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<h1><a class="pbTOC" name="WelcometoClifNotesNewsletter"></a><big>Welcome to Clif Notes Newsletter</big></h1>
<p><b>December 10, 2006</b>
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<table><tr><td width=200>&nbsp;<img src="http://freewarewiki.pbworks.com/f/clifsilver.jpg" class="wikiimage" />&nbsp;<p>Hi Everyone.<p><p>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.<p><p> I hope you enjoy this week's letter. Be sure to <a href="http://freewarewiki.com/ContactUs" target="_new" title="Send comments to Clif"><font color="green">write me</font></a> for advice or yell at me for messing up.<p><p><p><a href="http://gabbly.com/http:&#47;&#47;freewarewiki.com/ClifsCurrentNewsletter">Click here to chat while<p>visiting this newsletter!</a><p><p><img src="http://opi.yahoo.com/online?u=clif_note_s" alt="" width="12" height="12" /><a href="/ymsgr:sendim?clif_note_s">_Online?</a><p><p></td><td><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="#Winterbellsmakeyourrabbitsoar">Winterbells - make your rabbit soar</a></li><li><a href="#IsoPuzzlepiecingtogetherdamagedCDsorDVDs">IsoPuzzle - piecing together damaged CDs or DVDs</a></li><li><a href="#musikCubeclearlyorganizingandplayingyourmusic">musikCube - clearly organizing and playing your music</a></li><li><a href="#Knyttstrandedonastrangeplanet">Knytt - stranded on a strange planet</a></li><li><a href="#VectorScapesingleplayerspaceshooter">Vector Scape - single player space shooter</a></li><li><a href="#KidRocketKidsBrowsersafesurfingforyoungones">KidRocket Kids Browser - safe surfing for young ones</a></li><li><a href="#SendToNotepadhandyforcopyingtext">Send To Notepad - handy for copying text</a></li><li><a href="#ForecastFoxweatherforecastintheFirefoxstatusbar">ForecastFox - weather forecast in the Firefox status bar</a></li><li><a href="#InternetExplorer6ApplicationCompatibilityVPCImage">Internet Explorer 6 Application Compatibility VPC Image</a></li><li><a href="#OldNewsletter">Old Newsletter</a></li></ol><li><a href="#TIPSANDFEEDBACK">TIPS AND FEEDBACK</a><ol type="a"><li><a href="#MSMoleReportDefenderleavesthegatesopen">MS Mole Report - Defender leaves the gates open</a></li><li><a href="#Areregistrycleanerssafetouse">Are registry cleaners safe to use?</a></li><li><a href="#TipsfromCC">Tips from CC</a></li><li><a href="#AnotherAdobeAcrobatsecurityflaw">Another Adobe Acrobat security flaw</a></li><li><a href="#Commentslastweek">Comments last week</a></li></ol><li><a href="#COOLWEBSITES">COOL WEBSITES</a><ol type="a"><li><a href="#TonyvsPaulstopmotionvideoatitsbest">Tony vs Paul - stop motion video at it's best</a></li><li><a href="#PatinasTreasuresgreatWindowsthemes">Patina's Treasures - great Windows themes</a></li><li><a href="#Qunulivequestionsandanswers">Qunu - live questions and answers</a></li><li><a href="#XPGamesniceindexoffreegames">XP Games - nice index of free games</a></li><li><a href="#PasswordMakerOnepasswordtorulethemall">PasswordMaker - One password to rule them all</a></li><li><a href="#WebsitesIvevisitedrecently">Websites I've visited recently</a></li></ol><li><a href="#NEWNEWS">NEW NEWS</a><ol type="a"><li><a href="#SnapFilescomnewandupdatedfreeware">SnapFiles.com - new and updated freeware</a></li><li><a href="#NewsfromSarahinTampa">News from Sarah in Tampa</a></li><li><a href="#SecuritynewsfromMalwareAdvisor">Security news from Malware Advisor</a></li></ol><li><a href="#OTHERSTUFF">OTHER STUFF</a><ol type="a"><li><a href="#ChattingatFreewareWiki">Chatting at FreewareWiki</a></li><li><a href="#Frapperyoupeopleliveallovertheworld">Frapper - you people live all over the world!</a></li><li><a href="#Writeyourownreview">Write your own review</a></li><li><a href="#Whatdoyouhavetosay">What do you have to say?</a></li></ol></li></ol></li></div></td></tr></table><br clear="left" /></div></td></tr></table>
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="Winterbellsmakeyourrabbitsoar"></a>Winterbells - make your rabbit soar</h2>
<p>from <a class="WikiLink" id="p-f72eded1da9aba0d0a637a4c68b35e72203a87d0" href="/ClifNotes">ClifNotes</a>, Dec 2006, <a href="/WinterBells">permalink</a> <a href="https://freewarewiki.pbwiki.com/tags.php?pedit=WinterBells">_</a> <a href="http://freewarewiki.pbwiki.com/tags.php?ptag=Games">Games</a>
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<p>Winterbells is a simple, cute and very challenging flash game. I was pleased with it immediately and the game play is so simple that a five year old could kick my butt in no time at all.
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<p>Thanks to Mouser at <a class="WikiLink" id="p-0010d43fe5444a4bd7b382954becc29300d26872" href="/DonationCoder">DonationCoder</a> for this tip. 
