Friday, February 28, 2003

Weather Pulse 1.41 Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP
(FileSize: 779 kb) Freeware

Weather Pulse is a weather monitoring tool that that displays detailed weather information for selected US cities, as well as popular satellite images from around the globe. It includes weather alert options, 10 day forecast, hourly forecast, detailed forecast and more. The satellite images can be sent via email and also saved to file. Weather Pulse integrates all the information into a simple, easy to use interface and also provides a tray icon that displays the current temperature (we had to change the font settings for proper display). You can also add custom radar and weather images, view animated images and monitor multiple zip codes. A nicely done program that puts local and global weather information into easy reach from the system tray.
Go to: Weather Pulse Website

RUNit 2.01b Win95/98 and NT(4.0 and above).
(FileSize: 39kb) Freeware
Introduction yet another launchpad? Yes - but this one is different, this one is great, no one who has ever tried it could live without it anymore! RUNit is a simple but yet powerful launchpad for Win95/98 and NT(4.0 and above). RUNit gives you quick access to applications, documents, folders and shortcuts. Unlike many other launchpads RUNit doesn't occupy any space on your screen - you only see it when you actually use it. RUNit defines a "hot area" on your screen where a click of the right mouse button makes the RUNit launch-menu appear (see fig. 1).The "hot area" can be any border of the screen or even the whole screen. (you have to hold down the CRTL or SHIFT key while right clicking in "whole screen mode") Best part no registry entries!
Go to: RUNit Website

Thursday, February 27, 2003

InsideCAT Freeware Edition 1.0 Windows all versions
(FileSize: 1.4 mb) Freeware

InsideCAT is a disk cataloging program for CD-ROMs, floppies, ZipDisks etc. It offers support for compressed files (ZIP, RAR, CAB, ACE, JAR, ARJ, LZH, LHA, ARC, ZOO, PAK, TAR, GZIP, EXE))and can index the content of your drive or media for offline searching. Once indexed, you can search the media without having to insert the physical disk. The program offers a simple search, as well as advanced search with support for wildcards, attribute search and more.
Go to: InsideCat Website What do you need to know? Have you got a math question? FactMonster can help. Need to know about current events, science, or sports? FactMonster can help. Among the many very cool features you'll find at are an atlas, an encyclopedia, an almanac and a dictionary. There are daily features too. Would you like to know what happened on this day in history? You'll find it here. How about birthdays of famous people? Also here. There are quizzes, games, and lots of other cool stuff. There's even a place to help kids with their homework.
Go to

Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Sizer 3.3 Windows all versions
(FileSize: 73 kb) Freeware

Sizer is a freeware utility that allows you to resize any window to an exact, predefined size. This is extremely useful when designing web pages, as it allows you to see how the page will look when viewed at a smaller size. The utility is also handy when compiling screen-shots for documentation, using Sizer allows you to easily maintain the same window size across screen grabs. You can also configure Sizer to resize a window to whatever custom size you prefer.
Go to: Sizer Website

Tuesday, February 25, 2003

AI RoboForm - 5.1.4 Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000
Internet Explorer 4.0 or later or Netscape 6
(FileSize: 1.1 mb) Freeware

With this handy little utility you will not have to spend as much time filling out Web forms because common fields are completed automatically. Upon setup, you give RoboForm your vital information-- name, address, phone numbers, and more. When you get to a form that you need to fill out, let RoboForm to do the work for you. Just right click in the browser frame that contains the form, select the "ROBOFORM" option from the popup menu. The program analyzes the form's content and immediately fills all recognized fields with your information. If there is a field with a non-standard title, you can click the RoboForm tray icon and manually choose from RoboForm's list of known fields. This newest release lets you fill non-internet forms in the manual mode.
Go to: RoboForm Website

