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Post by quosego » Mon May 13, 2002 11:54 pm

Well ilNebbioso , i took the challenge. Here is a short description of some programs i use frequently. As you can see most of them are freeware.
In real life i never met anyone who uses them , so i am curious if there are any people in this community wo do.
Or maybe some of you have even better alternatives for the same purpose. I that case i would like to know also.


Modem Light /Fun - Connection monitor - Shareware (free with some limitations)
Used for automatic start and shutdown of poptray, in this manner PT is only running when i am connected to the internet.

Phonedeck - Address book - Freeware
Highly configuable adress book with good import/export tool.

Date/time - Shell Enhancement - Freeware
Tool for changing file date and time.

Folder Size - Shell enhancement - Freeware
Tool for treeview of drives/folders, very usefull when you want to clean up your data and want to see where you can *earn* the largest amount of MB's.

EldosKeylord - Password storage - Shareware
(a.k.a. known as EldosKeeper, evolved from freeware to addware to shareware)
Besides storage of password i also use this program to keep record of all places on the internet where i leave more or less personal information.
At the moment i am working on a dutch translation for Keylord, the author sent me a nice program which manages several language files. Maybe this could be useful for Poptray as well.

Euromat - Eurocalculator - Freeware
Highly configurable calculator, which i have downsized to something as the windows calculator (or even simpler) but with two displays. One in Guilders, the other in euros.
This one has gotten a place in my quicklaunch :)

Cupertino FTP - FTP program - Freeware (not supported any longer)
The easiest FTP program i have ever encountered on the net.
A couple of years ago when i was a net-virgin and had never even heard of FTP it took me less than 10 minutes after downloading this to make use of FTP.
So this program has a special place in my hart :)
Unfortunately the author has disappeared (?) and the program is not supported anymore

Eraser - Deletes data for good - Freeware
I always use this for deleting files in a thorough way.

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Post by KY Dave » Tue May 14, 2002 3:32 am

Here are three of the ones I use the most. :o

1. The password program that I use is Password Prompter. It is free from PC Magazine. It generates and saves passwords, urls, usernames, hints, and has room for comments. I haven't reached the limit of how many it will save (over 30). Also it will fit on a floppy. :lol: I can't give a direct link, but start here http://www.pcmag.com/ and then choose "DOWNLOAD", "Utilities From A-Z","NEXT>>",then D/L or read about Password Prompter.

2. FTP is just a part of Windows Commander, it will rename, delete, move, copy files on your hard drive or FTP on the net. Too many functions to name. Best I've used. :P http://www.ghisler.com/

3. About Time is highly configurable and works well to sync the clock with atomic clocks on the net. 8) http://www.arachnoid.com/abouttime/index.html

They are all free on the net :!:

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Post by nicolas » Tue May 14, 2002 4:54 am

I am using Eldos Keeper too but this is a very old version of the software...

Here are the freewares I use most of the time:

PopTray, POP3 mail notifier! :D
Atomic Clock, to keep my computer up-to-date with the exact current time.
Quick Menu, program manager/launcher running in the system tray.
Sip Notes, just to save notes, messages and interesting things I find on any web site.

Also, I am using 2 sharewares frequently:
IrfanView, a simple and useful image viewer.
PenguiNET, that enables me to connect with telnet, SSH, etc... Very well to manage any servers from a Windows desktop.
Toute utopie n'est pas impossible à réaliser...

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Post by nicolas » Tue May 14, 2002 4:57 am

Oh, I forgot, I love to use XBConnector, a tunnel software that lets me play online gaming over the internet with my Microsoft Xbox!

Life is short, play more... :D
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Post by ilNebbioso » Tue May 14, 2002 9:08 am

To hit the target for this thread, maybe it could be nice to write the name of the software in bold, writing down the web address (if applies) and if share/freeware.

E.g.
PopTray http://poptray.crause.co.za (Freeware): the most useful, nicest, easier, fantastic mail notifier by POP3 protocol.

:D

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ps I'll write you down my (long) list as soon as possible! (During these days I have to work hard!) :cry:

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Post by Bateman » Tue May 14, 2002 10:59 am

nicolas wrote:Also, I am using 2 sharewares frequently:
IrfanView, a simple and useful image viewer.
Same with me, I really love it. But nicolas, it's a freeware tool if you use it for personal purposes only.