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<p><a href="http://www.ferryhalim.com/orisinal/g3/bells.htm"><img src="http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/9963/indexphpactiondlattachtyw6.png" align="left" hspace="15"></a><b>Quote from the website</b><em>
<p>Use your mouse to move. Click mouse button to jump. Touch the bells to score.</em>
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<p><a href="http://www.ferryhalim.com/orisinal/g3/bells.htm">http://www.ferryhalim.com/orisinal/g3/bells.htm</a> <br clear="left">
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<p><img src=/f/pencilonpaper2.gif><a href="javascript:HaloScan('WinterBells');" target="_self"><script type="text/javascript">postCount('WinterBells');</script></a> <hr align="left" class="wiki"/>
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="IsoPuzzlepiecingtogetherdamagedCDsorDVDs"></a><a class="WikiLink" id="p-ded484272c5cfdfcc7ca46fd08e0b4c3adafd52b" href="/IsoPuzzle">IsoPuzzle</a> - piecing together damaged CDs or DVDs</h2>
<p>review from <a class="WikiLink" id="p-f72eded1da9aba0d0a637a4c68b35e72203a87d0" href="/ClifNotes">ClifNotes</a>, Dec 2006, <a href="/IsoPuzzle">permalink</a> <a href="https://freewarewiki.pbwiki.com/tags.php?pedit=IsoPuzzle">_</a> <a href="http://freewarewiki.pbwiki.com/tags.php?ptag=CD%20Ripping%20Tools">CD&nbsp;Ripping&nbsp;Tools</a>
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<p>I've got some old CDs. Some of them don't work so well. IsoPuzzle to the rescue ...
<p>Using this "experimental" ripper, you might get back more than you thought possible. It even seems to preserve bootable sections so that an operating system CD will still boot.
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<p>IsoPuzzle creates <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_image">ISO&nbsp;images</a> that I store on my backup drives. When I need to, I just load the ISO into a <a class="WikiLink" id="p-78825a000780255a75d32ecbe376ba9f7cf3004e" href="/VirtualCloneDrive">VirtualCloneDrive</a> to access it. If you need a real copy, most CD/DVD burner programs will let you use an ISO image to burn a new CD or DVD.
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<p><a href="http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/6674/isopuzzleot2.jpg"><img src="http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/6674/isopuzzleot2.th.jpg" align="left" hspace="15"></a><b>Quote from the website</b> <em>
<p>The goal of this program is to recover as much as possible data of damaged, bad burned or scratched CDs or DVDs. This version is experimental and supports only data CDs and DVDs with sectorsize of 2048 byte - Audio CD, VCD and SVCD are not supported. </em>
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<p><a href="http://www.geocities.com/marsoupilamis/DocEnglish.htm">http://www.geocities.com/marsoupilamis/DocEnglish.htm</a>
<p>Requires an ASPI DLL to be placed in the IsoPuzzle program folder.
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<p><img src=/f/pencilonpaper2.gif><a href="javascript:HaloScan('IsoPuzzle');" target="_self"><script type="text/javascript">postCount('IsoPuzzle');</script></a> <hr align="left" class="wiki"/>
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="musikCubeclearlyorganizingandplayingyourmusic"></a>musikCube - clearly organizing and playing your music</h2>
<p>review from Mouser, Dec 2006, <a href="/MusikCube">permalink</a> <a href="https://freewarewiki.pbwiki.com/tags.php?pedit=MusikCube">_</a> <a href="http://freewarewiki.pbwiki.com/tags.php?ptag=Music%20Management">Music&nbsp;Management</a>
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<ul><ul><li>From Mouser - admin of <a class="WikiLink" id="p-0010d43fe5444a4bd7b382954becc29300d26872" href="/DonationCoder">DonationCoder</a> <b> (<a href="http://www.donationcoder.com/Forums/bb/index.php?topic=6385">source&nbsp;thread</a>)</ul></ul>
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<p><div class="breakout"><p><em>musikCube is an open source grid-centric media player that has received a lot of attention on the DonationCoder<!--raw1Tag-->.<!--/raw1Tag-->com forums and is a fantasticly clean program designed for those who prefer clean organization above exotic skins.</em></p></div>
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<p><a href="http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/7975/screen15b4b72dss8.jpg"><img src="http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/7975/screen15b4b72dss8.th.jpg" align="left" hspace="15"></a></b>Quote from the website<b><em>
<p>musikCube is an mp3 player for the modern generation. It helps you just listen to what you want to hear, while offering innovative features not seen elsewhere. For the technical user, musikCube is based on an embedded SQL database engine known as sqlite. For the non technical user, that means its fast. Really fast. "Dynamic playlists" allow fully automatic, randomized playback of songs based on your observed listening habits. The more you listen, the smarter it gets. It also features browsable, user reorderable playlists. </em>
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<p><a href="http://www.musikcube.com/page/main">http://www.musikcube.com/page/main</a>
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<p>Drop on by and visit the <a class="WikiLink" id="p-0010d43fe5444a4bd7b382954becc29300d26872" href="/DonationCoder">DonationCoder</a>.com website for tips on great software.