Rename Master 2.24 Windows 95/98/2000/ME/XP
(FileSize: 534 kb) Freeware

Rename Master is a utility for renaming large groups of files with a few clicks. Anyone that has worked with websites, file archives, or collections of music, videos, or pictures has probably spent way too much time renaming hundreds of files. The program provides an easy to use interface that allows you to perform simple and advanced rename operations, very easily. You can even preview the to-be-renamed file names before you finalize it and apply any changes. Advanced renaming features include adding, removing from the original file name, replacing characters (name or extension) and support for several meta variables, that allow you to perform renaming based on the files size, date and several other criteria. Renaming operations can be saved as scripts, so they can easily be reused at a later time. Additional features include optional Explorer integration, uppercase/lowercase conversion, file filters and more. A powerful, yet easy to use renaming utility!
Go to: Rename Master Website

Sunday, February 23, 2003

i.Disk 1.7 Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
(FileSize: 223kb) Freeware

This utility lists all the subdirectories and their total sizes in a sorted order. This tree-based display provides useful information that allows you to reclaim disk space by finding where space is being used. You can delete files of a particular extension or delete certain segments of the directory tree. This utility doesn't add any registry entries, which is a plus in my book! [Special Note] Their website isn't the most organized. You can find i.Disk in their Freeware section.

Go to: Memcode Website

The Obsolete Computer Museum

This is a must-visit site for electronic nostalgia buffs. Ever wonder what the first laptop looked like? Take a look on this site. By the way, we learned that the first laptop came with it’s own built-in word processor, had 32K of RAM, a 300 baud internal modem, and would run for 20 hours on four AA batteries. Interesting? The operator of this cool site collects old computer hardware and might be able to help with your questions about dated equipment. Some vintage electronic hardware can be valuable, so if you’ve got a digital dinosaur sitting out in the garage, you might want to visit before dumping it.

Visit the: Obsolete Computer Museum Website

Saturday, February 22, 2003

Rainbow Folders version 1.01 Win98/2K/XP
(FileSize: 330 kb) Freeware/Postcardware

This program is free, however the author asks that if you use his program to send him a Postcard!
Rainbow Folders can change a folder's icon to the color of your choice without limiting you to a predefined color. You can also protect folders from deletion by checking the, "Warn when deleting" option from the program dialog box. When deleting such a folder, an "are you sure" type dialog pops up, giving you a second chance in case you're sleepcomputing. Fellow organized freaks can use the colors to represent different things such as home, work, client, school, or anything related to your life. I like tool tips (text that pops up when the mouse is over an icon) when learning a new program and this program allows you to create tool tips for your folders.
Go to: Rainbow Folders Website

Awasu 1.0 Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP
(FileSize: 3.28 mb) Freeware

Awasu is an RSS news-reader that lets you monitor thousands of web sites and weblogs around the world. Instead of spending your time searching for new stuff to read, trawling through pages full of ads and popups, Awasu can do the hard work for you and deliver only the stuff you're interested in, straight to your desktop. Using its powerful plugin architecture, Awasu can also be extended to monitor anything at all. Web sites, databases, web services, Awasu can watch them all and let you know when new content has been found.
Go to: Awasu 1.0 Website

Friday, February 21, 2003

Here is another company who makes some great products Visicom Media. Makers of AceHTML 5 Pro and AceFTP 3 Pro which are excellent shareware products. They also are offering Freeware versions of both products. Hopefully more companies will catch the Freeware bug, and offer some of their products for free! Here are the two Freeware versions with a brief description.

AceHTML 5 Freeware Win XP, Me, 2000, NT, 98, 95
(FileSize: 3.33 mb) Version 5.07.0 [Freeware]

Experience this powerful free HTML editor which comes fully-packed with outstanding features. Although completely free, its collection of solid tools helps novices and professional webmasters build Web sites with speed, ease, and convenience. Simply put, AceHTML 5 Freeware beats hands down many other paid-for HTML editors.
Go to Website: AceHTML 5 Freeware

AceFTP 2 Freeware Win XP, Me, 2000, NT, 98, 95
(FileSize: 1.89 mb) Version 2.07.0 [Freeware]

AceFTP Freeware is a powerful yet easy-to-use twin-pane ftp file manager for transferring files between your PC and a Web server. If you are looking at ftp programs for transferring files to and from the Internet then you would have to place AceFTP Freeware high on your list.

