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Welcome to Clif Notes Newsletter

July 13, 2008

 

 

  

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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REVIEWS

 

RUBotted - protection against computer bots

Posted by ClifNotes, July 2008, permalink Security Tools

 

I like to try out free security programs. It's not that I'm paranoid, but that I should be.

 

Trend Micro has made this RUBotted utility freely available. I tried it, but I really don't like the idea of leaving the darned thing run all the time. I personally only run it every now and then, if at all.

 

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Quote from the website

Malicious software called Bots can secretly take control of computers and make them participate in networks called “Botnets.” These networks can harness massive computing power and Internet bandwidth to relay spam, attack web servers, infect more computers, and perform other illicit activities.

 

Security experts believe that millions of computers have already joined Botnets without the knowledge of their owners. By using remotely-controlled computers, the criminals in charge of the Botnets try to remain anonymous and elude authorities seeking to prosecute them.

 

RUBotted monitors your computer for suspicious activities and regularly checks with an online service to identify behavior associated with Bots. Upon discovering a potential infection, RUBotted prompts you to scan and clean your computer.


http://www.trendsecure.com/portal/en-US/tools/security_tools/rubotted

 

 

 

 


 

John's Background Switcher - Windows wallpaper complete control

Posted by ClifNotes, July 2008, permalink Desktop Tools

 

I've got pretty simple tastes when it comes to making my desktop look good. If you need something a bit fancier, like automatic wallpaper switching, John's Background Switcher is one of the absolute best ... and it's free.

 

If you'd like to find out a bit more about it, read a little bit of the review from y0himba at donationcoder.

 

It provides not only the ability to use pictures you select, or entire folders and sub-folder you select, but also allows for random Flickr and Yahoo photos/pictures! You read correctly, you can configure John's Background Switcher to grab the top 100 or whatever user specified number of photos/pictures off Flickr and Yahoo for endless random backgrounds. You can also specify tag/text keywords for Flickr, and search terms for Yahoo ... This switcher surpasses all others in my opinion, and completely leaves comparable commercial products in the dust. The author is very personable, and responds to every feature request and bug report through his forums. While you are on his site, check out his photography. If you enjoy this program as much as I am, please donate.

 

read the rest of y0himba's review

 

http://www.johnsadventures.com/software/backgroundswitcher

 

Visit DonationCoder to see more reviews.

 


 

360 Desktop - a panoramic virtual desktop manager

Posted by ClifNotes, July 2008, permalink Desktop Tools

 

A few years ago, I was having fun trying out a virtual desktop manager called Sphere. It allowed you to use a desktop that virtually put you in the center of a spherical domain where your opened applications could reside all around you. The application went payware and so my interest in it vaporized.

 

Recently, I saw the review below from Samer at freewaregenius. 360 Desktop promises to bring back a similar desktop world where your desktop gives you some real freedom of movement.

 

from Samer:

Imagine a desktop environment that is spread across multiple screens consisting of a single, panoramic wallpaper image, and where you can scroll smoothly across the new desktop and place both icons and applications anywhere you like.

 

360 Desktop tries to deliver exactly this with some success. It provides a never-ending desktop that scrolls smoothly and creates the feeling of an expansive workspace with a lot of space for your windows, apps, and icons. However, the pre-release beta tested here still has some major kinks that need to be ironed out, high on the list of which is it’s support for embedded internet widgets that still feels rudimentary and left me wishing that I could simply switch it off ...

 

read the rest of Samer's review

 

 

http://www.360desktop.com/

 

 


 

SlickRun - shortcuts for getting things done

review from TopFreeware, Apr 2007, permalink Desktop Tools

 

From Clif:

Here's another great freebie for you from Tony. He's got plenty more, so be sure to drop by his site to see them.

 

Quote from Tony:

SlickRun - Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista - 32 mb memory - 2 mb disk space

 

A command line launcher that comes with extras.

Setup magicwords to launch files, folders, urls, executables and more. With this utility, you really have no need to use the run command.

 

Features include autocomplete, floating bar, ghost mode, import/export of magicwords and more. This is really popular and I can see why.

 

It will save you a lot of time and might even become one of your favourite little tools that you use daily

 

http://www.bayden.com/SlickRun/

 

 

Kind Regards

 

Tony

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

 


 

Desktop Stress Reliever - destroy your desktop game

Posted by ClifNotes, July 2008, permalink Games

 

I've been using this stand-alone tool for years to keep visiting kids entertained on my computers. The game lets you destroy an image of your desktop using 9 different tools. Just don't tell the kids about using the Escape key to exit the program.

 

Quote from the site:

Computer been giving you a hard time? This game will let you take a virtual hammer to the screen amongst other things! A great stress reliever.

 

Download the "Stress Relief" program by clicking on one of the links below. Unzip the file you have downloaded (but do try to remember where you unzipped it to!).

 

Remember to press key to get back to menu to exit the programme or to change tools of destruction!

