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October 14, 2007




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Doctor Spyware Cleaner - too new to have an opinion

Notes from ClifNotes, Sep 2007, permalink Adware & Spyware Removal


Tip from Jack Alexander:

A great anti spyware cleaner. No other scanner I use, and i use many, has anything bad to say about this one. It gets plenty of up-dates, but the guard part doesn't work with Vista. It finds things all of the other scanners that I use miss!


From Clif:

Thanks for the tip Jack.


I'm always cautious when it comes to trying new anti-spyware apps. I've tried many over the years, but I usually end up removing them after a short while. I can't recommend this one yet. It's too new. I can't find any good information on it. That said, Jack wouldn't recommend it if he wasn't sure that it was safe to use.


Quote from the website

Doctor Spyware Cleaner allows you to regain your computer's security and performance. This feature-packed program will scan and remove all traces of spyware on your system with a frequently updated database. The effects will be noticed with Internet browsing, application usage and many other areas.





SiteAdvisor - privacy policy change

Notes from ClifNotes, Sep 2007, permalink Security Tools


McAfee's popular web browser add-on called SiteAdvisor is a great tool that I use to help me search the web safely. However, they recently announced a privacy policy change that had many people scared to use it. I have checked into the change. I'm not afraid of the anonymous statistics that they store about my web surfing.


When you use a search engine in your web browser, SiteAdvisor places red, yellow, or green icons beside the results of your search to help you make informed decisions about where it's safe to go online. It also includes a colored button in your web browser to tell you about the website you are currently browsing. (available for Internet Explorer and Firefox)


I still recommend this software. It's especially valuable for new Internet users.


Update - SA's privacy policy changed

From the SiteAdvisor blog: Source

Here's what's changed: Under the new privacy policy, we can now share these anonymous statistics with partners. Examples of these statistics would be the number of active SiteAdvisor users in a day, or the number of times users 'mouse over' SiteAdvisor's safe search ratings.

Here's what hasn't changed: We do not collect any personally identifiable information from SiteAdvisor users, whether the user is in the PIP or not. The PIP remains purely optional and by default, SiteAdvisor users do not participate. Users who opt-in to the PIP can still leave at any time by clicking on the settings menu found on the McAfee SiteAdvisor logo.



Quote from the website

SiteAdvisor helps protect you from all kinds of Web-based security threats including spyware, adware, spam, viruses, browser-based attacks, phishing, online fraud and identity theft.

SiteAdvisor Website



Flikr Foldr Monitr

review from ClifNotes, Sep 2007, permalink Photo Organizers


I have a Flikr account for storing photos and images, but I actually use ImageShack more often. I'd love to see the same kind of tool for ImageShack, but I guess I'll have to wait.


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Quote from the website

Foldr Monitr is a free tool that runs in the background and watches a selected folder (and optionally subfolders) waiting for you to add photos to it. When photos appear in the folder, Foldr Monitr automatically uploads them to your Flickr account for you.




Cookie Monster - it will eat cookies you don't want

review from ClifNotes, Oct 2007, permalink Browser Tools


Cookies! If you are afraid of some cookies, this is good cookie manager and it comes as a no-install. Just download the zip file and unpack it to a folder.


Me? I don't care about cookies. There are far worse things out there on the net and a few tracking cookies in my browser doesn't bother me. I just happened across this program and gave it a try. I was impressed with how well it works and I feel it's worth recommending.


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Quote from the website

This utility is a manager for cookies created by the most usual Windows browsers: Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Netscape and Opera (only basic support). It also works with any Gecko-based browser and most of the browsers based in Internet Explorer. The program allows you set a list of the cookies you want to preserve and then delete the remaining ones with a simple mouse click. It also have the option of detecting the cookies for the sites included in your favorites and/or bookmarks.




RamBooster - "out of resources" no more

Notes from ClifNotes, October 2007, permalink Memory Tools


I've never really much believed in these ram clearing programs. It could be that I haven't needed them though. After all, I never have much more than a web browser running most of the time.


I've tried RamBooster and I think it's doing what it's supposed to be doing. It's a nice clean program with a simple interface with the options that you need.


If you keep getting that terrible "out of resources" message, you might find that RamBooster can help.


Quote from the website

RamBooster is a program that frees up Ram. This is done by forcing Windows to remove all the data that is not currently needed from the memory.

Some advantages of this are:

-No more lock-ups

-Some applications load as much as 40% faster

-Prevents blue screens

-Makes websurfing faster, especially if you visit sites with heavy graphics.