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<p><img src=/f/pencilonpaper2.gif><a href="javascript:HaloScan('MusikCube');" target="_self"><script type="text/javascript">postCount('MusikCube');</script></a> <hr align="left" class="wiki"/>
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="Knyttstrandedonastrangeplanet"></a>Knytt - stranded on a strange planet</h2>
<p>review from Tony at <a class="WikiLink" id="p-bfdb187134d674925a42c79c7a29579c51423e4e" href="/TopFreeware">TopFreeware</a>, Dec 2006, <a href="/KnyttTheGame">permalink</a> <a href="https://freewarewiki.pbwiki.com/tags.php?pedit=KnyttTheGame">_</a> <a href="http://freewarewiki.pbwiki.com/tags.php?ptag=Games">Games</a>
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<p></b>From Tony:<b>
<p><div class="breakout"><p><em>Next game from Nifflas (Author of <a href="http://freewarewiki.pbwiki.com/ClifNotesNewsletter060528#WithinaDeepForestsavetheworldfromfrostbite">Within&nbsp;a&nbsp;Deep&nbsp;Forest</a>)</p><p>Got to the end it took me 3 days (3 hours each day)</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Another quality game. Enjoy</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Kind Regards</p><p>Tony</em></p></div>
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<p><img src="http://img519.imageshack.us/img519/1205/shot5401e8dil1.jpg" align="left" hspace="15"></b>Quote from the website<b> <em>
<p>The Knytt was abducted by an alien! Traveling through space, the UFO flies into a meteor and crashes on a nearby planet. Luckily, the Knytt and the alien survive, but the UFO is a wreck. How can the Knytt possibly find it's way back home again?
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<p>Knytt is a free platform game for Windows featuring exploration and atmosphere. </em> <br clear="left">
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<p><a href="http://knytt.ni2.se/">http://knytt.ni2.se/</a>
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<p></b>Drop on by <a href="http://topfreeware.net,">http://topfreeware.net,</a> for more of the best freeware ...<b>
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<p><img src=/f/pencilonpaper2.gif><a href="javascript:HaloScan('KnyttTheGame');" target="_self"><script type="text/javascript">postCount('KnyttTheGame');</script></a> <hr align="left" class="wiki"/>
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="VectorScapesingleplayerspaceshooter"></a>Vector Scape - single player space shooter</h2>
<p>review from <a class="WikiLink" id="p-f72eded1da9aba0d0a637a4c68b35e72203a87d0" href="/ClifNotes">ClifNotes</a>, Dec 2006, <a href="/VectorScape">permalink</a> <a href="https://freewarewiki.pbwiki.com/tags.php?pedit=VectorScape">_</a> <a href="http://freewarewiki.pbwiki.com/tags.php?ptag=Games">Games</a>
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<p></b>Very nice game!<b> I played it for 20 minutes and found it was worth the download. I like the fact that it's a no-install. Just download it, unzip it, and run it.
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<p><img src="http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/3259/vectorscape3cd215dbo4.jpg" align="left" hspace="15"></b>Quote from the author<b><em>
<p>Vetor Scape is a multi level space shooter with what I hope is a unique style to the graphics. The one failing that someone told me about it is the main craft of the player.
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<p>People like to fly 'porsches', not 'buicks'. I still like it.
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<p>No install needed</em> <br clear="left">
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<p><a href="http://www.blackratstudios.com/games-full-vectorscape.html">http://www.blackratstudios.com/games-full-vectorscape.html</a>
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<p><img src=/f/pencilonpaper2.gif><a href="javascript:HaloScan('VectorScape');" target="_self"><script type="text/javascript">postCount('VectorScape');</script></a> <hr align="left" class="wiki"/>
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="KidRocketKidsBrowsersafesurfingforyoungones"></a><a class="WikiLink" id="p-f825e1e129e9186ee74d8828984642e9168bf35f" href="/KidRocket">KidRocket</a> Kids Browser - safe surfing for young ones</h2>
<p>review from <a class="WikiLink" id="p-f72eded1da9aba0d0a637a4c68b35e72203a87d0" href="/ClifNotes">ClifNotes</a>, Dec 2006, <a href="/KidRocketKidsBrowser">permalink</a> <a href="https://freewarewiki.pbwiki.com/tags.php?pedit=KidRocketKidsBrowser">_</a> <a href="http://freewarewiki.pbwiki.com/tags.php?ptag=Web%20Browser">Web&nbsp;Browser</a>
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<p>This browser really does appear to be kid proof. I tried it out for awhile and attempted to get it to go to other websites than the safe ones it contains. It did a good job of keeping me from doing that. I give this one two thumbs up!
