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Welcome to Clif Notes Newsletter

January 28, 2007

 

 

  

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.

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REVIEWS

 

WinPatrol 2007 Beta - Scotty is on patrol with a new feature

review from ClifNotes, Jan 2007, permalink _ Security Tools

 

I saw a new version of WinPatrol available and immediately went out to try it. I wasn't disappointed. WinPatrol has been on my machines for the last two years and I'd feel like my PC was naked without it.

 

As usual, Scotty, the Windows watchdog sits in the system tray and barks to warn you when an application makes changes to your Windows system that he feels could be important. I've previously mentioned intrusion detection software before and WinPatrol does a good job for me.

 

Quote from the website

The newest feature of WinPatrol will greatly accelerate your system startup time. While WinPatrol 2007 has been improved in many ways our favorite new feature is called "Delayed Start". You probably have programs which you do want running in the background but you don't need to launch immediately on boot up. WinPatrol's Delayed Start allows you to specify the time to wait before launching programs which may typically try to load while other system initialization are happening.

 

Scotty is away right now

He's on my PC watching for malware

but I'm willing to share him with you


 

http://www.winpatrol.com/beta2007.html

 


 

Desktop Sidebar - have it all at your fingertips

review from blupwrdup, Jan 2007, permalink _ Desktop Tools

 

From maestro blupwrdup:

 

This handy sidebar comes with a few useful functions. An analog clock, performance meters for checking CPU / Memory usage / Disk activity / Swap file usage / Active Apps / Network activity and disk usage. A calendar, quick link to your media player, volume control, quick launch, system tray, slideshow, recycle bin, clean system, weather summary, file browser, e-mail checker and a Newsroom where you can add RSS feeds. Plus an assortment of skins and plug-ins you can add. Unfortunately to add some of these plug-ins you need NET. Framework (Shriek) installed. This sidebar can be customized any way you want it, the help file does a pretty good job of explaining things.

 

In general terms, I was extremely impressed. This sidebar is full of surprises, here are just a few functions. Place the sidebar on the right or left sides of the desktop or have it float. Lock it down or autohide. Stretch the size of bar. Open and close panels. Undock panels ( To re-dock the panel on bar - you need to drag and drop it back on to bar ). Hovering over a panel will pop open another window with information. Right click on a panel for properties where you can change the panel settings; or for instance: right click the windows media player - it brings up the entire menu (Very Kewl). Two items that bugged me. First, after installation and startup, the bar opened up by default on the rightside and shoved all the icons to the left. No problem, thanks to icon restore I was able to rectify that situation. In order to correct this problem, at the top of Sidebar right or left click and open up options. Click open ( appearance ) go to position section and change ( Z-order ) from always on top to normal or on desktop. This setting prevents the icons from being blasted to the port side every time the sidebar opens. Second, I set the program to run when Windows starts. This program needs time to load and it caused all kinds of flickering on the desktop, the icons flickered like a pinball machine. To me this is annoying. So, now I just open Sidebar from quick start. Other than these two minor irritations, I'll give this application four stars out of five.

 

As always... have fun. Cheers and Beers !

 

Blupwrdup

 

Here is a desktop snapshot of what SideBar looks like with slideshow open.

 

Click to expand the picture.

Quote from the website

Breaking News... Critical Appointments... Personal Photo Gallery... Convenient Toolbars... Favorite Cartoon... Instant Web Searches... Task Tracking... Music Library... Notes to File... Weather in Tokyo... You can have it all and more at your fingertips with Desktop Sidebar!

 

http://www.desktopsidebar.com/

 


 

Browster - previewing links is easy

review from Tiffany, Jan 2007, permalink _ Browser Tools

 

From Tiffany:

Hi Clif,

 

Here's another must have program for you. I've been using it for several days now and wouldn't be without it.

 

Browster is a free add-on for IE and/or Firefox that will cut your browsing time in half. How many times have you gone to a webpage, waited impatiently for it to appear, only to find out it wasn't what you wanted after all? Now you can mouse over a link, and the HTML page will pop up instantly. No more opening and closing web pages that aren't right, then hitting the back button to start all over again. You'll save time and clicks with Browster by knowing where you're going before you get there!