Store and configure your connexions using the advanced site manager explorer style
Make server-to-server file transfers
Open several FTP sites easily
Execute multiple file transfers concurrently
Preview files with the integrated viewer
Resume broken transfers
Monitor transfers graphically with the Transfer Rate Viewer

Go to Website: AceFTP 2 Freeware

Thursday, February 20, 2003

Okay todays goodies isn't a secret to alt.comp.freeware my favorite Freeware Newsgroup! It is a secret to most Internet users that don't belong to that newsgroup. So what is this secret? Simply the best offer on 5 top of the line products are now available for Free! The Serif Company have created a website called Free Serif Software. They are offering 5 of their best products for Free. You can also choose to have all their products shipped to you on CD for Free. Just pay the shipping and handling charges. So whether you download or have them sent to you, this is one great offer you shouldn't pass up. Go to their Website: Free Serif Software Website

PagePlus5PagePlus 5 helps you go beyond ordinary publishing to produce stunning professional designer quality work in print and online. It was designed to make all your DTP work easier and quicker.
DrawPlus 4
Serif DrawPlus 4 does it all from decorative page elements and logos, to full page illustrations and everything in between. With it's combination of powerful functionality, simplicity and professional quality output, DrawPlus 4 is the graphics and illustration program for everyone.
PhotoPlus 5.5
PhotoPlus has the features you'll need... from importing or creating pictures and animations, through manipulating colors and effects all the way to final export. Built in support for TWAIN scanners and cameras makes it easy to bring in your own photos, while comprehensive import filters let you open just about any standard bitmap image.
3DPlus 2Imagine being able to transform plain text into stunning 3D works of art with just a few clicks of your mouse! That's just the beginning! To start creating just pick and choose, mix and match, and customize to your heart's content.
WebPlus 6If you thought creating Web pages was difficult, think again! With WebPlus' Web Page Wizards you'll be designing and publishing professional looking Web sites fast. Whether you're a professional or novice you'll come to appreciate WebPlus' easy to use atmosphere. Use WebPlus to create impressive hyperlinks and hot spots. You can also add sound and video to your pages, or insert HTML and Java for even more cool effects. WebPlus supports HTML 4.0 for more efficient and accurate output.

Wednesday, February 19, 2003

Flight Tracker is a great way to track any flight from any airline. Many airlines use the flight tracker service. Want to know where that flight is? You can track a flight in real-time if you have the flight number, or know when it is supposed to depart or arrive. View FlightView data in AIS, Bart, CTA-FOS and PFM Includes flight number, current position, speed, altitude, departure and arrival airports/times Continuously updates schedule board times Graphical display of flights enroute. Go here to track a flight: Flight Tracker

FreeRIP MP3 ver 2.12 Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP
(FileSize: 843 kb) Freeware

FreeRip MP3 is a free application that can record digital audio tracks directly from compact discs, without going through your sound card (this process is known as "ripping"). You can save tracks as CD-quality WAV files or encode them to Ogg Vorbis or MP3 compressed format. Moreover you can encode existing 16 bit WAV files to Ogg Vorbis and MP3 formats. Freedb and ID3 Tagging are supported: FreeRIP MP3 automatically downloads songs title and LP data from freedb Internet databases and store them in the MP3 and Ogg Vorbis files itself. Download FreeRip Mp3 here

Scambusters provides clear information getting its visitors up to speed on the latest scams and Internet fraud. Scambusters has a free e-mail newsletter providing details on the latest scam-spam-fraud activities. ScamBusters Website

Tuesday, February 18, 2003

AI RoboForm v5.11 W9x/W2k/XP
(FileSize: 1118 k) Freeware

AI RoboForm is a push-button web form filler with some serious Artificial Intelligence (AI) inside. It allows you to define your personal profile or "usual" responses to a web form. This information is then saved, and when you need to fill a form, just click "Fill Forms" button, and form is filled out. AI RoboForm is fully client-based, so it is very fast, it never disables web site functions, and it works even in pop-up HTML windows. The most important feature of AI RoboForm is high accuracy - it fills 95% of all fields correctly.
AI RoboForm Website

Monday, February 17, 2003

SpeedFan 4.07 Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP
(FileSize 1.0 mb) Freeware