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<p><img src="http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/8/thumbkidrocketamdkr3be6to3.jpg" align="left" hspace="15"></b>Quote from the website<b><em>
<ul><li>Full featured childrens web browser<li>Fun, family friendly web sites for kids<li>Integrated Starfall reading program (Alphabet-ABCs).<li>Interactive math flashcards.<li>Configurable math equations.<li>Customizable browser colors (almost 250 colors)<li>Time in Use: timer<li>Digital Clock<li>Built-in popup blocker<li>Internet filter - Web blocker, except for approved sites view current sites<li>New Kidrocket<!--raw1Tag-->.<!--/raw1Tag-->org website & KidSafe version in web browser.<li>Fullscreen feature for all games on Kidrocket<!--raw1Tag-->.<!--/raw1Tag-->org<li>Improved "Lockdown" with ctrl+alt+delete disabling.<li>Art section with Doodle/Paint Pad & StarBrite (Lite-Brite) game.<li>Allow/Block Printing. (Ink cartridges are expensive nowadays =)<li>No expiration date.<li>There is no actual install process</em></ul>
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<p><a href="http://www.kidrocket.org/">http://www.kidrocket.org/</a>
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<p><img src=/f/pencilonpaper2.gif><a href="javascript:HaloScan('KidRocketKidsBrowser');" target="_self"><script type="text/javascript">postCount('KidRocketKidsBrowser');</script></a> <hr align="left" class="wiki"/>
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="SendToNotepadhandyforcopyingtext"></a>Send To Notepad - handy for copying text</h2>
<p>review from <a class="WikiLink" id="p-f72eded1da9aba0d0a637a4c68b35e72203a87d0" href="/ClifNotes">ClifNotes</a>, Dec 2006, <a href="/SendToNotepad">permalink</a> <a href="https://freewarewiki.pbwiki.com/tags.php?pedit=SendToNotepad">_</a> <a href="http://freewarewiki.pbwiki.com/tags.php?ptag=Misc.%20Utilities">Misc.&nbsp;Utilities</a>
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<p>I tried this one out at home and at work. I thought it might be handy. It is, but I typically use <a class="WikiLink" id="p-68ed8f2d24e6e367b97ef13a069a138c59efbc5b" href="/MetaPad">MetaPad</a> instead of Notepad and this thing will only work with Notepad. I still think it's pretty good though.
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<p><a href="http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/843/s2nscre3de1ben0.jpg"><img src="http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/843/s2nscre3de1ben0.th.jpg" align="left" hspace="15"></a></b>Quote from the website<b><em>
<p>Send To Notepad is a simple tool, which sits in your task bar. You can use it to paste the copied text automatically to notepad. It is very useful when you are browsing the internet. Just double click the icon in task bar, it opens the notepad with copied text in it.</em> <br clear="left">
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<p><a href="http://www.geocities.com/onlyutkarsh/s2n.html">http://www.geocities.com/onlyutkarsh/s2n.html</a> (site may be down temporarily)
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<p>alternate download
<p><a href="http://www.freewarefiles.com/downloads_counter.php?programid=17691">http://www.freewarefiles.com/downloads_counter.php?programid=17691</a>
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<p><img src=/f/pencilonpaper2.gif><a href="javascript:HaloScan('SendToNotepad');" target="_self"><script type="text/javascript">postCount('SendToNotepad');</script></a> <hr align="left" class="wiki"/>
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="ForecastFoxweatherforecastintheFirefoxstatusbar"></a><a class="WikiLink" id="p-eb98689a033c9de9555801b1813c606bf0848748" href="/ForecastFox">ForecastFox</a> - weather forecast in the Firefox status bar</h2>
<p>review from <a class="WikiLink" id="p-f72eded1da9aba0d0a637a4c68b35e72203a87d0" href="/ClifNotes">ClifNotes</a>, Dec 2006, <a href="/ForecastFox">permalink</a> <a href="http://freewarewiki.pbwiki.com/tags.php?pedit=ForecastFox">_</a> <a href="http://freewarewiki.com/tags.php?ptag=Browser%20Tools">Browser&nbsp;Tools</a>
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<p>This is awesome! Works great. You can customize the way that the weather is displayed in the status area of your Firefox browser. I'm always aware of the weather now, but I don't get outside very often. LOL
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<p><img src="http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/4264/forecastfox1130d4beuq5.png" align="left" hspace="15"></b>Quote from the website<b><em>
<p>Get international weather forecasts from AccuWeather.com, and display it in any toolbar or statusbar with this highly customizable and unobtrusive extension.</em>
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<p><a href="https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/398/">https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/398/</a> <br clear="left">
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<p><img src=/f/pencilonpaper2.gif><a href="javascript:HaloScan('ForecastFox');" target="_self"><script type="text/javascript">postCount('ForecastFox');</script></a> <hr align="left" class="wiki"/>
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="InternetExplorer6ApplicationCompatibilityVPCImage"></a>Internet Explorer 6 Application Compatibility VPC Image</h2>
<p>review from <a class="WikiLink" id="p-f72eded1da9aba0d0a637a4c68b35e72203a87d0" href="/ClifNotes">ClifNotes</a>, Dec 2006, <a href="/Ie6AppCompVpcImg">permalink</a> <a href="https://freewarewiki.pbwiki.com/tags.php?pedit=Ie6AppCompVpcImg">_</a> <a href="http://freewarewiki.pbwiki.com/tags.php?ptag=Misc.%20Utilities">Misc.&nbsp;Utilities</a>
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<p></b>I've tried it out, it works great. Too bad it's time limited ...<b>
<p>Basically, MS is giving us a virtual copy of Windows XP with IE6 installed so that webmasters can write pages that work well in all versions of Internet Explorer. First you fire up <a href="/MsVirtualPc">MS Virtual PC</a>, then load the new virtual hard drive. I'll use my copy for trying out programs I don't trust. 
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<p></b>Quote from IE Blog<b>
<p><em>Microsoft has recently made Virtual PC 2004 a free download; we’ve taken advantage of that by releasing a VPC virtual machine image containing a pre-activated Windows XP SP2, IE6 and the IE7 Readiness Toolkit to help facilitate your testing and development. The image is time bombed and will no longer function after April 1, 2007. We hope to continue to provide these images in the future as a service to web developers. (</em><a href="http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2006/11/30/ie6-and-ie7-running-on-a-single-machine.aspx"><em>source</em></a>)
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<p><img src="http://img92.imageshack.us/img92/622/msdlcntrlg8.jpg" align="left" hspace="15"></b>Quote from the website<b>
<p><em>A VPC hard disk image containing a pre-activated Windows XP SP2, IE6 and the IE7 Readiness Toolkit.