 

For fans of MySpace, Browster even includes a special tool for use on MySpace that allows users to quickly and easily view the profiles their friends. Using the latest technology, Browster provides instant gratification, not only saving you time, but making browsing much easier and a lot more fun. View the interactive demo and see what you've been missing:

 

Quote from the website

What is Browster?

  • Browster is the quickest way to browse through search results and other lists of links.
  • It is a free browser plugin that automatically prefetches links and provides a fast preview window to view a page quickly before committing to go there.
  • Browster's prefetching and previewing capability can cut the time required to go through search results and other links by as much as 50%.
  • This helps internet users achieve more effective searches in less time.
  • Browster is available today for Internet Explorer and soon for Firefox.

 

http://www.browster.com/

 


 

Chatango - add free live chat to email or web pages

Tip from Tiffany, Jan 2007, permalink _ Instant Messaging

 

From Tiffany:

Hi Clif,

 

Have you ever tried Chatango, (http://www.chatango.com/) a popular chat used by many on StumbleUpon? With several button styles to choose from, it also puts a button in Outlook or Outlook Express, allowing you to chat with email recipients, on a webpage or any other place you choose. If you're not online when someone wants to chat with you, they can leave a message and Chatango will send you an email informing you that you have a message waiting. You may then go to your message box at your convenience to retrieve the message. The only drawback would be that it's a typing chat only; no voice. Other than that, it's a neat little program!

 

From Clif:

Hi Tiffany.

 

Thanks for the cool tip. I checked out the services they offer and I eyeballed their terms of service and their privacy policy. These guys rock on all accounts. If I do add a chat box here, this would be my first choice.

 

Quote from the website

Chatango lets you do three cool things:

  1. You can create your own chat room, a Chatango group for your web page. This is a public chat, and all messages stay in the group history. As a group owner, you can block people from your group, and delete messages from it.
  2. You can put Chatango private chat MINI box into your page. This is a private one-on-one chat between your page visitors and you. You can put Chatango MINI box in your Xanga, Myspace, Friendster, Piczo or in your eBay stores to increase your sales.
  3. You can search Chatango for users near you, who are online and who have similar interests. When you login, you can scroll the list of people's profiles, or you can use search to make new friends and chat with them in real time.

 

http://www.chatango.com/

 


 

Box Widget - file sharing at blogs, MySpace, and more

review from ClifNotes, Jan 2007, permalink _ Blog Tools

 

Bob Constans wrote to me ...

this looks pretty cool, especially if you can use it in the wiki

 

Thanks Bob, how about some psychedelic rock from my friend JimiPocius?

 


Get your own Box.net widget and share anywhere!

 

Quote from the website

Online File Storage Access important files from any computer Share photos, and files too big for email Host media on your blog or website Sub-accounts and RSS feeds for groups 1GB for free ...

1. Click "Create your own widget" link on the widget

2. Enter your email address and make up a password

3. Choose a title for the widget, pick the size and color

4. Copy the code provided and add it to your page

5. The widget will appear on your page and prompt you to upload files

6. Upload away! You can add music, photos, videos, and files!

 

  • Box email uploading (This feature is still in BETA.) See Options > Box News! http://blog.box.net

 

 

http://box.net

 


 

X-Cleaner Micro Edition - now and then, a quick scan really helps

review from ClifNotes, Jan 2007, permalink _ Adware & Spyware Removal

 

I just like tiny applications that are contained in a single executable file. I like them even more when they are good at what they do. I really like X-Cleaner Micro.

 

It's a simple download, then you are off and scanning. The website offers an ActiveX scan running out of Internet Explorer, but since I use Firefox, which lacks ActiveX, I don't use it. I did find that just under the link to the ActiveX program was a link to this single executable file.

 

It's not hidden, it's just not obvious.

 

 

Wrong! Never open or run an application from a web browser link. Always download it so your built in intrusion detection software can scan it.

