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Welcome to Clif Notes Newsletter

July 29, 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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Vilma Registry Explorer - faster than regedit

review from ClifNotes, Jul 2007, permalink Registry Tools


Every now and then, I'm forced to dig into the Windows Registry to either fix something or tweak something. I recently decided to remove some registry entries from a program that failed to have a good uninstaller with it. I figured it was a good time to try out a registry tool that was recommended by Jack Alexander. He told me he really likes this one.


The download and install were no problem. It fired up quickly and I was impressed with the speedy searches. In no time at all I'd located all the registry keys I needed to remove. This is a good registry tool and I'll keep it.


Vilma also has a short tutorial explaining what the registry is and how you can use it.



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Quote from the website

Vilma Registry Explorer is a powerful tool that will give to you the easiest way to rule all aspects of your system. You can create new keys and values, add them to the registry, or delete the existing ones.


You don't have to make a backup of all your actions as Registry Explorer does it in the background. If you decide that an action is not useful, or is wrong, just open the "Backup" window and restore the item by clicking over the record.


Importing and exporting data files is very easy. Registry Explorer has a new look. All tasks are running in the main window. No dialog boxes and pop-up windows.

The search system can find a matches in all registry types including the binary data. And it is an extremely fast.


The bookmarks support drag&drop and can be renamed. The help system is embedded inside the program, so it's use is much faster and easily.





CinemaForgeLite - video conversion if you can get it to work

review from ClifNotes, July 2007, permalink Misc. Multimedia Tools


There are quite a few video conversion tools out there. This one sounded good so I wanted to try it. The download went well, but after installation I had no luck at all getting it to run.


I even tracked down an older version of it at a French website. I still had no luck with it.



Don't bother unless you want to figure out what I was doing wrong. Maybe I forgot to cross my fingers when I installed it.


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Quote from the website

CinemaForgeLite is a video-conversion utility optimized for taking Internet video offline to your iPod or other video device. The application supports Flash (SWF), Flash (FLV), Motion Pictures Group (MPEG, MP4), Audio Video Interleaved (AVI), Window Media Video (WMV), Real Video (RM), QuickTime (MOV), Advanced Streaming Format (ASF), and JPEG (thumbnails).


You can paste the URL of almost any Internet Video (YouTube, Google, Myspace.), download the video, and quickly convert it to numerous formats.




Plato DVD to iPod Converter

review from ClifNotes, Jul 2007, permalink Misc. Multimedia Tools


Somebody recently mentioned that they wanted to view dvd movies in their iPod. Sounds like fun. When I saw this little utility, I figured I'd give it a try.


Here's what I saw when I put in my first DVD.



That's fine. I don't have an iPod anyway but I did figure I could probably view the resulting file when it was done.



It may work for some DVDs but not all of them. I can't complain about it. After all, it's free.


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Quote from the website

Plato DVD to iPod Converter--Enjoy your DVD Movies on iPod Right Now! It helps you easily convert DVD Movies to a format that iPod understands. And you could watch your these movies on your iPod anytime anywhere without carrying those discs inconveniently. Plato DVD to iPod Converter is simply and easy to use. Just a few clicks , you could choose subtitle, audio track, and customize output video and audio quality.




FlashGot - assists your favorite download manager

review from ClifNotes, Jul 2007, Download Manager


Last year I featured a review from BrotherS at DonationCoder. He loved using the combination of this FlashGot plugin with FreeDownloadManager (FDM).


I've been using FDM for a few months now and I've grown to love it. I decided to try out FlashGot after I installed a portable copy of Firefox on one of my hard drives. So far, I like FlashGot. The feature I enjoy using most is the Build Gallery feature. That feature creates a page in your browser that shows you all of the download links from a webpage on the internet.


Quote from the website

FlashGot is the free Mozilla / Firefox / Flock / Thunderbird extension (compatible with Netscape too), meant to handle single and massive ("all" and "selection") downloads with several external Download Managers.


  • for Windows (BitComet, Download Accelerator Plus, FlashGet, Free Download Manager, Fresh Download, GetRight, GigaGet, HiDownload, iGetter, InstantGet, Internet Download Accelerator, Internet Download Manager, LeechGet, Mass Downloader, Net Transport, NetXfer (Net Transport 2), NetAnts, Orbit, ReGet, Star Downloader, Thunder (Chinese only popular product), TrueDownloader and Ukrainian Download Master (Russian language only), WellGet, wxDFast































Old Newsletter


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





















What free software do you need?

Notes from ClifNotes, Jul 2007, permalink Windows Tips



So what do you need? Write it down below and I'll see if I can find it. If you know the answer to someone else's question, add your answer there.



Previous "What Do You Need" comments








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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Weekend Windups are now available online




Mondays News Letter Tips.


1. I recently installed XP professional, decided I did not like it and switched back to Home version of XP. Now upon booting up it always asks me which operating system to use. Is there a way I can permanently delete Windows XP Professional from the boot menu so It does not prompt me that anymore?




2. I'm trying to block Ebay so my children won't be tempted to buy anymore junk, but I don't Know where to begin. How do you block a website like Ebay?




3. How Do I Install Windows XP On A SATA Hard Drive




4. Can you tell me how I can add items to the Right click and send to option in Vista




5. I want to change my Default Browser back to Internet Explorer.




6. I set up my home network (of 6 computers) on a Static IP system on the Linksys setup page ( in browser) and after I saved it the internet did not work on this computer, I changed it back to assign automatically and it works fine. I want to know if there’s a different way to do it




7. I have a MSI computer running Windows XP2 Home Edition. I continually receive an error message when try to open programs "Application failed because FRAMEDYN.DLL was not found." Is there any way to fix this missing .dll?