Essential PIM - managing your personal info

TipsFromTiffany, Oct 2007, permalink Info Management


Here's a tip from Tiffany:

Hi Clif,


Here's an oldie but goodie that I couldn't find in your freeware archives, so maybe I've finally hit upon something you didn't know about? EssentialPIM is a great personal information manager, calender, scheduler, reminder and so much more. I tried it a few years ago and liked it, but as I'm always trying new things, EssentialPIM became lost in the "maze" on my desktop and eventually forgotten about. Today I learned that there's a new version out, so I tried it and it's absolutely great! There have been a number of improvements since I last tried it, so it's even better now. There is a pro version, but the free version seems to do everything you could possibly want.


SnapFiles gives it 5 stars and many rave reviews; here is a quote from their website:

Our Rating: 5 stars (Excellent)


EssentialPIM is a visual appointment and information manager that allows you to organize your daily, weekly or monthly schedule. It includes an address book to manage your contacts, as well as tree-style notes manager with support for rich text notes. The address book supports pictures and lets you add/remove fields to customize it for your needs. The schedule provides a very convenient way to mark your appointments in different colors, and allows you to simply drag an appointment to reschedule it. EssentialPIM supports single and recurring events, priority settings, color coded categories, completion indicator and reminder alerts. In addition it can export to HTML, RTF and other formats, and supports password protection with strong encryption. A very nice and easy to use PIM, we're quite surprised to find that is is free.


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I think you'll like this one!




Tiffany Cartier



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






WinSplit Revolution

Notes from ClifNotes, Oct 2007, permalink Desktop Tools


CC wrote me about this program he's been trying out. WinSplit Revolution gives you an easier way to tile the programs on your PCs desktop so that you can work on two or more programs at once.


I tried it and I honestly wasn't too impressed. I didn't take much time to try out all of the features so it may be an uninformed opinion. The best use of the program involves using hotkeys. Most of the hotkeys are assigned to the numeric keypad. My laptop doesn't have a numberic keypad, so I was forced to change the hotkeys.


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Quote from the website

What is WinSplit Revolution?

For what? WinSplit Revolution is a small utility which allow you to separate your screen into two, three or four...

For who? Especially suitable for high-end LCD screens with big resolutions, WinSplit Revolution helps you to manage efficiently active windows. For example WinSplit is useful for owners of Dell 2407FPW. You can see on Screenshots the advantages of this software, your screen is "splitted" so that you are able to display up to 6 no overlaping windows at the same time.












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, 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.



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What is the best free iPod manager?

Notes from ClifNotes, Oct 2007, permalink Music Management


From Tony:

Hey Clif,


I was wondering if you wanted to get feedback from users of iPod managers.


What I suggest is you post this link from wikipedia comparing the free ones


I would like to add either floola or yamipod to my site, but I really would like more feedback from users.


I'm really not up with this technology because I don't have an iPod. I would appreciate some feedback from those that use them.


So which is the best free alternative to iTunes?


Kind regards








Note from Clif:

If you are an iPod user, and you are tired of iTunes, give one or more of these free iPod managers a try and let us know how you like it. If you are already using a free iPod manager, tell us all about it.


You can see them listed here.




List of Freeware Anti-Keyloggers

Notes from ClifNotes, Oct 2007, permalink Security Tools


Recently someone wrote me to tell me they were fairly certain that their PC and online activities were being monitored. What can a person do to stay secure in an insecure environment?


I don't have all the answers, but I did recommend two places for help.


First, I recommended setting up a CosmoPod account. The Cosmopod service allows you to connect to your own virtual PC on a server and also provides you with an encrypted connection, similar to a VPN. That lets you surf on the net inside Cosmopod without anyone on your network (or spies) being able to see what you are doing.


That doesn't protect you from Keyloggers or screen capturing spyware that's installed on your computer. If that's the case then you can't depend on much privacy at all. I recommend that you take a look at the CastleCops list of free anti-keylogger software.


A good two-way firewall can protect your PC from unauthorized intrusions and unknown connections from your PC to the net. See this list of freeware firewalls from CastleCops.


If you think this info can't help you much, you might be very wrong. You may be monitored every time you use a public PC or use a public wifi connection. In such cases, my advice here may help. I've also found a good article about public wifi security from Jiwire.com.


I'd love to hear about other possible solutions from the rest of you. Be sure to comment below if you have some good ideas.