 

Quote from the website

This online scanner was developed by FaceTime Security Labs, makers of the X-Cleaner Spyware Remover.

 

http://www.spywareguide.com/onlinescan.php

 


 

Stinger - remove the sting from virus and trojan infections

 

review from ClifNotes, updated Jan 2007, permalink _ Adware & Spyware Removal

 

McAfee is well known for it's anti-virus software. Usually, you have to pay for their protection. They offer the free Stinger tool to help people clean out infections from PC's that don't have a good anti-virus program, or have had the anti-virus protection disabled somehow. It's a great tool you can use to help your neighbors, family and friends when they've got a problem. There is no installation required. Just download it and run it. It works on all Windows PC's as far as I know.

 

Quote from the website

Stinger is a stand-alone utility used to detect and remove specific viruses. It is not a substitute for full anti-virus protection, but rather a tool to assist administrators and users when dealing with an infected system. Stinger utilizes next generation scan engine technology, including process scanning, digitally signed DAT files, and scan performance optimizations.

 

http://vil.nai.com/vil/stinger/

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Newsletter

 

I like to look back and see what I was thinking about. Here's another letter from the wayback machine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIPS AND FEEDBACK

 

Tip from CC - Klipfolio Update

Jan 8 2007, Permalink

 

Klipfolio 3.0 beta 4

http://www.klipfolio.com

 

other skins available including vista

Quote from the website

Track personalized RSS, weather, news, blogs, forums, downloads, auctions, and more with your own collection of Klips.

 


 

The Zen Penguin - Bill tries Linux

tip from BillWebb, Jan 2007, permalink _ Operating System

 

From Clif:

Bill Webb recently wrote me with a cryptic message and a link.

Might be of interest. http://tinyurl.com/36f3ab

 

This lead me to one of Bill's great dissertations on his adventures in cyberspace. See a sneak preview here.

 

From Bill as DigitalZen:

Now that I’ve got the new computer settled down and running the way I want, I decided to experiment with a Linux distribution. Those of you who have been in a galaxy far, far away for the past fifteen years or so can read about Linux here.

 

Why? In a word, Windows. While there’s no real rush to change anything, since we’re running XP Pro (which will be supported by Micro$oft for at least five more years), eventually I will have to look at either buying a new machine or upgrading the operating system on our present one for some reason. Change is inevitable. While it’s likely some distance down the road, I’d like to know something about options ... read the rest

 

Quote from the website

About Digtital Zen: Computer dharma 1-A, and a little philosophy and politics.

DZ was honored as Time's Person of the Year in 2006

 


 

Vista Freebies for XP - for the Vista look and feel

review from blupwrdup, Jan 2007, permalink _ Desktop Tools

 

From blupwrdup, geek and musician:

Hi Clif ....

 

I received a freeware Google alert directing me to PC World where I found several XP based freebie downloads that simulate some of Vista "Windoze" fanciful graphical features. Without having to break open your piggy bank and purchase the new and improved bug infested Vista ( making Billy Gates richer) these applications will make the XP perform like the new Windows operating system. It appears these free downloads have been around since 2005. Surprised I haven't picked up on them sooner. Oh well, better late then never. Reminds me of The Who's classic lyric, " My name is Tommy, and I became aware this year."

 

Perhaps you are already conscious of these goodies, if not here is a brief description of each app. and the download sites.

 

I just don't have the time right now to install all of them and review, maybe someone in your readership will take up the task. In what limited spare time I do have, I did install ( DesktopSidebar ) and monkeyed around with it.

 

As always... have fun. Cheers and Beers !