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<p>This VPC image will expire on 04/01/2007. </em>
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<p>Download - <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=21EABB90-958F-4B64-B5F1-73D0A413C8EF&displaylang=en">Internet&nbsp;Explorer&nbsp;6&nbsp;Application&nbsp;Compatibility&nbsp;VPC&nbsp;Image</a>
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="MSMoleReportDefenderleavesthegatesopen"></a>MS Mole Report - Defender leaves the gates open</h2>
<p>from <a class="WikiLink" id="p-033ae6dc06a8fe5b3f2af653a80ea67da5045ff2" href="/BillAllin">BillAllin</a>, Dec 2006, <a href="/WindowsDefender">permalink</a> <a href="https://freewarewiki.pbwiki.com/tags.php?pedit=WindowsDefender">_</a> <a href="http://freewarewiki.pbwiki.com/tags.php?ptag=Windows%20Tips">Windows&nbsp;Tips</a>
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<p></b>From Clif:<b>
<p>Once again, Bill Allin listens as MS Mole unloads the dark secrets that the Microsoft Developers Network is sworn to never tell.
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<p>Hi Clif,
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<p>Following a meeting with Microsoft this past week, MS Mole had a few tidbits
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<p>MS developers and resellers are quietly finding ways to disable Windows Defender in Vista. They believe it is not effective enough at catching malware. In almost every case where they disabled Defender and installed a different anti-malware program, the new program (often Spybot Search & Destroy) caught stuff that Defender had not recognized.
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<p>(Spybot issued an add-on this past week that fixes the button interface problem that was so annoying to many users. It's not the complete program, so users can install it right over top of the main program.)
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<p>MS staff confirmed that Defender is no more effective than 30 percent at catching malware in XP.
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<p>Internet Explorer 7 continues to cause concern for those responsible for fixing problems it has created in computers where it was installed. Most have told customers that they should wait at least a few months before getting a fresh version of IE7 for installation.
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<p>Developers have a new version of IE7 in hand, but confidentiality agreements prevent them from discussing anything about it, including its very existence. (The Mole is fearless in this regard.)
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<p>Resellers have found that IE7 has become a platform for Microsoft income streams. MS has many plugins for IE7 which it will happily sell to consumers who don't have the time to look for the same features that are free in other browsers.
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<p>Finally, Mole tells me that Microsoft offers a freeware program called Oasis Columbus that will open programs with a huge variety of formats that Windows would not normally recognize. It will only allow reading a program, not operating it, but this would be handy for those who want to see what is available in a program without going through the whole process of installation and test driving. He says Oasis Columbus is available from the MS web site, but it rather bulky so those with slower connection speeds should be aware of this.
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<p>I cannot say anything about Oasis Columbus because I have not used it.
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<p>Cheers Bill Allin
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="Areregistrycleanerssafetouse"></a>Are registry cleaners safe to use?</h2>
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<p></b>Letter from Eddie in Australia:<b>
<p><div class="breakout"><p><em>Hi Clif,</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I have read a lot about "Registry Cleaners" and how they can clean up 1000s of unwanted registry entries. Are these programs safe for the "ordinary" person to use, and can you cause any damage to your computer?.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Kindest regards,</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Eddie</em></p></div>
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<p><div class="breakout"><p>Hi Eddie,</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>There is some risk, but I've been using EasyCleaner for 3 or 4 years. About once a month does it for me. I'm guessing you wouldn't need to clean very often. Once every three months or so.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Have fun!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Clif</p></div>
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<p></b>What is the Windows Registry?<b>
<p>Your registry is a huge database that holds an inventory or location of many files, folders, programs and processes that reside on your computer. This information is often used to to run and locate the files needed to perform tasks. When files and programs are added or removed, the registry is changed to track these changes. Over time the registry becomes larger and less organized because of the changes. This can lead to poorer PC performance.
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<p>Cleaning your registry can sometimes cause problems. I have had only one minor problem in all my time using them. Using a registry cleaner that "backs up" the registry before it makes changes, is the safest to use. Most of those listed below have this feature.
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<p>The debate on whether or not you should use a registry cleaner has never been clearly won. I once got involved with a discussion of this at the <a class="WikiLink" id="p-0010d43fe5444a4bd7b382954becc29300d26872" href="/DonationCoder">DonationCoder</a> forum. I think Carol's response in <a href="http://www.donationcoder.com/Forums/bb/index.php?topic=1188.0">that&nbsp;forum&nbsp;thread</a> was a good warning. However, most folks never have a problem.
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<p>The best way to avoid registry problems is to make use of as many stand-alone or portable apps as you can. These types of programs generally don't use the registry or other external files.
