• If you are citizen of an European Union member nation, you may not use this service unless you are at least 16 years old.

  • Finally, you can manage your Google Docs, uploads, and email attachments (plus Dropbox and Slack files) in one convenient place. Claim a free account, and in less than 2 minutes, Dokkio (from the makers of PBworks) can automatically organize your content for you.



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Welcome to Clif Notes Newsletter

February 3, 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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MediaCoder - free Open Source audio converter and extractor

Notes from ClifNotes, Feb 2008, permalink Audio Encoders and Converters


I tried this program briefly. It does way more than I need. Everything I tried seemed to work just fine. It's an Open Source freebie, so I'd never complain if it wasn't perfect.


  • Convert to and from many audio and video compression formats and re-multiplex into various container formats in batches
  • Full control over transcoding parameters, you can learn about audio/video encoding and play with various codecs
  • Strong decoding capability for partial or corrupted contents
  • Simplified UI for popular mobile devices (e.g. PSP, iPhone/iPod)
  • Fully standalone, no dependance on system codecs/splitters
  • Extension (scripting language) infrastructure to expand user interfaces and improve user experience




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Quote from the website

MediaCoder is a free universal batch media transcoder, which nicely integrates most popular audio/video codecs and tools into an all-in-one solution. With a flexible and extendable architecture, new codecs and tools are added in constantly as well as supports for new devices. MediaCoder intends to be the swiss army knife for media transcoding in all time and at this moment, it already has millions of users from 170+ countries all over the planet.




Movie Organizer - get your collection organized

Notes from ClifNotes, Feb 2008, permalink Movie Organizers


Here are two good tips from Lesley:

I've already reviewed MeeMix, but the other one sounds good.


Hiya Clif,


Here are 2 cool sites I found in an Ezine.

I love the meemix site, almost broke my chair LOL


Enjoy :)







About Movie Organizer:

Get your movie collection organized with the OXD Software Movie Organizer.

The most advanced Movie Organizer of all, and it's completely free.


Download movie information and images online using UPC, title, actors or MOODb ID. Upload your movie collection online and get your own URL to your collection.

Advanced printouts including the possibility to print DVD covers. And much more.


It's fully integrated with MOODb and IMDb. Soon also integrated with Moviegap.com,

which will be a movie site where you can buy/sell/trade used movies.


Movie Organizer can be run on Windows 9x/NT/2000/Me/XP/2003.




VideoSpin - create your own videos in minutes

Notes from ClifNotes, Feb 2008, permalink Video Tools


I saw a review of this program at PC World:

It looks good.


Quote from the website

VideoSpin is a brand new tool that allows you to create your own movie clips in minutes using your own videos and pictures.


With this fully functional video editing software you can:


• Mix videos, photos and music together

• Add titles and transitions

• NEW! Upload to the web in a snap!

• NEW! Direct upload to YouTube and Flash support*

• And it's FREE!




Kantaris Media Player - open-source alternative to Windows Media Player

Notes from ClifNotes, Feb 2008, permalink Multimedia Players


I found a description of this media player.

I haven't tried it yet. Has anyone here used it? Add a comment below.


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Quote from the website

Kantaris can play almost anything you can throw at it -- AVI, MPEG, MGEG-AVC, WMV, MOV, MKV, quicktime, matroska, divx, xvid, H264, MP3, WMA, OGG files and more. Kantaris can also play DVDs and audio CDs. The player also displays some of the most beautiful music visualizations ever seen. All this is completely free.




NewsGator FeedDemon 2.6 - the best of both online and on PC

Notes from ClifNotes, Feb 2008, permalink RSS Feed Readers


I recently ran into a blog that interests me. The blog is called ...

Confessions of a freeware junkie


Here is a recent post that you may find useful.


Quote from the blog:

I've been so torn between keeping my RSS feeds online via Google Reader vs. a local installation, such as Omea. I love the way Omea looks, and how responsive it is after it loads, but I don't like the lengthy startup and shutdown time. Alternatively, I like Google Reader's ability to be accessed anywhere there is an Internet connection, but I'm not a fan of the interface.


What to do?


Well, now I can have the best of both worlds! NewsGator's RSS reader, FeedDemon has been available for quite awhile, but for a fee. Since this isn't "Confessions of a freeware junkie" *ahem*, I hadn't looked at it until now - because finally it is available for those of us budget-challenged geeks! ...

read the rest of this post



ComicRack - comic ebook reader and manager

Notes from ClifNotes, Feb 2008, permalink Info Management


Here's a great review from the freewaregenius blog:


Quote from the blog:

ComicRack is a free comic ebook reader for CBZ, ZIP, CBR, RAR, TAR and PDF formats. It is designed as a full-feature reader with bells and whistles as well as being a manager for your library of comic ebooks and metadata. It can also convert ebooks to other ebook formats.

read the rest of this post








Old Newsletter


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



















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.



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


Search all the comments


Unlikely Friends

Notes from ClifNotes, Jan 2008, permalink Funny


Thanks for this video tip, goes to Tiffany.






January 2008 visitors to these pages.

Notes from ClifNotes, Feb 2008, permalink Web Service


Who is visiting my wiki?

Where do they live?


Below is a table showing all the visitors to this website during January.

Thanks to all of you freebie junkies out there for making my wiki so popular.



I used the free web services Google Analytics and Google Docs to gather and display this information.


Quote from the Google Analytics website

The new Google Analytics makes it easy to improve your results online. Write better ads, strengthen your marketing initiatives, and create higher-converting websites. Google Analytics is free to all advertisers, publishers, and site owners.