 

Complete with sound effects - it does work to reduce stress levels!

http://www.hortplus.com/FreeStuf/Stress/Stress.htm

 


 

DreamMail4 - A portable e-mail client with full Rich Text support

Posted by ClifNotes, July 2008, permalink E-mail Programs

 

Here is a review from one of your fellow readers. Thanks Tom!

 

from Tom McKee:

 

 

IS IT FREEWARE? Yes

 

WHERE IS THE WEBSITE AT? http://www.dreammail-europe.org/

IS THE DOWNLOAD LINK EASY TO FIND? Yes

 

WHAT KIND OF PROGRAM IS IT? E-Mail Client

WHAT VERSIONS OF WINDOWS ARE REQUIRED? Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista (2000/XP/Vista recommended)

DOES IT REQUIRE ANYTHING ELSE? (LIKE .NET) 500MHz or up machine

IS IT A LARGE OR SMALL DOWNLOAD? 5 Mb

 

IS IT AN EASY PROGRAM TO INSTALL? Yes, the download is a zip file. Just extract the files to your folder of choice.

DOES IT COME WITH AN UNINSTALLER? No, and it doesn't need one. It's a portable app.

 

WHERE DID YOU FIND IT? http://www.techsupportalert.com/...mail- client.htm

WERE YOU LOOKING FOR SOMETHING LIKE THIS? Yes, and it was a lengthly search. Got sidetracked for hours with Pegasus Mail which I was never able to get fully working.

 

WHAT ARE YOU USING IT FOR? I have two uses for this program:

1. On a USB key for checking my e-mail on other peoples machines while traveling.

2. As the only program on a small USB key that will be given to selected members of an organization as needed so that they can make mass mailings to the 200 members of the organization without having to make any changes to their normal e-mail client.

 

WHAT WERE YOU USING BEFORE YOU FOUND THIS? Popcorn, which is a great little program, but it lacks a rich text editor.

HAS IT SOLVED A PROBLEM YOU WERE HAVING? Yes, completely

WHAT PROBLEMS HAS IT CAUSED? None so far

 

IS THE PROGRAM EASY TO USE? Yes

DOES IT COME WITH HELP FILES? No, but there is a forum ( http://forum.dreammail-europe.org/ ) that could provide some help. I didn't need any help in setting it up. It should be noted that the program is by Chinese authors and Chinese pops up here and there in the program's files.

WHAT FEATURES DO YOU LIKE OR NOT LIKE? It's a portable app. and it has full rich text support. Only a few programs do both.

WHAT FEATURES WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE ADDED OR TAKEN AWAY OR CHANGED? None so far.

 

Tom McKee

http://www.imradioha.org/

 

DreamMail download

http://www.dreammail-europe.org/

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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.

 

 

Previous What Do You Need comments

 

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Is it ok to download pirated software, videos, or music?

Posted by ClifNotes, Jul 2008, permalink Windows Tips

 

I want to ask you a simple question. Is it ok to download and use everything you find on the net?

 

I'm not talking about making copies of something yourself. Many people feel that it's only "Fair Use" to make a copy of any digital media, such as CDs or DVDs, if they intend to use it only as a backup copy. Let's table the topic of "Fair Use" for another day.

 

First, let me tell you how I feel about it. I don't feel that it's right to use protected works without permission or without paying for it in some fashion.

 

I'm not innocent. Years ago, I believed it was perfectly ok to go out and grab cracked software and music files. Gradually, I've gotten older and wiser, I hope. Now days, I never visit file sharing sites, and I generally buy a CD or DVD if I need to hear a favorite band or watch a movie.

 

I asked a friend of mine, let's call him "Unrepentent", what he thought about downloading pirated software.

 

 

From Unrepentent:

First off, I don't think it is appropriate as a main topic for your site, because it's not really about free stuff. Personally I don't regard it as Stealing exactly either, since I'm not using it to make a profit, but a victimless-crime IS still illegal, and if the various not-quite-free-wares (Trial-ware, Cripple-ware, Demo-Ware) aren't free, then Pirated warez definitely aren't. You do however often address off-topic concerns, especially when they address internet security & safety, or are common or hot topics.

 

Caveat --- You REALLY do NOT want to come across as advocating it. Heh, even an unrepentant old Pirate (A-a-a-a-arr!) doesn't do that. I freely acknowledge that what I am doing is wrong, but I'm okay with that. Anybody who follows my footsteps should be okay with it too, or shouldn't do it. Thanks to you and other members of the Free Software Movement (including myself), there are a lot of free options for most things. With a very few exceptions, the recommendations I make to others involve freeware and Open Source, and they more than suffice. In fact, I do much less pirating these days - it's just not necessary, I can usually find something free or open that does what I want that's just as good.

 

Not always though...

Sometimes I need to check out THE app in order to know what to look for in a free one, or whether it's the right app for the job. If there's a legitimate rationale for Piracy, that would be it.