SpeedFan is a freeware program that monitors fan speeds, temperatures and voltages in computers with hardware monitoring chips. SpeedFan can even access S.M.A.R.T. info for those hard disks that support this feature (almost all :-)) and show hard disk temperatures too, if supported. SpeedFan can even change the FSB on some motherboards. At the lowest level, SpeedFan is an hardware monitoring software, but its main feature is that it can control the speed of the fans (depending on your sensor chip) according to the temperatures inside your pc, thus reducing noise and power consumption.
Go to: SpeedFan Website

Sunday, February 16, 2003

This is one cool and fascinating site! The Museum of Hoaxes covers hoaxes throughout the world, through the centuries. You can read about many of them, and see actual photos. This site even has a gullabilty test, to see how gullible you are. Here is an excerpt from their website: The Museum of Hoaxes:
A Collection of Pranks, Stunts, Deceptions, and Other Wonderful Stories Contrived for the Public From the Middle Ages to the New Millennium. We live in the Golden Age of the Hoax! But the phenomenon of hoaxing actually has a long history. Read all about the most amusing and outrageous hoaxes of all time in The Museum of Hoaxes.

Visit the Website: The Museum of Hoaxes

SoftCAT v1.22 Windows 95/98/NT/2000/ME/XP
(FileSize: 1.7 mb) Freeware

SoftCAT is a database program designed to help you organize your software. Not only will SoftCAT help you know what you have and where it is, but it will also help you keep track of important information like serial number, registration name, and other registration information. You never know when you NEED this information! More than 20 data fields will help you track information like program title, version, publisher, platform, type (commercial, freeware, shareware, etc.), category (Desktop Enhancements, Games, Utilities, etc.), price, installation date, installation folder, product homepage, serial number, and registration name.
Go to Website: SoftCat Webpage

Saturday, February 15, 2003

Tech Guys is the place to go when you have a computer problem, or you need a computer question answered. Here is what they say:
Our Mission Statement - To provide a much needed service to the online community by providing fast answers, expert technical support, and a helping hand when you find yourself wondering about the wonderful world of computers. Do you have a question? Do you have a problem? Give us a try.
Go to: The Tech Guys Website

Friday, February 14, 2003

Babel Fish Translation A great language translator, powered by SYSTRAN Technologies
Ever come across a web page in a language that you don't understand? If you have a pretty good idea of what language it might be, or you can keep on trying until you find out, this site is the place to go. Just copy and paste the web address to the translate bar and the entire site will come up in whatever language you pick. Babel Fish Translation Website

ClickTray Calendar 2.58h (File Size: 2658 kb)
Windows 95/98/2000/Me/XP [Freeware]

ClickTray Calendar is a calendar and reminder program in one. It has a user-friendly interface and can always be activated from the system tray. ClickTray Calendar's main window displays a month calendar, indicating on which days 'notices' will occur. A notice is either a to do item, birthday, holiday or reminder, all of which can be added from easy-to-use dialogs. Each month can have its own picture and the program can generate a desktop wallpaper displaying the current month along with its notices. Further features include a year overview, moon phase display, date calculation function, address book and calendar printer.
Go to: ClickTray Calendar Webpage

Thursday, February 13, 2003

This is one of the best Registry cleaners available. The best part is it's Freeware! jv16 PowerTools is the latest version. It's so much more than just a Registry Cleaner. Check out some of the key features! The Website: jv16 PowerTools

The key features
The Registry Tool (Screenshot)
- Remove registry entries from software you thought you had removed long ago
- Modify and remove unneeded shell extensions
- Remove file types
- Uninstall or remove software from the Windows' Add/Remove software list
- Add or remove programs which automatically start with windows
- Scan the registry for invalid entries with the best registry cleaner on the market
- Search the registry for any data with the registry finder
- Fix many common registry based problems with the registry fixer
- Automatic backup feature

The File Tool (Screenshot)
- Find duplicate, zero length files, temp files and broken shortcuts easily
- Find and remove unused shared DLL files
- Extract information from executable files, mp3s and from images
- Mass rename files with the unique file renamer tool
- Change attributes of thousands of files with a single click
- Find and replace text within text files
- Combine files together
- Encrypt files with Twofish, Blowfish, Rijndeal, Skipjack or Square encryption algorithms
- Securely wipe your sensitive data so it can never be restored
- Automatic backup feature