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<p></b>More free registry cleaners:<b>
<p><font color="red">Click on the pictures to go to the website.</font>
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<p></b>EasyCleaner<b>
<p><a href="http://personal.inet.fi/business/toniarts/ecleane.htm" target="_blank"><img src="http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/6398/ecss156c1964cw7.th.jpg" align="left" hspace="15"></a></b>Quote from the website<b><em>
<p>EasyCleaner is a small program which searches the Windows registry for entries that are pointing nowhere. EasyCleaner also lets you delete all kinds of unnecessary files such as temps and backups. You can search for duplicate files and you can view some interesting info about your disk space usage! You are also able to manage startup programs, invalid shortcuts and add/remove software list. ToniArts may not be held accountable in any way if EasyCleaner affects your computer in a negative way.</em> <br clear="left">
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<p><a href="http://www.hoverdesk.net/freeware.htm" target="_blank"><img src="http://img184.imageshack.us/img184/7425/regfind5472290ye5.th.jpg" align="left" hspace="15"></a></b>Quote from the website<b><em>
<p>RegSeeker is a perfect companion for your Windows registry !
<p>RegSeeker includes a powerful registry cleaner and can display various informations like your startup entries, several histories (even index.dat files), installed applications and much more ! With RegSeeker you can search for any item inside your registry, export/delete the results, open them in the registry. RegSeeker also includes a tweaks panel to optimize your OS ! Now RegSeeker includes a file tool to search for duplicate files, bad shortcuts and more !</em> <br clear="left">
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<p></b>CCleaner<b>
<p><a href="http://www.ccleaner.com/" target="_blank"><img src="http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/5430/tour554f590aai7.th.jpg" align="left" hspace="15"></a></b>Quote from the website<b><em>
<p>CCleaner is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! :)</em> <br clear="left">
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<p></b>Eusing Free Registry Cleaner<b>
<p><a href="http://www.eusing.com/free_registry_cleaner/registry_cleaner.htm" target="_blank"><img src="http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/591/maininterface551ed03tk0.th.jpg" align="left" hspace="15"></a></b>Quote from the website<b><em>
<p>Eusing Free Registry Cleaner will scan your Windows registry for invalid or obsolete information and provide a list of the errors found. After fixing the invalid entries, your system will be more stable and run faster. For maximum safety, Eusing Free Registry Cleaner will make a backup of the repaired entries. You will be able to restore any changes made using the software by choosing Restore registry backup. Eusing Software products are free of spyware and adware.</em> <br clear="left">
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<p></b>jv16 Powertools <em>(last freeware version)</em><b>
<p><a href="http://www.321download.com/LastFreeware/index.html#jv16" target="_blank"><img src="http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/2643/registrycleaner5571999nw6.th.jpg" align="left" hspace="15"></a></b>Quote from the website<b><em>
<p>jv16 PowerTools is a full set of tools to keep your computer up and running. Until now your computer might have been the one who was in charge, but with jv16 PowerTools you can take control. The program contains all the tools you need for cleaning, controlling and tuning up your computer. Including a registry cleaner, duplicate file finder, temp file finder and much much more! Installation note: Do NOT run the program before you have copied it to its final destination. If you move the program after you have used it even once it starts asking for a password and you must re-install the program before you can use it again.</em> <br clear="left">
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<p></b>TweakNow RegCleaner Standard<b>
<p><a href="http://www.tweaknow.com/RegCleaner.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://img295.imageshack.us/img295/6940/tweaknowregcleaner155d0ka0.th.jpg" align="left" hspace="15"></a></b>Quote from the website<b><em>
<ul><li>Fast: using a high performance engine, TweakNow RegCleaner quickly scan your registry to find obsolete entries.<li>Accurate: using complex algorithm TweakNow RegCleaner accurately identify obsolete entries.<li>Secure: TweakNow RegCleaner automatically create backup file before deleting obsolete entries from your registry.<li>Flexible License: TweakNow RegCleaner available in two licenses, commercial and non commercial (free).</em>  <br clear="left"></ul>
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<p></b>Do you have any more suggestions?<b>
<p>Make a comment below.
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<p>You say you are running out of material? What everyone is doing is re-writing their apps to be compatible with vista, and I venture to say that was once free will no longer be free ...
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<p></b>Paint<!--raw1Tag-->.<!--/raw1Tag-->NET<b>
<p>Quote: "<em>Every feature and user interface element was designed to be immediately intuitive and quickly learnable without assistance. It is also designed to be immediately familiar to users of the original  MS Paint software that comes with Windows.</em>"
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<p>This program is in its final stages of testing They ? say that the final version will be Dec. 31 so far the beta versions have been free. It will give PhotoShop a run for its money. The latest version is compatible with anything out there free and shareware. The only thing is that it is time sensitive and you have to re- install to get the next version, its all automatic.
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<p>Quote: "<em>With CleverKeys for Windows you can look up words from almost any application, including Microsoft Word, Web browsers and e-mail programs. CleverKeys is easy to use and easy to install.</em>"
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<p>This is a oldie but goodie if you are still running all of those "free" office apps 
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="AnotherAdobeAcrobatsecurityflaw"></a>Another Adobe Acrobat security flaw</h2>
<p></b>Dec 2006 from E. La Orden<b> <a href="/AnotherAcrobatSecurityFlaw">permalink</a>
<p><div class="breakout"><p>Dear Sir:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>On page <a href="http://www.adobe.com/support/security/advisories/apsa06-02.html">http://www.adobe.com/support/security/advisories/apsa06-02.html</a></p><p>(Adobe web site) you may find the following text:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>"<em>Adobe is aware of a recently published report of potential vulnerabilities in Adobe Reader and Acrobat. These vulnerabilities would cause the application to crash and, although Adobe is not aware of any specific code exploits at this time, could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Affected software versions: Adobe Reader 7.0.0 through 7.0.8 and Adobe Acrobat Standard and Professional 7.0.0 through 7.0.8 on the Windows platform when using Internet Explorer. Users of other browsers are not affected.</em>"</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>On that page there is also a workaround to this problem.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I think that it may help your readers to know it.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Yours truly,</p><p>          E. La Orden</p></div>
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<p>Yes, this is one of many security flaws that have taken place over the years. I now recommend <a href="/FoxitPdfReader">Foxit PDF Reader</a>. Two other useful PDF programs are <a class="WikiLink" id="p-e6b71648993354ce0c83d1bb6bffea2a56f8bd95" href="/CutePdf">CutePdf</a> and <a class="WikiLink" id="p-7ec363730981bb45384bd68630694bd9b54a28a5" href="/TomahawkPdf">TomahawkPdf</a>.