 

Blupwrdup

 

Folder Marker

License Type: Free

Operating Systems: Windows XP

File Size: 985KB

 

Give XP the look and feel of Vista with these icons. Customize your folder icons and icon backgrounds with Vista icons. FolderMarker is a snap to use, and you can pick up a bunch of Vista icons.

http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64387-order,1-page,1-c,desktop/description.html

 

JetStart Free

License Type: Free

Operating Systems: Windows 2000, Windows 9.x, Windows Me, Windows XP

File Size: 891KB

 

Get a Vista Start menu without upgrading your operating system. Tired of digging into crowded Start Menu? Want to get some Vista functionality without upgragrading? JetStart offers quick access to categorized Start Menu shortcuts, recently launched programs, and system commands.

http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,61605-order,1-page,1-c,desktop/description.html

 

Visual Task Tips

License Type: Free

Operating Systems: Windows XP

File Size: 90KB

 

See a miniature image of a task in the Taskbar. Here's a clever tool that pops up a preview -- a miniature image -- of the task in the Taskbar. Scroll your mouse wheel up or down on the image to size it.

http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64386-order,1-page,1-c,desktop/description.html

 

FastFolder

License Type: Free

Operating Systems: Windows 2000, Windows XP

File Size: 93KB

Author: Bernie Madigan

 

Quick access for commonly used folders. FastFolder allows quick access to 12 pre-selected folders from the system tray.

http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,29680-order,1-page,1-c,desktop/description.html

 

LaunchBar Commander

License Type: Free

Operating Systems: Windows 2000, Windows XP

File Size: 1610KB

 

Launch apps and files fast. You can create multiple docks to launch applications and documents with this freebie.

http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64388-order,1-page,1-c,desktop/description.html

 

 


 

Wrestling the Dragon - Comodo Firewall vs Bill Allin

tip from BillAllin, Jan 2007, permalink _ Personal Firewalls

 

From Clif:

Bill had mentioned to me that he'd had some problems with an installation of Comodo. I asked him for the story, and he gave it to me. It's a bit long, but how can a geek resist ...

 

Thanks for the story Bill ...

 

Never Trust A Naked Activation Code

 

I have neither the skill nor the knowledge to determine whether or not Comodo Firewall Pro (formerly Comodo Personal Firewall) is an effective security device or not. I do, however, have an abundance of experience with Comodo and its support services.

 

Comodo Personal Firewall (CPF) installed without problems on my computer and was exceedingly user friendly for a few days. After installation, you used an application code to activate the program (more correctly, to validate it). The code was emailed to users after each download of the program. It worked perfectly.

 

When I installed the same program on my wife’s computer (from her computer, but having sent the file across our internal network), I naively tried to use my own activation code on her application. I have no idea how a whole septic tank managed to empty itself into my face from of that huge fan.

 

Seeing that my activation code would not work on my wife’s computer, I downloaded the program again to milady’s machine and received a second activation code. I never got the chance to dig that code out from the detritus.

 

Meanwhile, Comodo put out the new Comodo Firewall Pro (v2.4), still free, but with a sexier moniker (geekdom has its own concept of sexy). I uninstalled CPF from my computer successfully, then installed the new Comodo Firewall Pro (CFP). Another stunningly successful install!

 

Surely removing whatever had lodged itself in my wife’s computer from CPF would be relatively easy to remove, so I went to work. Over three days and 30 hours of work and learning later, I was successful.

 

CPF was in my wife’s computer and "live" so far as I could tell. But Windows refused to acknowledge its presence in Add/Remove or Start/Programs, the usual places where one would look to find an uninstall file. And the places that several emails from Comodo support staff directed me to look and remove whatever was there.

 

Finally one directed me to the Comodo forums where a newbie can find hundreds of requests from panicky CPF users who had managed to screw something up in installation or removal (often both, it seemed). Most of the posts about these problems dated to the middle of 2006, so I felt little hope that anyone still cared about old threads.

 

I signed up for the forums, found what I believed to be the best place to post my sad story and request for help. Just as my email requests for help were all answered within a couple of hours (including one early on a Sunday morning), I received a reply from a support person in the forum within an hour.

 

The first thing he did was to welcome me to the Comodo forums. (Didn’t I feel special! These guys have the right idea.)

 

Then, step by step, he guided me through the process of determining where Comodo Personal Firewall had lodged itself in the computer-gone-wonky. Sorting my way through some geekspeak (easier to do when you need translation to get the job done), I followed the instructions to remove the file known as fwconfig. After that, I was told it would be easy to simply delete the rest of the files in the drive where CPF had been installed.