The Temp File Tool
- Define folders which you can later clean with just a one click
- Or make your computer automatically flush those temp dirs
- Find temp files which haven't been used for a few days
- You can remove the files in a normal way, move them to the recycle bin or securely wipe them so they cannot be restored

Tired of the same old News? You know the usual killings, crooked politicians, same ole same ole. Well what you need is a different kind of News. Fake News! is the place to go for interesting stories of events, and people that never took place! Certainly a lot more exciting, and interesting then the Real News! Make sure to check out the Archives. Go to: The Fake News Website

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Computer Stupidities

The following is a large collection of stories and anecdotes about clueless computer users. It's a baffling phenomenon that in today's society an individual, who might in other circumstances be considered smart and wise, can sit down in front of a computer screen and instantly lose every last shred of common sense he ever possessed. Complicate this phenomenon with a case of "computerphobia," and you end up with tech support personnel having phone conversations that are funny in retrospect but seem like perfectly valid motives for wild machine gun shooting sprees at the time. You will read stories in this file that will convince you that among the human race are human-shaped artichokes futilely attempting to break the highly regarded social convention that vegetables should not operate electronic equipment. And yet, amidst the vast, surging quantities of stupidity are perfectly excusable technological mishaps -- but that are amusing nonetheless. After all, even the best of us engages in a little brainless folly every once in a while. Visit Website: Computer Stupidities

Zapmeta Search Engine There's a new search engine in town. It's still in Beta stage, but shows great promise! This engine will get the results from many of the top search engines, and put them all together for you in one place. Give it a test drive and see for yourself. Zapmeta Search Engine

POP Peeper 2.27 email notification tool.
Windows: All versions (File size: 644 kb) Freeware

POP Peeper is a small utility that runs in your Windows system tray. It visually and audibly lets you know if you have email on any number of POP3 servers. It allows you to preview the headers of your email, and view the messages. There is also support for file attachments, which allows you to view the name of the files. If you are checking multiple accounts, you can specify a custom color for each, making it easy to distinguish the messages. Message preview is quick and fully supports HTML messages. Using POP Peeper, you can quickly scan what messages are important enough to read, and which ones you want to delete without even opening your email client. The program does not provide any reply options or spam filtering like some others, however if mail notification is your main reason, than this is a great little tool that works fast and efficient.
Go to Website: Pop Peeper Homepage

Tuesday, February 11, 2003

The makers of Ad-aware have come out with a new build 162. Go to their website to download the latest version: Ad-aware 160 Build 162

This is a cool site: Brian's Drive-In Theater The Drive-In has thousands of photos and lots of information about your favorite 'B' movie actors and actresses from the 1930s through the 1980s. Scroll down to see the different sections of the drive-in, and then click on the screens to access the pages. Be sure to see the entire site. Brian's Drive-In Theater

Monday, February 10, 2003

Here's a cool tip from the LockerGnome Newsletter about Internet Explorer.

Question: Every time I click a link that opens a new Internet Explorer window, the window opens off of the screen. I have tried resetting the defaults in Internet Options but that didn't fix the problem. Do you know how I can fix this?

Answer: I think we can manage to help you on this subject. The reason why a new Internet Explorer window opens off the screen is because the registry values for Internet Explorer are either damaged or incorrect. Now, I am going to tell you how to fix the problem, but it will require you to edit the registry and I recommend that you back it up first. For steps on how to backup your Windows registry, refer to Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 322755.

When you're ready to edit the registry, do the following:

1. To get to the registry, click Start | Run, then type "regedit" (sans quotes) and click OK.

2. Now, navigate to the following registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \ Main.

3. Once there, you need to delete the registry value called "windows_placement" (sans quotes).

4. Now, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \ Desktop \ Old WorkArea, and then delete the registry value named "OldWorkAreaRects" (sans quotes).

5. All that is left is to restart your computer, and from now on your Internet Explorer new windows will open on the screen. Good luck! [Brian]

Spam CSI v2.0.0.8 W9x/2k/XP
(Filesize: 6.4 mb) Freeware

Spam CSI - Crime Scene Investigator treats Spam like a crime and goes after the criminals.