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<p>I noticed that there is now a <a href="http://www.adobe.com/products/reader/">new&nbsp;version&nbsp;of&nbsp;Adobe&nbsp;Reader</a>. If you must use Adobe Reader, you might want to try <a class="WikiLink" id="p-6ef3c18fea8b4fd305895fbb082733cfa0e32bfd" href="/PdfSpeedup">PdfSpeedup</a>.
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<p>Here's another interesting page about Adobe Reader.
<p><a href="http://snipurl.com/14izr">http://snipurl.com/14izr</a>
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<p>Thanks for writing.
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<p>Thanks to everyone who commented on the articles last week. You gave me more ideas and some good advice. If you see comments on an article, you will be missing out if you don't click on them to take a look.
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<p><a href="/X-Moto">X-Moto</a> - motocross racing on your PC • <a href="javascript:HaloScan('X-Moto');" target="_self"><script type="text/javascript">postCount('X-Moto');</script></a>
<p><a href="/AutumnBrookTheme">Autumn Brook Theme and Screensaver</a> • <a href="javascript:HaloScan('AutumnBrookTheme');" target="_self"><script type="text/javascript">postCount('AutumnBrookTheme');</script></a>
<p><a href="/TipsFromTiffany">Tips from Tiffany</a> • <a href="javascript:HaloScan('TipsFromTiffany');" target="_self"><script type="text/javascript">postCount('TipsFromTiffany');</script></a>
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<p><a href="/GrandpasGuide">A Grandchild's Guide to Using Grandpa's Computer</a> • <a href="javascript:HaloScan('GrandpasGuide');" target="_self"><script type="text/javascript">postCount('GrandpasGuide');</script></a>
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="TonyvsPaulstopmotionvideoatitsbest"></a>Tony vs Paul - stop motion video at it's best</h2>
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="PatinasTreasuresgreatWindowsthemes"></a>Patina's Treasures - great Windows themes</h2>
<p>review from <a class="WikiLink" id="p-f72eded1da9aba0d0a637a4c68b35e72203a87d0" href="/ClifNotes">ClifNotes</a>, Dec 2006, <a href="/PatinasTreasures">permalink</a> <a href="https://freewarewiki.pbwiki.com/tags.php?pedit=PatinasTreasures">_</a> <a href="http://freewarewiki.pbwiki.com/tags.php?ptag=Cool%20Website">Cool&nbsp;Website</a>
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<p>Patina's Treasures is a very nice looking website where you can find clean Windows desktop themes.
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<p>Keep up the good work Patti.
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<p><a href="/f/PatinasTreasures.jpg"><img src="/f/1165703254/PatinasTreasures-200.jpg" align="left" hspace="15"></a></b>Quote from the website<b><em>
<p>Welcome! My name is Patti and this is my creative home in cyber space. I call it Patina's Treasures because I have always felt that my favorite place on earth has to be the vast oceans and all the beauty within them. Weekend boat trips always seem to put the world's problems back on land for me. While out at sea, I enjoy collecting shells, snorkeling and diving.  These are some of the things in life that I treasure most. Now that I've become a "little" computer savvy, I spend my time creating these desktop themes and find them to be something that my cyber friends can treasure as well. I just hope you don't have to dive too deep to find the treasure that's right for you.
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<p><a href="http://www.patinastreasures.com/">http://www.patinastreasures.com/</a>
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="Qunulivequestionsandanswers"></a>Qunu - live questions and answers</h2>
<p>from Nipun in Zimbabwe, Dec 2006, <a href="/QunuLive">permalink</a> <a href="https://freewarewiki.pbwiki.com/tags.php?pedit=QunuLive">_</a> <a href="http://freewarewiki.pbwiki.com/tags.php?ptag=Web%20Service">Web&nbsp;Service</a>
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<p></b>Letter from Nipun:<b>
<p><div class="breakout"><p><em>Hey Clif</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Howzit goin?  Help me get the word out about Qunu.  It's not a download but its definitely free.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Qunu is a service where, ok let's suppose i can't figure out what a particular HTML tag means.  Normally I would have to scour the web.  I could post a question on a forum but it could take months to get a response.  Instead I log on to qunu and chat in real-time with an expert on HTML.  That's basically the premise of Qunu.  It hooks up experts with those who need their help.  It's completely free and even though I haven't even registered with them I can already see the benefits.  Qunu can provide lots of help when you need it.  Check it out</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Regards</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Nipun</em></p></div>
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<p><em>What's Qunu? Qunu is a search engine for people. We use instant messaging to connect -- in real time -- people who have (for now) software or tech-related questions with experts who are passionate and willing to help.</em>
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="XPGamesniceindexoffreegames"></a>XP Games - nice index of free games</h2>
<p>review from Zia's <a class="WikiLink" id="p-bb9664fafa4c7ae711111a512f25f1100c6ff5b9" href="/CyberGuide">CyberGuide</a>, Dec 2006, <a href="/XpGames">permalink</a> <a href="https://freewarewiki.pbwiki.com/tags.php?pedit=XpGames">_</a> <a href="http://freewarewiki.pbwiki.com/tags.php?ptag=Games">Games</a>
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<p></b>Latest Updates from cyberguide<b>
<p><em>GAMING: FREE XP GAMES
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<p>A nicely laid-out web page with a list of free XP games available in cyberspace...Now, if only I had the time to play them!