 

But no. The files were still "in use" by the application.

 

With sleight of hand manoeuvres in the next forum message, Little Mac directed me to Services to disable the firewall service and driver. And away the rest of the files went from the installation drive.

 

As the internet was extraordinarily slow for the next several hours, I followed old forum messages I had printed out for deleting registry entries where the word "Comodo" appeared. I was not brave enough to delete whole folders in the registry because it seemed risky since some subfolders had data from other applications. I’m adventurous, but not foolhardy.

 

I got enough Comodo registry entries out that only Comodo Network Engine was still active and unremovable in the registry. Yet the new program would still not install because it recognized that the old program was still running. Only a few registry entries remained, but Windows told me "you can’t get there from here."

 

In the final instruction post to the forum, Little Mac directed me to Device Manager where with a few very specific moves I was able to deactivate the offending tentacles. After that, deleting the remaining registry entries should be easy.

 

But no. After rebooting, sizzling and dancing a few jigs, I returned to Device Manager to see if the engines there were indeed disabled. They were.

 

Then I resorted to a computer user’s best friend—the right click menu. Lo and behold, it offered to delete the engine entries. And away each of them went, in turn.

 

Minutes later, the computer was peacefully running Comodo Firewall Pro, with all cylinders humming like kittens.

 

Comodo is a novice firewall user’s dream. The old activation code (which should never be installed on any application because they give no end of grief in every program they are ever used in) is gone in favour of a validation that happens automatically when the user goes online after installation.

 

Comodo is easy to use, is not intrusive and receives wonderful praise from thousands of happy users.

 

I must give due praise and thanks to the Comodo support staff. They were on top of everything I tried to do, giving guidance along the way. No advice is perfect in the support business, but those guys came close.

 

The first time I had ever done surgery on a registry, I got down as deep as the Device Manager, did the job, deleted registry entries from there, yet still got out with my skin and my self respect intact, thanks to Comodo support.

 

The only thing the whole experience cost me was my time. At that, the ROI was worth the price of 30 hours.

 

Bill Allin

'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today’s Epidemic Social Problems,' a book about real and inexpensive solutions to community problems most people think are inevitable evils of modern society. They aren't. We just have to look in the right place.

Learn more at http://billallin.com

Contact author Bill Allin at turningitaround@sympatico.ca

 

Quote from the website

The only firewall that doesn't leak

Unfortunately, most firewalls leak. But Comodo's Firewall is unique in that it passes all known leak tests to ensure the integrity of data entering and exiting your system. Comodo has put our firewall through all kinds of sophisticated tests to ensure our firewall is powerful enough to ward off these attacks with default settings. No other firewall has had to work this hard. Take this test yourself.

 

Website: http://www.personalfirewall.comodo.com/

 


 

YouMail - cellphone answering service (free during beta)

review from Tiffany, Jan 2007, permalink

 

From Tiffany:

Of all the really cool new applications being offered for cell phones today, this one has the potential to be the most fun, not to mention useful. YouMail allows cell phone customers to create unique, personalized voicemail greetings based on caller ID.

 

How does it work? YouMail will re-route your standard voice mail to their service allowing you to assign multiple voice mail messages to specific numbers. With YouMail, you're able to record customized greetings for each number on your cell phone: business like messages for your boss and co-workers, fun and silly messages for friends and family, and even an intimate or sexy one for that special person in your life!

 

If someone leaves you a message, you will receive a TXT, so you should check out your cell phone company's policy on text messages. They also offer a feature called "Ditchmail" which you can use for people you don't want to talk to, and hope they never call again. Hmmm.... an effortless way to ditch telemarketers? Or how about that kook who keeps calling.... the one you gave your number to after 4 Margaritas? Then, for all those unknown callers, i.e., wrong numbers and such, there is a default message you can use to handle all of them.