This program takes advantage of the fact that all spam messages contain web links that they want you to click. It scans your POP mailbox and investigates the links found in your new email messages and then crawls through their web site to look for evidence. It will then score both the email message and web site using a comprehensive 1,200 word database and proprietary forensic techniques that will let you know exactly what is going on behind the message.

You may then choose to have the program send a complaint to their ISP or the State Attorney General, or simply delete the message.

Spam CSI Website

Sunday, February 09, 2003

Here's a cool site called this website is supposedly put together by a bunch of bored housewives. Who's mission is to spam the Internet. They have a cool animation section with some really good flash animations. Below are some of the cool animations. More can be found at their website: Below are some of my favorites.

Some Flash Movies

Time to bomb Saddam A cheery little tune to get you in the mood!

Strongbad/Website Some cool tips on what you need for the perfect site!

Opera Baby A little baby singing to his momma!

Harry Pothead The kids favorite little wizzard appears in a puff of smoke...

Taliban Come Mr Taliban, turn over Bin Laden...

Friday, February 07, 2003

Well today's goodies are from a company called Fresh Devices makers of fresh and free utilities! They currently offer three very good products. Below are the three programs.
Visit: Fresh Devices Website

Fresh Diagnose 5.50 (Freeware)

Fresh Diagnose is an utility designed to analyze and benchmark your computer system. It can analyze and benchmark many kinds of hardware, such as CPU performance, hard disk performance, video system information, mainboard information, and more! This software is 100% free, no ads, no spyware.

Go to: Fresh Diagnose page

Fresh Download 5.30 (Freeware)

Fresh Download is an easy-to-use and very fast download manager software that turbo charges downloading files from the Internet, such as your favorite freeware/shareware, mp3 files, movie files, picture collections, etc. Unlike any other similar utilities, this software is 100% free, no charges, no banners in the software (which steal your bandwidth) , no spyware.

Go to: Fresh Download page

Fresh UI 5.20 (Freeware)

Fresh UI is a fresh solution for configuring and optimizing Windows. Loaded with hundreds of useful hidden settings in Windows XP/2000/NT/ 98/95/Me, this software covers the customizing and optimizing techniques that you'll be glad to know, such as:

- Customizing Windows User Interface (UI)
- Optimizing system settings
- Optimizing hardware settings
- Customizing Windows application settings
- Controlling user environment with policies

Go to: Fresh UI page

Thursday, February 06, 2003

Totally Off The Record is the place for telling anonymous work stories.

It's a virtual water cooler where people doing the same jobs as you come to share, and share in, the Outrageous, Too Funny, Embarrassing and Feel Good (and for some jobs Celebrity) stories that happen to us all while at work.

We've all had things happen to us at work that are worth sharing with collegues and friends. Well, this is the place to share them...anonymously, of course.

Organized by occupation, Totally Off The Record features a large and growing library of text stories (and soon in audio format too) told by the people who lived them, in their own words.

So enjoy, read a few stories and pass along your favorites, even share your own stories.

It's totally anonymous. Totally work related. Totally fun. And best of all, Totally Off The Record.

Totally Off The Record Website

Here is a cool website! The famous Ripley's Believe it or not And everything you see on Ripley's Believe It Or Not! is real -- no professional actors, no elaborate sets. Truth really is stranger than fiction!

Wednesday, February 05, 2003

Virus Encyclopedia Search from has an excellent search engine to search for any type of computer virus. You can search by name, by what type, or what effect the virus causes. You can even search for viruses that occur on a specific day. All in all this is a very good Virus search engine. Go to search engine: Virus Encyclopedia Search

Ad-aware Standard Edition 6.0
(File size: 1.45 mb) Freeware

Finally Lavasoft has released their latest freeware version! They also have two shareware versions Ad-aware Plus and Ad-aware Pro, which have more features and offer real-time protection. However for most home users the Standard free edition should be all you need. This excellent program scans your registry and hardrive for Spyware. Once found it will offer to remove it for you. By removing spyware from your system you eliminate the obvious. Like the offending program phoning home and reporting what's on your computer, or Internet sites you visit. Your computer will crash less often, as spyware has been known to slow down your computer, or make your computer unstable. This is a must have program as it will keep your system free of spyware. Ad-aware 6.0 Standard Edition

