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Welcome to Clif Notes Newsletter

May 20, 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.

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

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BackRex Internet Explorer Backup

review from ClifNotes, permalink Browser Tools


Need to re-install Windows? You'd better backup your IE settings and favorites. Here's an easy way to do that and much more. It also supports IE7.


Quote from the website

BackRex Internet Explorer Backup can help you to move all your Internet Explorer settings from one computer to another, even if it has a different version of Windows and/or Internet Explorer installed (for example from Internet Explorer 5.0 to Internet Explorer 6.0 or vice versa).


With Scheduled Backup feature you can backup all your data on a regular basis - daily, weekly or monthly.


Below is the list of data and settings saved and restored by BackRex Internet Explorer Backup:

Internet Explorer


Proxy & connection settings

Security zones

User customizations



Dialup accounts

Form Autocomplete entries




DLL Archive - another great tool from AnalogX

review from ClifNotes, permalink System Maintenance


It doesn't get much easier than this. DLL Archive will thoroughly search your system for DLL files that are no longer needed and allow you to tuck them away for safe keeping. Once you've figured out which archived DLL's you don't need, you can go in later and delete them.


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Quote from the website

Everyone has uninstalled programs at one point or another, just to be presented with that wonderful dialog asking whether or not we want to delete some 'shared' Windows resource... Do we? Does something else use that DLL file it's asking about? Help!!! That's where AnalogX DLL Archive comes in - it searches through all the files on your system and lets you know if any of them contain references to the DLL's in question!

AnalogX DLL Archive is super-simple to use, just click search and let it do it's thing - once done, you'll be presented with a list of all the DLL's that don't have references in the system! Then just select which ones you think aren't necessary anymore and archive them; it's that simple! Make a mistake? No problem, restoring DLL's from the archive is just as simple - nothing is deleted until YOU delete it.




SuperEdi - super text editor

review from ClifNotes, May 2007, permalink Text Editor


SuperEdi is a programmer's editor at heart. It provides syntax highlighting and coloring for several programming languages. I wasn't looking for another programmer's editor. There are dozens of those and many are free and work quite well. I was hoping for a good flexible text editor that opens almost instantly and gives me a tabbed interface with lots of special text formatting options that I have grown used to.


I was surprised to find it did what I wanted and much more. I've often used full featured text editors such as Notepad++ and EditPadLite. SuperEdi may not have as many features, but I feel it's a great deal faster on opening. It definitely outclasses the default editor I use now, which is called MetaPad, and is almost as good as the programmer editor I use called PsPad.


Almost everyone has an opinion about the best text editor unless they think that Windows Notepad is the only text editor they can use. SuperEdi is a good choice for many folks, but you may find it's either too much or not enough. It's up to you and you have lots of choices.


Here is a page which shows you most of the choices you have.



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Quote from the website

SuperEdi is a text editor with syntax coloring and build-in FTP client. The build-in directory tree helps you locate files quickly without opening the Windows Explorer. Context sensitive information is available via keyword lookup in any Windows help file. The editor is extendable using executable programs, text clips and automation scripts. SuperEdi supports Unicode UTF-8, UTF-16 as well as many locale- specific encodings.


SuperEdi is absolutely free of charge for private as well as for commercial users. There are no advertisements, nags or any other limitations.




Free Spider 2005 Solitaire Collection - free and hard to beat

review from ClifNotes, May 2007, permalink Games


This Solitaire suit delivers what it advertises. Included are five free solitaire card games. Both the board and the card decks can be customized to suit your tastes. The games are very challenging and the included help is good.


I initially had a bit of trouble with the installer that sets up this program. It seemed to hang for a very long time just as it was finishing up. Later, I ran it again and it finished normally.


Note: Vegard wrote me to let me know I should make sure you understand that this program is not true freeware.

Thanks Clif; for continuing to "promoting" solitaire card games in your newsletter! And for linking to my site...


But I think people should know this about "Free Spider 2005" (qoute from my listings):


"Freeware". More true is 'Liteware' or perhaps even 'Crippleware' (no undo function and some functions in the menu are disabled). Advertising for SolSuite (shareware)


Regards from Vegard Krog Petersen


Quote from the website

Each game has more than nine trillion (9,999,999,999,999) possible games to play, so the game remains fresh no matter how many times you play. Play Free Spider 2005 Solitaire Collection NOW and bring the excitement of card gaming right to your personal computer!



If you want to see more free solitaire games, try Vegard's or Caiman's websites.



AviScreen Classic - capture your own desktop movies

review from ClifNotes, May 2007, permalink Screen Capture


I didn't have time to try this one out yet, but I wanted to put it out there for those of you who may want to try it. If you do give it a try, let me know in the comments below. If you already use a program similar to this one that you think is much better, I'd love to hear from you as well.