 

While you can access, record, delete, and manage messages directly from YouMail's site, it's also easy to record and assign a new custom email from your phone. While the initial set-up involves several steps, the instructions are easy to understand, complete with photos that walk you thru, step by step.

 

BTW, it's easy to change back and forth between your current voice mail and YouMail. YouMail is free for users who sign up now while there are still beta accounts available, but if you want one, better hurry; they're going fast!

 

Tiffany

 

********************************************

http://tiffanycartier.stumbleupon.com/

http://hello-kitty.group.stumbleupon.com/ =^..^=

********************************************

 

Quote from the website

YouMail is the new voice mail for cell phones. Among many features, it allows you to record unique voice greetings for anyone who calls you, based on their caller ID. Individualize your voice greetings for friends, family or important callers while maintaining a standard greeting for work and unknown callers.

 

http://www.youmail.com/

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments last week

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.

 

If you commented last week, check to see who commented on your comment!

 

Here are the comments from last week.

 

Cooliris Previews - Firefox's handiest little blue dot •

Potty Pigeon - seeing it from the bird's point of view •

Purplenova - your personal web server •

Anti-spyware cage match - see Dave's results •

Chat With Me Now - mixing full chat with email •

Windows XP Winter Fun Pack

Scribus - Open Source Desktop Publishing tool •

 

Security tips from Lusher

Tips from Tiffany - Dance of a Thousand Hands •

 

Mitch Keeler blogs on freeware

Open Source Applications for Windows - the blog •


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COOL WEBSITES

 

Wiki-Site - free MediaWiki websites

review from ClifNotes, Jan 2007, permalink _ Web Service

 

Recently, Guy Eldan at wiki-site.com wrote me to ask if I'd consider adding a link to his site. I don't advertise for folks, but I'm not afraid to tell you about free stuff. So, rather than putting up a link for wiki-site, I'll tell you a bit about it.

 

I went there and I can honestly say it's a great free service. This wiki farm might be especially useful to those out there who contribute on other MediaWiki wiki places, like Wikipedia. I'm not going to tell you it's the best wiki farm or anything like that.

 

I'm a bit prejudiced when it comes to wiki software because I've had this wiki here at pbwiki.com for over a year. I also do a bit of contract work here.

 

Quote from the website

Group Wiki

You decide about the content of the Wiki - Which pages will be open for sharing and which will be locked. Your Wiki will run under the same interface as WikiPedia project.

 

Personal Wiki

If you are interested in a small Wiki page\branch. You can open a Wiki page under this website. No installation\setup is required, without a complicated wiki management system, and without tools to manage users and user groups.

 

In addition we supply a private Wiki on our webserver, without advertisement, and with access control. Please contact us to get an offer.

 

http://www.wiki-site.com/

 


 

Midomi Music Search - hum that tune

tip from Blupwrdup, Jan 2007, permalink _ Web Service

 

From Blupwrdup:

Clif...

 

A new search engine has recently emerged from the utility muffin laboratory, it's called "Midomi". Get this.... it claims to be able to identify a song just by your humming, whistling or singing a few notes. You must have Adobe Flash and a microphone installed to use the service. After hours of humming and singing well known tunes there was absolutely no success with this useless tool. But, it does at least provide a few amusing moments as you convince everyone around you to "sing into this microphone". Back to the muffin research laboratory for further engine tune-up on this beauty.

 

For some real knee slapping fun go to http://www.midomi.com/

 

bluepwrdup

 

Quote from the website

midomi.com makes it fun and easy to find and discover music and people. For the first time, you can use your voice to instantly connect to your favorite music, and to a community of people that share your musical interests. Listen to voices, see pictures, rate singers, send messages, buy music, and more.

 

http://www.midomi.com/

 


 

ImageShack - fastest image hosting in the west

review from ClifNotes, Jan 2007, permalink _ Web Service

 

What is an image host?

Images on the internet and in your email need to have a home. Every time you see an image on the internet, you are actually downloading the image to a temporary location on your hard drive. Once the image is downloaded, your web browser will show it to you in a web browser.