Tuesday, February 04, 2003

SiteMorse is an online website checker. SiteMorse tests every element of a Web site, regardless of size, complexity, or location. It checks and reports on the number of URLs, pages, errors, site warnings, service response time, and calculated download speed of a tested Web site. My redesigned site is not quite ready for testing, but this in addition to the HTML, accessibility, and CSS-checking tools sounds like a wise addition to a Web site's testing toolbox. SiteMorse Website
(From LockerGnome Newsletter)

Hide Files ver 2.3 (File Size: 179k)
Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP [Freeware]
Product Description:

Hide Files allows you to select any folders (and sub folders with all files) of your choice to protect them as hidden. You can drag-and-drop the desired files/folders from Explorer into the Hide Files window. In one mouse click they become invisible. Once files or folders are hidden, it is impossible to find them, or access and remove any file. Unhiding files or folders is as easy as hiding them - just one mouse click and they are visible again. Visit Website:

Monday, February 03, 2003

NewsDesk ver 0.8 (Filesize:1.2m) Freeware
NewsDesk brings the web's latest headlines to your desktop. When you need to catch up on the latest in business, politics, technology, entertainment, and weblogs, NewsDesk is ready. Just subscribe to a channel, and within seconds you get the latest headlines updated hourly (some channels are updated every fifteen minutes). Add new channels for your favorite RSS-enabled blogs and other web sites. Go to: NewsDesk Website

The Internet is great! However along with the good there are usually some negatives. One of the negatives of the Internet are Pop ups. Those annoying little pop up windows that bombard you with advertisements, when you visit some web sites. A lot of them can be eliminated just by disabling Java, and Javascript. Since many websites these days use javascript, you may not see some of the sites the way the author intended. So the next best thing are Pop-up Blockers there are many
available some Freeware, and some Shareware. Click this link to find some free ones. Popup Blockers

Gladiator AntiVirus GAV is a professional virus and trojan scanner. GAV is designed to detect and identify known Viruses, BAT Viruses, HLLx-Viruses, I-Worms, IRC-Worms, mIRC-Worms, IIS-Worms, Trojans, Trojan-Notifier, Trojan-Dropper, Trojan Downloaders, Backdoors, Unix Trojans/Backdoors, VBS Viruses/Backdoors, General Office Macro Viruses, Word Macro Viruses, Excel Macro Viruses within files, boot-sectors, main-boot-records, partition-tables and memory. You can use GAV for scanning all your floppy disks, hard disks, CD-ROMs and network-drives. Gladiator AntiVirus Website
(Freeware) OS: All versions of Windows

Sunday, February 02, 2003

What is Arsware?

Arsware is loosely defined as freeware applications, themes, skins, graphics work, code libraries, or anything else written by members of the Ars OpenForum community that might be interesting for pc enthusiasts everywhere.
Go to: Arsware Website

FreeRip MP3 is a free award winning application that can record digital audio tracks directly from compact discs, without going through your sound card (this process is known as "ripping"). You can save tracks as CD-quality WAV files or encode them to Ogg Vorbis or MP3 compressed format. Visit Website:
OS: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Size: 843k

Spyware & Adware no one wants it. Yet everyone who surfs the net eventually gets some. Thankfully we have some great utilities to help us in our fight to remove it. Such as Ad-Aware and Spybot S & D These excellent utilities will scan your system for known spyware and adware and remove it. Now there is a new spyware fighter called SpywareBlaster! Below is a brief description:

SpywareBlaster doesn't scan and clean for spyware - it prevents it from ever being installed.
How? By setting a "kill bit" for the CLSIDs of spyware ActiveX controls, it prevents the installation of any of them from a webpage. You can run Internet Explorer with Active-X enabled, but you will never even get a "Yes/No" box popped up, asking you to install a spyware Active-X control (Internet Explorer will never download or run it!). All other Active-X controls or plug-ins will work fine. Go to Website: SpywareBlaster