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Quote from the website

AviScreen is an application for capturing screen activity in the form of AVI video or bitmap images. Beside the usual options defining the capture area, AviScreen has a unique feature called “follow the cursor”. Using this mode you can produce a video or image of relatively small dimensions while covering all mouse activity over the whole screen area.



There are a few other programs at Bobyte software that are also interesting.




DVD Flick - burn your video files to DVD

review from Tony at TopFreeware, May 2007, permalink DVD Utilities


From Clif:

Tony writes in with a review that he plans to post at his website very soon. Tony rarely reviews anything but the very best freeware available. You can always visit his site for the best recommendations on TOP FREEWARE. Visit http://topfreeware.net to see more.


From Tony:

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A simple, but at the same time powerful DVD Authoring tool. It can take several video files stored on your computer and turn them into a DVD that will play back on your DVD player, Media Center or Home Cinema Set.

It lets you combine a single file or multiple files into a playable DVD, adds subtitles, and adds secondary audio tracks. It also has a useful guide built into it which explains the process with screenshots.

If you want something thats easy to use, look no further.





Kind Regards





www.topfreeware.net - The best freeware downloads and tips to optimize your system




















Old Newsletter


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




















Terry recommends Open Office software

review from ClifNotes, May 2007, permalink Office Suite


I read Terry's Computer Tips every week. This week he wrote two articles about using OpenOffice software. You should read these if you have Open Office or would like to break more of your chains to Microsoft.


Quote from the website

OpenOffice - The Free Alternative to Microsoft Office

Using OpenOffice Calc instead of Microsoft Excel




Save Internet Radio - part two

review from ClifNotes, May 2007, permalink


I'm not sure how serious this really is, but I keep hearing that many of our internet radio stations could go out of business. Here's a quote from savenetradio.org.


The future of Internet radio is in immediate danger. Royalty rates for webcasters have been drastically increased by a recent ruling and are due to go into effect on July 15 (retroactive to Jan 1, 2006!). If the increased rates remain unchanged, the majority of webcasters will go bankrupt and silent on this date. Internet radio needs your help! The Internet Radio Equality Act has recently been introduced in both the House (H.R. 2060) and Senate (S. 1353) to save the Internet radio industry.


I recently received the letter below from Pandora, urging me to contact my U.S. State senators. If you are aren't a U.S. citizen, you can't help the same way, but you can still join the fight at www.savenetradio.org.


Hi, it's Tim again,


I wanted to thank you again for your extraordinary support in the fight to save Internet radio and Pandora. Thanks to the overwhelming number of calls you made, letters you faxed, and emails you sent, the Internet Radio Equality Act is fast gaining momentum in the House of Representatives (74 sponsors and growing). It's nothing short of remarkable for this to happen in such a brief period of time - almost unprecedented.


Last Friday a Senate version of the bill was introduced by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sam Brownback (R-KS): www.savenetradio.org/071510-wyden.pdf. This is a promising development, but we need your help again. I know we're asking a lot, but the stakes couldn't be higher and the fight is not over.


Please call the offices of your Senators and ask them to co-sponsor the Internet Radio Equality Act, S. 1353.


Find your U.S. State Senators


Visit www.savenetradio.org to keep up on our fight to save Internet radio. There are some powerful testimonials there from musicians who have found their audience through Internet radio.


We are deeply moved by your support. Thank you.



-Tim Westergren

(Pandora founder)







Internet Fixes Weekend Windup

tips from Gary at InternetFixes, Windows Tips


From Clif:

Gary at Internet Fixes continues to amaze me with hundreds and thousands of tips for your PC. Whatever your operating system, or how you use it, a visit to Gary's site will soon have you saying "So that's how you do this!".


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Mondays News Letter Tips.



1. Clean Up The Temp Directory.




2. Check Your Windows XP BOOT.INI File.




3. Adding a Website to your Trusted Sites in Internet Explorer 7.0.




4. Stop Internet Explorer’s Annoying Clicking Sound. 7.0.




5. Windows XP Restore Point Problems.




6. Turn Off Script Reporting Errors In IE 6.0.




Wednesdays News Letter Tips.


1. You Can No Longer Click On The Link And Have It Take You To The Website.




2. Skip Re-Activation When you Reinstall Windows XP.




3. Disable The Welcome Screen OR The Classic Prompt.




4. New Windows in Internet Explorer Open Partially Off the Screen.




5. Performing a Clean Boot in Windows XP.




Hardware And Software Vendor Phone List, A-K



Hardware And Software Vendor Phone List, L-P



Hardware And Software Vendor Phone List, Q-Z




IF01101 How Can I Stop Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) from opening documents in the IE.




IF01102 I am unable to see full amount of a new hard drive I bought and installed.




IF01103 Is Your Computer Running Slowly?




IF01104 My Web Browser Has Been Hijacked.




IF01105 How Do I Enable / Disable Or Delete Internet Cookies?




IF01106 How Do I Prevent Windows Messenger Pop-ups?