 

Typically, most images on web pages are located or "hosted" at the website you are viewing, but they don't have to be. Nearly all the images you see here in my wiki are actually hosted at ImageShack.com.

 

Why do I need an image host?

I've been posting at websites for years now and the easiest way for me to post images is to simply use a free image host and link my images to them. This makes my webpages portable so that I don't have to change the code if I move the page to a different website. It also means that I don't have to worry about exceeding any bandwidth limits. Pictures on a website are usually the largest bandwidth hogs. I can also send my friends and family links to my images any time I want to share them. So far, I've always been able to depend on my images being exactly where I left them.

 

Who should I use to host my images?

I used to use PhotoBucket almost exclusively for displaying my online images. That changed after I found the ImageShack toolbar. The toolbar makes it extremely easy to upload images to my image host. I expect Photobucket to someday produce their own toolbar, but until then, I'm sticking with ImageShack. Both sites offer free image hosting and both also have some really great features for sharing those images. One of the ways ImageShack and Photobucket allow you to share images is with their slideshow feature. Here's an example ...

 

Go to ImageShack to Create your own Slideshow

 

Quote from the website

ImageShack® is an intuitive and easy-to-use free image hosting solution. It can be used to share pictures with friends, as well as to post images on message boards and blogs. It can also be used to direct link images on websites and online auctions.

 

The ImageShack Toolbar integrates with Firefox, Internet Explorer 6.0 and Windows XP and has drag-and-drop, right-click upload, and many other features.

 

http://imageshack.us/

 


 

Freepims.com - one stop shopping for personal information management

review from ClifNotes, Jan 2007, permalink _ Info Management

 

The author of this web site wrote me to ask for a link exchange. How about a review instead? He's put together the ultimate list of free Personal Information Management software. Really, if you need a good PIM, this site will likely be your first and last stop.

 

Quote from the website

FREE PIMS offers over 250 totally free Personal Information Managers.

 

The rest of the site is made up of freeware programs or a free service offered for our benefit. Webmasters you will find a lot of freeware and services that will hopefully be an asset to you. If you have any ideas or suggestions please don't hesitate to contact me. I have plenty of space up there for some good ideas and they will be welcome.

 

Thanks,

 

Gary

your friend, online and off

 

http://www.freepims.com/

 


 

KVR'S Free Software Mega List

Tip from JimiPocius, Jan 2007, permalink _ Cool Website

 

Jimi Pocius was kind enough to write me with a link to the site below. As usual I spent a good hour or so just looking to see what they had there. It's a great collection, but some of the links may be out of date.

 

Rock on Jimi!

 

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Software of All Categories

 

If you find any more free software that fits under one of the following categories and is not included in this list, please post it underneath. Hopefully, this could be a good thread for those who want a free software for that specific task. All of this software is free.

 

http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=2344894

 

Jimi also sent me this link, which has additional lists of free software.

http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=320017

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Websites I've visited recently

 

Have you seen any cool websites you want to share with us?

 


 

 

 

 

 

NEW NEWS

 

SnapFiles.com - new and updated freeware

Source - http://snapfiles.com/freeware

 

 


 

 

News from Sarah in Tampa

 


 

Security news from Malware Advisor

blog by TeMerc Internet Countermeasures, source

Infected? Go to http://temerc.com for help

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER STUFF

 

Get Gmail! and Get Firefox!

 

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 I WANT GMAIL.

 

 

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. 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.

 

Get Firefox!


 

Chatting at FreewareWiki

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Now you can chat with anyone visiting a website by using Gabbly. To see who's gabbing at this website, click here.

 

 

 

 

Find out more about Gabbly.com


 

 

 

 

Frapper - you people live all over the world!

Wow! Over 400 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.

 


 

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.


 

What do you have to say?

 

Just tell me what article you are talking about and leave me your comment.


 

 

Have fun and surf safely.

 

Clif

http://clifnotes.net & http://freewarewiki.pbwiki.com

Devoted to promoting Freeware and Free Information

Want a free 2.7Gb Gmail account?

Email me here.

 

 

 

 


 

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