Quote from the website

  • Anti-Keyloggers
    • Anti-Keylogger - Resident Guard
    • Anti-keylogger on demand only
    • Other passive methods to protect from keylogging (but will not detect)
    • Virtual keyboards
    • Other none-technological methods
  • Resources to learn about keylogging and antikeylogging





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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Last Mondays News Letter Tips

1. Running Network Diagnostics In Windows XP Pro!




2. My Old Computer Continues To Freeze. Is it time for a new Hard Drive or New Computer?




3. My PC boots up to a Black Screen with a message that my Hard Drive does not exist.




4. I Have Heard About It And Saw It Once. How Do I Run Netmeeting




5. How Do I Silence My Modem In Windows? Squeals And Strange Sounds I Should Record For Halloween.




6. How Do I Install Recovery Console In Windows XP




7. How Do I Get XP To Empty The Temporary Internet File Folder When My Browser Closes?




8. How Do I Disable Automatic Restart To Read Blue Screen Messages




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Comments last week

Thanks to everyone who commented on the articles last week. You gave me more ideas and some good advice.



Lotus Symphony - the new kid in free office suites •

Open Office - MS Office alternative •

WinAmp - multimedia player to the max •

GemSwap - a free clone of Bejeweled •

Firefox Wonder Edition

ThreatFire - protection against zero-day threats •


tips and feedback

How to clean an LCD screen

One last word on security - from Bill Webb •

Microsoft creates more nightmares for itself


cool websites

micado - create reusable multiple choice exams on-line •

Encyclopedia Mythica - the myth lives on •

Survival Against All Odds

Google Presentation - web enabled Power Point clone •



















CoolSites Newsletter this week


Here are a 6 links (out of dozens) from Mark's CoolSites Newsletter. Be sure to visit his site and see the rest of his links this week.


September 21 2007 COOLSITES Newsletter # 131 by Mark Donaldson


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.




Building Stonehenge - Michigan man solves the mystery

TipsFromTiffany, Sep 2007, permalink Cool Videos


A tip from Tiffany:

This video is amazing! A gentleman from Flint, Michigan shows the whole world how the Stonehenge was built. It’s simply a matter of ingenuity. Just move the bigger rock with the help of smaller ones, and gravity. Watch and see for yourself:



Tiffany Cartier



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





See Wally Wallington's website:




I see giraffes

Notes from ClifNotes, Sep 2007, permalink Funny


This one came to us in an email.

Thanks to Juls.


If you stare at this picture long enough you should be able to see a giraffe. This is weird. Give it a try.




SlideShare - is like YouTube for slide presentations

review from ClifNotes, Oct 2007, permalink Web Service


Tiffany recently sent me an email with a fairly large PPT (PowerPoint) slide show in it. I wanted to share it with everyone so I went off in search of a web service for displaying PPT files. SlideShare was at the top of the list and it supports PPT (MS PowerPoint), ODP (Open Office), and PDF (Adobe Portable Documents).


I tried it and after only giving them an email address, I was able to upload and share a PPT file with the world. This is a most excellent service. I can recommend it highly.


They allow you to post some simple HTML in your website or blog that displays the slide show for you. It looks like this:

<img src="f/blank.gif" width=20 align=left><object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="http://s3.amazonaws.com/slideshare/ssplayer.swf?id=132323&doc=photosincroyables4730" width="425" height="348"><param name="movie" value="http://s3.amazonaws.com/slideshare/ssplayer.swf?id=132323&doc=photosincroyables4730" /></object>


Here's a cool SlideShare I found today.



Quote from the website

SlideShare is the world's largest community for sharing presentations & slideshows. You can upload your PowerPoint, OpenOffice, Keynote or PDF files, tag them, embed them into your blog or website, browse others' presentations, and comment on individual slides. What's more, the transcripts of your presentation will be indexed by internet search engines and show up in search results. It's a great way to share your ideas with others, or to learn from other people. And it's completely free.




Superb Photos - a great slideshow

Tips from Tiffany, Oct 2007, permalink Multimedia


A tip from Tiffany:

These photos are sensational beyond words. Any of these would win first prize in a photo contest.



Tiffany Cartier



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




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More than 100 Web 2.0 Online Generators

Notes from ClifNotes, Oct 2007, permalink Web Service


Thanks to CC for this good tip. I've got plenty of surfing to do now. I'll probably add a few of these links to my short list of image generators.


Quote from the website

More than 100 Web 2.0 Online Generators

Here the list of online generators specifically for web 2.0 design: enjoy 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 800 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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