IF01107 How Do I Stop Pop-up Or Pop-under Internet Ads?




IF01108 How Do I Enable And Or Disable The Microsoft Windows XP Firewall?




IF01109 You Can’t Find A Lost Windows Product Key?




IF01110 Hyperlinks Not Working In Internet Explorer 6.0.




IF01111 Your Windows Installer Could Not Be Accessed Error (Windows XP).















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.



IE7Pro - add-ons for IE7 that you might love •

Wakoopa - a social network of software geeks •

db4 Font Viewer - fast, small and handy •

Comic Life - make your home photos into a cartoon •

PhotoWipe - removing objects from an image •

ZippyLock - secure password manager •



The war over Vista certification

What are BotNets?



Learn Firefox - A Visual Guide to the Firefox Web Browser •

Ubuntu Unleashed - an online how-to book •




















Security Advisor Glossary - great resource when you need it

review from ClifNotes, May 2007, permalink Web Service


JimiPocius sent out an email to all of his friends with a link to this service. There was no explanation included with the link. It didn't need one.


The web site doesn't need to be explained, but I'll tell you a little about it anyway. The Security Advisor Glossary is one of the few places you can go to find the meaning of some of the words used in computer security discussions. This site was made for folks like you and I who are not security experts.






Free Web Hosting - search for free website providers

review from ClifNotes, permalink Web Service


Here's a place I recommend when someone is looking for a free webhost to put up their personal website. You'll get lots of choices depending on what you are looking for. Sometimes the hardest part is figuring out what you need. Here is a page that will help you understand all of the web hosting terminology.


Once you know what to look for, your choices will be easy.


I recommend putting your personal web pages on PbWiki. It's free and you don't have to learn a bunch of HTML or most of the other stuff web masters need to know. This newsletter is hosted at PBwiki and I did that because I wanted to concentrate on writing, not coding HTML.


Quote from the website

Free Webspace ∙ Free Web Hosting ∙ Search ∙ Reviews ∙ Ratings ∙ Free File Hosting ∙ Free Image Hosting


Also, look here for

∙ Free Web Hosting Sites Featuring:

∙ Free Domain Hosting

∙ Free Hosting with Unlimited Webspace

∙ FrontPage Server Extensions

∙ Free Hosting with No Ads

∙ Free ASP Hosting

∙ Free PHP Hosting

∙ Free CGI Hosting

∙ Free MySQL Database Hosting

∙ Free Cpanel Hosting

∙ Free Cron Jobs

∙ Free Addon Domains

∙ Free Email





Spammer Alert - a community fighting spam

review from ClifNotes, May 2007, permalink Web Service


I just joined a new forum devoted to reducing spam world-wide. I may not have the time to visit very often, but maybe you do. It can't hurt you and it may hurt the spammers.


Quote from the admin, coathanger007

Spammer alert is a friendly community where we can alert each other of the latest spam threats by posting the spam we receive into the forum. By doing this we can create a database of spam that people can search to verify whether the email they have received is genuine.


Also, we can fight back the spammers by publishing contact details publicly and reporting them to the appropriate authorities. There are also subforums for discussing methods of preventing, filtering, blocking and reporting spam.




CoolSites Newsletter this week


Here are a few links from Mark's CoolSites Newsletter. Be sure to visit his site and see the rest of his links this week.


May 18 COOLSITES by Mark Donaldson Issue 113

New. Freeware PDF Unlocker v1.0.4: http://smtguru.com/


New. QT TabBar Tabs on Explorer: http://members.at.infoseek.co.jp/Quizo/freeware/indexEn.html#qttab


New. Trinity Rescue Kit is a free live Linux distribution that aims specifically at recovery and repair operations on Windows machines, but is equally usable for Linux recovery issues: http://trinityhome.org/Home/index.php?wpid=1&front_id=12


New. Wavosaur free audio editor with VST and ASIO support: http://www.wavosaur.com/


Update. IEToys v1.1.8: http://www.bayden.com/ietoys/


Update. XnView 1.91 Free graphic and photo viewer - XnView - GRAPHIC VIEWER: http://www.xnview.com/


Quote from the website

COOLSITES is a list of safe, fun, useful, informative and just plain cool websites and programs that are FREE, FREE and FREE. All of the programs and websites I list are free. If I list anything that is so good but isn't free I will list the price with it.




Websites I've visited recently


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









SnapFiles.com - new and updated freeware

Source - http://snapfiles.com/freeware





News from Sarah in Tampa

Source - http://sarahintampa.com




Security news from Malware Advisor

blog by TeMerc Internet Countermeasures, source

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




A view from CyberNirvana


CyberNirvana: Zia's blog about the web and web technology.




























Get Gmail! and Get Firefox!


You need a free 2.8 GB Gmail account to access many of the cool features at Google. After more than two years in beta testing Gmail is open to the public. Just go to http://gmail.com and sign up for an account.



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



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 600 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.



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