 

Another thing about Pirating apps these days as opposed to finding open or free ones, is that it's often not worth the hassle. I'm not just talking due diligence. If you think downloading ANYTHING these days is risky (and it is), then Pirated stuff is a thousand-fold more risky. You really need to feel comfortable and knowledgable before you get into it. Just like 'Real Life'.

 


 

 

 

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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Comments last week

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

 

REVIEW

HostsMan - blocking ads and bad web sites is now easier •

ID3 renamer - easily rename all of your MP3 files •

Process Security Manager - detailed information on running processes •

Active@ ISO Burner - a simple and effective CD/DVD image writer •

Kaspersky Rescue Disk beta - remove the really tough viruses •

Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool

Firefox 3 is here!

Macrium Reflect - backup using a disk image •

Google Notebook - a clipboard for the web •

 

FEEDBACK

How to Reinstall Windows XP Without Reformatting

Security Threats in the Internet's Red Light District

 

COOL

Journey's New Lead Singer was chosen on YouTube


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COOL WEBSITES

 

Where the hell is Matt?

Posted by ClifNotes, Jun 2008, permalink Funny

 

Bob Constans wrote in with this great video tip. Thanks! I loved it.

If you'd like to know more about this dancing fool, see his website.

 

From Bob:

You really must see this. It is wonderfully, if strangely, uplifting ...

The way it shows how alike we all are renews my faith and makes me proud to be a member of the human race.

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlfKdbWwruY

 


 

Hitsquad's free musicware - for the penny pinching musician

Posted by ClifNotes, July 2008, permalink Cool Website

 

Tip from Bob Constans

 

This is THE main site from which I get most my music-related software - shareware AND freeware - I highly recommend it.

They've made some major improvements, making a great site even better.

I especially thought you'd be interested in their FREEWARE section

 

Quote from the website

Category categories

 

• All

• Assorted Tools

• Audio & Video Capture

• Audio Codecs

• Audio Editors

• Audio Players - Jukebox

• Audio Restoration

• Audio Sequencers

• Auto Accompaniment

• Bass Guitar

• Business Applications

• Cataloging

• CD Burners

• CD Rippers

• Chords

• Computer Aided Composition

• CSound

• DJ - Mixing

• Drums - Percussion

• DVD Authoring

• DVD Rippers

• Ear Training

• Effects - Delay/Echo

• Effects - Other

• Effects - Reverb

• Experimental

• File Sharing

• Format Converters

• Guitar

• Hosts - AU

• Hosts - DX

• Hosts - Other

• Hosts - VST

• Instrument Tuners

• Karaoke

• Keyboards on PC

• Kids Music Software

• Label Printing

• Live Performance

• Loop - Groove Makers

• Lyric Writing Tools

• Mastering

• Metronomes

• MIDI Controllers

• MIDI Converters

• MIDI Sequencers

• MIDI Utilities

• Miscellaneous

• MOD Trackers - Players

• MP3

• Multitrack Recording

• Music Calculators

• Music Programming Tools

• Music Tuition

• Network Tools

• Notation

• Oscilloscopes

• Patch Editors & Librarians

• Plugin Wrappers

• Plugins AU

• Plugins DX

• Plugins DXi

• Plugins Other

• Plugins VST

• Plugins VSTi

• Portable Players

• Production Suite

• Radio Production

• Recording

• Ringtones

• Sample & Loops Packs

• Slow Down Music

• Software Samplers

• Software Synthesizers

• Sound Cards - Device Drivers

• Sound Fonts

• Spectrum Analyzers

• Streaming Media

• Tablature

• Text to Vocals

• Video - Multimedia

• Vocal Removers

• Vocoders

http://www.hitsquad.com/smm/freeware/

 


 

 

 

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.

 

July 11 2008 COOLSITES Newsletter #173 by Mark Donaldson

• Free Clip Art: http://www.dailyclipart.net/

• Freeware by Tingan: http://www.tingan.com/

• How to Reset Windows NT, XP and Vista Admin Password: http://www.nirmaltv.com/2008/07/03/how-to-reset-windows-nt-xp-and-vista-admin-password

• XP. Altering Windows XP Disassembling, Hex-editing, Reshacking: http://des.virtualplastic.net/index.html

• Photoscape - Free Photo Editing Software Download: http://www.photoscape.org/ps/main/index.php

• Registry Auditor gives you a quick look at the Adware, malware and spyware installed on your computer including parasites and trojans: http://www.nsauditor.com/anti_adware_spyware_tools/registry_adware_spyware_scanner.html

http://luem42.googlepages.com/coolsites.html

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW NEWS

 

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.

http://zia.blogspot.com/

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER STUFF

 

Frapper - you people live all over the world!

Wow! Over 900 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.

 


 

Get Gmail! and Get Firefox!

 

You need a free 6 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

permalink

 

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

 

 

 

 

Find out more about Meebo.com


 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 


 

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