. This week's podcast from SecurityNow was very good and covered how we have ended up with browsers that have security holes and an internet that's not safe to surf without a little knowledge.


Download the audio podcast (mp3)


Backing Up Your Firefox Bookmarks

tip from Terry's Computer Tips


(Terry's Computer Tips) Reader Frank Lid wrote to ask:




Do you know how I can back up my foxfire bookmarks? I used Firefox some time ago, and had a problem with it which required a reload, thereby wiping out my bookmarks....I would like to back them up, but can't find a "favorites" file like IE has.





for the answer, read Terry's article
















~Gabbly.com - gabbing at any website

review by ClifNotes


Now you can chat with anyone visiting a website by using Gabbly. To see who's gabbing at the freewarewiki...


Chat here:




Websites I have visited recently

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New Version of IE Beta 2 Released

news from Sarah In Tampa, Apr 2006


Ie7 Early today, Microsoft posted a new Beta 2 release of Internet Explorer 7, their new standalone browser for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. This is not a preview release, but the real deal...or perhaps I should say...the real "beta." Along with the release comes a new Add-Ons website for the IE 7 browser. From the IE Blog, Dean writes: "This evening we released IE7 Beta 2 at http://www.microsoft.com/ie. This release is not the preview or the update to the preview, but the real Beta 2 of IE7 for Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP1, and Windows XP 64-bit Edition. Simply: please try it." Changes to this release include some CSS behaviors, application compatibility feedback, reliability data, and user experience feedback. He jokingly adds, that "yes, we do analyze the information that comes when you click “Send Error Report”..." Good to know! Free phone support is being offered to customers in North America, Germany, and Japan to encourage people to try this beta software without fear of messing up their computer. Michael Arrington of TechCrunch notes of this new release: "The key features are tabbed browsing (including “Quick Tabs”, a way to see multiple web pages on a single tab), a continuation of the minimalist approach on the UI and toolbars, and enhancements to the RSS reader built into the browser." Looks like it's time to try the new IE!


see the latest tech news at Sarah In Tampa


April 11 patch re-released with fixes

By Brian Livingston at Windows Secrets Newsletter, Apr 2006


Notes from Clif:

I've seen a few letters recently, people desperately wondering what's happening to their PC's. I found some of the reasons in a Brian's newletter, below.


Microsoft re-released on Apr. 25 a security patch that had been issued 14 days earlier in the company's monthly Patch Tuesday schedule.


The original version of security bulletin MS06-015 causes problems with Microsoft Office and other apps when you try to open or save files in the My Documents folder; with Internet Explorer when you type Web addresses into the Address Bar; and with an untold number of other programs.


The Redmond company says the problems are being caused by older versions of HP Share-to-Web software, nVidia graphics drivers, and Kerio Personal Firewall. But I believe there may be other conflicts at work, as I discuss below.


In addition, Microsoft released a surprising number of other hotfixes and notices on Apr. 25. These include:


read the rest of the article for advice on how to fix Microsoft's misfiring updates


Google SketchUp

news from Sarah In Tampa, May 2006


Google has just released Google SketchUp, a 3-D modeling program that they are offering in 2 versions: a professional version licensed for commercial use, and a free one! With the SketchUp Free Edition you can make 3D models of houses, sheds, decks, home additions, woodworking projects, etc, etc. The models can then be placed in Google Earth, printed, or placed in the 3D Warehouse. Anything in the 3D Warehouse can be added to Google Earth or it can be used a base model that you can edit...and the the 3D Warehouse has some pretty cool models already!


see the latest tech news from Sarah In Tampa




Get Gmail!


You need a Gmail account to access many of the cool features at Google. I'll send you an invitation right away if you write me and say I WANT GMAIL.





















Frapper - you people live all over the world!

Wow! Over 300 people and still growing! 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 my frapper map.



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