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<p><img src="http://img179.imageshack.us/img179/8610/xpgamesec81d6tx2.png" align="left" hspace="15">The following games are 100% free full games, not Demos or Shareware. None have any Adware or Spyware. Every game listed has been installed and tested for basic compatibility with Windows XP. Most of the Games will work on Windows 2000 and older versions of Windows just check the requirements. Hopefully this will provide you with some good entertainment without ever having to spend a dime.</em>
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="PasswordMakerOnepasswordtorulethemall"></a><a class="WikiLink" id="p-b48a13bfc7ab84a3c6bb89c0099fefd7c24c809b" href="/PasswordMaker">PasswordMaker</a> - One password to rule them all</h2>
<p>review from <a class="WikiLink" id="p-f72eded1da9aba0d0a637a4c68b35e72203a87d0" href="/ClifNotes">ClifNotes</a>, Dec 2006, <a href="/PasswordMaker">permalink</a> <a href="https://freewarewiki.pbwiki.com/tags.php?pedit=PasswordMaker">_</a> <a href="http://freewarewiki.pbwiki.com/tags.php?ptag=Security%20Tools">Security&nbsp;Tools</a>
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<p></b>Here's a great way to safely keep track of passwords online. <b>
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<p>By the way, their motto "One password to rule them all" isn't unique. I wrote a review of <a href="http://clifnotes.mybesthost.com/reviews/Password%20Generator%20-%20one%20password%20to%20rule%20them%20all.htm">Password&nbsp;Generator</a> a long time ago with the same caption. That's ok, they can use it anyway.
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<p><em>If you're like most people, you have a few passwords that you use over and over again on many different websites. You know this isn't secure, yet you do it anyway. Why? Because it's difficult to remember a unique password for each and every web site that requires one. Password Maker is a small, lightweight, free, extension for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Mozilla, Netscape, Flock, and Yahoo! Widgets which creates unique, secure passwords that are very easy for you to retrieve but no one else. Nothing is stored anywhere, anytime, so there's nothing to be hacked, lost, or stolen.</em>
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<p><img src="http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/9689/snapfileslogovz5.jpg" align="left" hspace="20"> Source - <a href="http://snapfiles.com/freeware">http://snapfiles.com/freeware</a><br clear="left">
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="SecuritynewsfromMalwareAdvisor"></a>Security news from Malware Advisor</h2>
<p><a href="http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/344/newspy252d298hz0.jpg"><img src="http://img75.imageshack.us/img75/5296/tic60x605yjlm9.jpg" align="left" hspace="10"></a>blog by <a class="WikiLink" id="p-b9736f2e831d0eecc9cb6c551604885468823bfc" href="/TeMerc">TeMerc</a> Internet Countermeasures, <a href="http://temerc.blogspot.com/"><em>source</em></a><p>Infected? Go to <a href="http://temerc.com">http://temerc.com</a> for help<br clear="left">
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<p></b><big>Get Gmail! and Get Firefox!</big><b>
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<p>You need a free 2.7 GB 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 <a href="http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v88/clif_notes/?action=contact&subject=I_WANT_GMAIL">I&nbsp;WANT&nbsp;GMAIL</a>.
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<p>I think Gmail works best in the awesome Firefox browser. It's free, easy to use, and it's way more secure than Internet Explorer. My favorite thing to do is to customize Firefox so that it does much more than IE ever could. <em>You can select new button controls for your toolbars, install extensions to add new features, or change the look of your browser with themes - the way Firefox looks and works is under your control.</em>
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<p><a href="http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/">Get&nbsp;Firefox!</a><hr align="left" class="wiki"/>
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="ChattingatFreewareWiki"></a>Chatting at <a class="WikiLink" id="p-751b98638be54fd753a253312824cabf8de54dfb" href="/FreewareWiki">FreewareWiki</a></h2>
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<p>Now you can chat with anyone visiting a website by using Gabbly. To see who's gabbing at this website, <a href="http://gabbly.com/http:&#47;&#47;freewarewiki.com/ClifsCurrentNewsletter">click&nbsp;here</a>.
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<h2><a class="pbTOC" name="Frapperyoupeopleliveallovertheworld"></a>Frapper - you people live all over the world!</h2>
<p>Wow! Over 400 people and still growing! I invite all of you to record your locations on </b><a href="http://www.frappr.com/clifnotesnewsletter">this&nbsp;map</a>**. You can include as little or as much information as you wish. I think you'll enjoy seeing yourself there.
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<p>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 <a href="/WriteYourOwnReview">send me a review</a>. I'll probably put you in the newsletter.<hr align="left" class="wiki"/>
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<p><big><b>Have fun and surf safely.</b></big>
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