8. My Neighbor across hall from me, has a problem getting his "classic view" to show up when he's in his "Control Panel" screen. All he sees are the programs on one page. No panels on the left side at all.




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Wednesdays News Letter Tips.


1. I’ve just changed my OS from Windows XP to Windows 2000 as I don't have the original XP cd. After formatting it, my computer screen Windows becomes smaller and I can't even resize it.




2. Can you tell me how I can add items to the left side (icons) of the "Look in" dialog box in XP?




3. In Windows 2000 when I go to start an then to run I type in msconfig an it does not work it says cannot find msconfig.




4. How do I remove the search list at IE?




5. Every now and then the G & T drives will switch drive letters when this happens I cannot get into the G drive.




6. When I click on the shortcuts it opens up a search results window instead of the folder and the documents in it.




7. I've got Windows XP SP2 Installed. When I click on some start menu items, (SEARCH, Microsoft update, windows update,) or some links on web pages when I use IE, nothing happens!




8. My Dell Laptop is acting up when I right click on anything or try to bring down a menu with the mouse its a blank box. I can barely see the outline of the box but nothing in it.




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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).




IF01112 How Do I Create A New User Account Profile In XP.




IF01113 Hyperlinks in Outlook Express Messages Stop Working.




IF01114 Correct An NTLDR Or NTDETECT.COM Not Found Error.




IF01115 Rectify A Missing Or Corrupt NTFS.SYS Error In XP.




IF01116 The Text In Web Pages Appears Too Blurry In Internet Explorer 7. Is There A Setting To Fix This?




IF01117 How do I fix the "Details" view in Explorer?




IF01318 Resolving Most Hardware Conflicts.




IF01319 How can I remove Windows XP Service Pack 2 from My Computer.




IF01320 How can I change the Screen Resolution in 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.



TrendProtect - new protection from bad search results •

Tidy Start Menu - a quick way to organize your programs •

Snowbird Search - finds files very fast •

Solway's Internet TV and Radio Player



GetHuman.com - contact real people •

















SpeedTest.net - how fast is your connection

review from ClifNotes, Jul 2007, permalink Cool Website


I pay good money for my internet connection but even the best services I've used have had problems. Recently my Road Runner service was down or very slow. My wife recommended that I try speedtest dot net to check our connections to the net.


Wow! It's a very cool looking website and it checks your speed very quickly.


Quote from the website

Speedtest.net is a broadband connection analysis tool with a huge selection of geographically dispersed testing servers. Ookla provides this service free to hundreds of thousands of people every day. If you are experiencing slowness with your Internet connection or are simply interested in testing your speed, Speedtest.net is for you.




TV-Links - old and new TV shows

TipsFromTiffany, Aug 2007, permalink Cool Website


From Tiffany:

Hi Clif,


Don't know if you've seen this site http://tv-links.co.uk/ yet, but I've been enjoying it for more than a month now, and it was featured this week on Cool Site of the Day. This one is perfect for sharing with your readers, as there's something for everyone; old and new TV shows, Documentaties, Music Videos, and movies, movies and more movies!! New ones, too! Amazing how you can watch all this for free without ever leaving your home or paying even a small fee. Hope you all enjoy this one!


Many thanks for your wonderful newsletter. You're the best!


Tiffany Cartier


"Never allow someone to be your priority, while allowing yourself to be their option."



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



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Quote from the website

* Who are you?



  • Is this site legal? Don't make me call my lawyer.

We provide links, nothing is wrong with that.


  • Money? Register?



  • I want to download an episode or two (or ten), tell me WHERE!

We do NOT support downloading - do NOT ask us for it, do NOT mention it.




Favicon Generator - and other icons as well

review from ClifNotes, Jul 2007, permalink Cool Website


Letter from Matt:

Hey Clif -


Here's a cool website for creating favicons and desktop icons from existing images:




Worth checking out if you haven't seen it already!


Matt R.


Thank you Matt. I tried out this service and this is an easy way to create icons. It's not only for creating favicons, it also creates the standard desktop icons. All that I had to do was upload an image and this website did the rest.



Quote from the website

Use this online tool to easily create a favicon (favorites icon) for your site. A favicon is a small, 16x16 image that is shown inside the browser's location bar and bookmark menu when your site is called up. It is a good way to brand your site and increase it's prominence in your visitor's bookmark menu.









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.


July 27 2007 COOLSITES Newsletter # 123 by Mark Donaldson

  • New. Idle Time Software- Holding Pattern Coach Screen Saver. Holding Pattern turns your idle computer screen into an airplane window: http://www.idle-time.org/hp2coach/index.php
  • New. LocalCooling is a 100% Free power management tool from Uniblue Labs that allows users to optimize their energy savings in minutes and as a result reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions: http://www.localcooling.com/
  • New. Personal Software Inspector detects installed software and categorises your software as either Insecure, End-of-Life, or Up-To-Date. Secunia: https://psi.secunia.com/
  • New. TurboCASH Free Accounting Software. TurboCASH is the world´s most popular FREE fully featured, multi-company, multi-user accounting system: http://www.turbocash.co.za/
  • Photo2Text.com Convert an image and process to a text file of the original image. Convert picture to text. Ascii Art. ascii photo, ascii image, ascii convertion, asciiart, ascii picture, convert image text, image to text: http://photo2text.com/
  • Top 10 Weird Science Sites: http://askbobrankin.com/weird_science.html


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.





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Frapper - you people live all over the world!

Wow! Over 700 people and still growing! I invite all of you to record your locations on this map. You can include as little or as much information as you wish. I think you'll enjoy seeing yourself there.


Here's a small look at my frapper map.



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