Quote from the Google Docs website

Create, edit and upload quickly

Import your existing documents, spreadsheets and presentations, or create new ones from scratch.


Access and edit from anywhere

All you need is a Web browser. Your documents are stored securely online.


Share changes in real time

Invite people to your documents and make changes together, at the same time.


It's free -- you don't pay a nickel








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. Is it possible to open a program and when it opens have it Minimize to the Task Bar?




2. I am trying to rename the icon to a blank name or Just No Text At All. Is this possible?




3. I have four other Users on this computer and I would like to Create a hidden folder that cannot be found real easy.




4. Is there any way that I can Scan For Dead Links in my Bookmarks? I have years and years worth and would like to weed out the dead ones.




5. Reset the Administrator Password in Windows XP.




6. Would you recommend a program (Freeware if possible) with a few more features that the bland XP Calculator?




7. Instantly Create A List Of All Files In Windows XP.




8. Locate that Missing Download In Windows XP.




9. Fix an Unbootable Windows XP PC.




10. Fix A Mangled XP PC With A Repair Install.








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Last Wednesdays News Letter Tips.


1. Speed Up XP Boot with a Boot Defrag.




2. Minimize Running Programs to Boost Your Available Memory in Windows XP.




3. If I Unload My Unused Fonts Wouldn't It Make My Computer Boot Faster?




4. Can I Disable The Unread Mail That Displays on Logon Screen In Windows XP?




5. Do You Have Any More Performance Boosts For Windows XP?




6. You Can Add Any Program Or Location To Your "Send To" Menu In Windows XP.




7. Ensure That Your Hard Drives Are Set At Maximum Speed!




8. You Can Enable the Shortcut for Run in Vista's Start Menu.




9. Here is How To Run a Complete System Diagnostic with Vista!




10. Backup Important System Files the Easy Way 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




Computer Motherboard And Chipset Drivers.







How Do I Prevent CHKDSK From Running Every Time My PC Starts






IF01766 Easy enable real Administrator Account in Windows Vista Home Premium




IF01767 Keep User Account Control active, but get rid of annoying popups in Vista.




IF01768 Transfer User Accounts, System Settings from XP to Vista.




IF02011 Map a Network Printer In Windows XP.




IF02006 Using The Windows XP Event Viewer Log.







Comments last week

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



DeepBurner - create usable CDs, not drink coasters •

Kryptonite - helps you learn HTML while you design •

Docx2RTF - convert Office 2007 formats to something you can use •

WinLibre - a collection good freeware with a pick and choose installer •

Google Docs Uploader - now an easy way to take your office docs into Google Docs •



Last.fm helps to free the music

Lifehackers Exclusive Line of Productivity Software

Redneck Power Windows




MeeMix - web radio exactly as you want to hear it •

Verify Email Address - who emailed you, are they real? •

instaSaver - create your own screen savers •
















Top 10 Anti-Malware Tools

Notes from ClifNotes, Feb 2008, permalink Security Tools


Here's another tip from Lesley:

After reading it, I determined I don't care for all the Anime and other useless info at this site. However, if you manage to get past that, there are some good recommendations in this post.


Hi Clif,


Here is a great site I found while searching


Top 10 Anti-Malware Tools



Hope it can be useful to someone.




Quote from the website

"I'm making a list, and checking it twice! Valca Claus is going to take on malware that's been naughty with some security tools that are nice.." Let's see what Claus's lovely Hina Girl elves have in the gift-bag for you.




Freeware Bulletin Board - nice place to browse

Notes from ClifNotes, Feb 2008, permalink 5oftware Collections


Here's a great site I found. If you just want to relax and look through a nicely categorized forum with all the descriptions and download links. As far as I can tell, they've been pretty selective and are including only safe freebies.


Quote from the website

FreewareBB is quite unlike a lot of other freeware sites due to the fact that we are first and foremost a forum (or as our name says a "Bulletin Board") and as such we aim to offer more of a community than just a web site. We actively encourage our members to add to our content submitting software they have themselves found, installed and proven to be useful. Anyone is free to register although you need only register if you wish to add or reply on our site.


FreewareBB does not use any form of 'auto-submission' system from author's or developer's. Traditionally, some sites offering freeware, shareware, trialware, etc use auto-generated means of populating their sites with content which usually involves the author using a third party application to enter the particulars of their creation which would then update all those sites which were subscribed to the technology. Using this technology means anything and everything is posted by the authors themselves meaning most submissions are not impartial and could potentially be used by spammers thus increasing the workload for the webmasters which takes their efforts away from day to day business. More importantly, this technology would appear to be no longer under any kind of support or further development and is running the risk of becoming seriously outdated or even vulnerable. We instead, like to source our freeware from a variety of locations and not rely on authors submitting hundreds of articles to thousands of sites. Our site is 100% human edited and is updated manually, either by us or by our members.








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.


February 1 2008 COOLSITES Newsletter #150 by Mark Donaldson

• Free legal forms and business templates. Scribd has the biggest document collection, but it's not focused on professional documents alone: http://www.scribd.com/

• Freeware at IanSharpe.com - Downloads: http://www.iansharpe.com/downloads.php

• Freeware by Shock: http://update.docs.kr/entry/Products-Summary-en

• Freeware. YouGetSignal.com is a collection of network tools: http://www.yougetsignal.com/about/

• New. AlfaClock. taskbar clock (tray clock) enhancement, full featured atomic clock, talking clock, alarm and pop-up calendar.: http://www.alfasoftweb.com/alfaclock/

• New. Asman accounting bookkeeping software software covers all business and office needs in accounting, bookkeeping, payroll, general journal, double entry, single entry, small business: http://www.hotkeysoft.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.












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 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



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





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