To find at http://www.irfanview.com

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Post by MBaas » Tue May 14, 2002 5:22 pm

OK, I'll add my 0,02 € as well :D

Zoomer from Hydra Software http://www.hydra-soft.com/. Free. Zooms in on portions of the screen and show colours. Small and useful.

CureInfo from http://www.hbg.lth.se/~pv98glu/, free Performance-meter for status-bar! Cool tool, but currently not available, as he is developing Samurize which seems to be even better :-)

PowerArchiver from http://www.powerarchiver.com was free till v6, but is shareware now. imho it beats winzip and has unzipped some unix-files for me which other zippers did wrong without even indicating they had problems...

1st Page 2000 from http://www.evrsoft.com - free html-editor, cool and powerful.

I think these are the most important ones and definitely all I could remember for now....

Curious surfers should have a look at my link-list at http://www.mbaas.de/Links/?cat=software for more free- and shareware-links, although the pages are in german only, but translation will be added sooner or later :D

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Post by Curtz » Wed May 15, 2002 2:30 pm

Eh, remember that shareware is not freeware! :o

If you like freeware utils then you HAVE to receive the weekly newsletter from lockergnome.com!

Every week there is at least one freeware util mentioned that you just gotta have a look at! And 99% of everything mentioned in the newsletter is FREEWARE! :P

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Post by ilNebbioso » Wed May 15, 2002 2:40 pm

Curtz wrote:If you like freeware utils then you HAVE to receive the weekly newsletter from lockergnome.com!

Every week there is at least one freeware util mentioned that you just gotta have a look at! And 99% of everything mentioned in the newsletter is FREEWARE! :P
A newsletter regarding freewares? Nice thing! How can I subscribe?

There are some website (specific about freeware) that I love to visit; directly from my Favorites:
Completely FREE Software - Windows & DOS Freeware
Free Software Downloads - The Freeware Network
Freeware Files.com - Your Free Software Resource

In addition you can use download.com (who bought and closed the best: winfiles.com) filtering for Freewares.

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Post by Guest » Wed May 15, 2002 2:44 pm

ilNebbioso wrote: A newsletter regarding freewares? Nice thing! How can I subscribe?
Just visit the website http://www.lockergnome.com and look around :D
I'm also subscribe and can recommend it as well.

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Post by Renier » Wed May 15, 2002 2:52 pm

PopTray was once mentioned on LockerGnome and it sure boosted downloads that week.

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Post by ilNebbioso » Wed May 15, 2002 3:07 pm

Anonymous wrote:Just visit the website http://www.lockergnome.com and look around :D
I'm also subscribe and can recommend it as well.
Oops!! :oops:
It was so easy... :roll:
I subscribed too. Thank you!
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Post by Curtz » Wed May 15, 2002 7:11 pm

:!: I forgot to mention the most important freeware util out there :!:

Ad-Aware! It removes spyware, software that is installed on your computer without you knowledge. If use use Audiogalaxy or any other shareware util for tht matter, give Ad-Aware a try and it will find several of these devils. In fact, you really should run Ad-Aware right after installing any kind of shareware or freeware program...

Read more about spyware on the site or search for info via Google, it is an important issue!!! :|

Ad-Aware: http://www.lavasoft.nu

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Post by Bateman » Wed May 15, 2002 10:17 pm

An excellent tool!! But the problem is that it identifies some registry keys that are necessary for the spy-software to run in general and after deleting them to prog is ruined. Happened to me with the KaZaA Media Desktop.

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Post by Curtz » Wed May 15, 2002 10:40 pm

Don't scare the crowds away, Bateman! :)

It is true that the removal of spyware can affect the program that installed it, but I have removed tons of spyware and only Kazaa complained... and since Kazaa wouldn't work without a hidden program on MY machine, a program that reports back my surf habbits, I simply removed Kazaa too.

(Also beware that some programs that you have paid for still installs spyware, and other programs don't even uninstall the spyware when you remove the program that installed it.)

Damn this world, I have to scan my machine with a virus scanner and Ad-Aware all the time :evil:

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Post by Bateman » Wed May 15, 2002 10:54 pm

Hey, I didn't mean to... :)

I love Ad-Aware and works perfectly. But what I found out (on my machine) is that KaZaA just needs some registry entries and not some other crap progs installed with it. At least it only complained when I cleaned the Reg and not when I deleted the other programs.

Anyway, it's excellent nevertheless (I mean Ad-Aware) and definitely worth the recommendation!

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Post by Curtz » Mon May 20, 2002 1:36 pm

Here is the interesting part of the latest newsnetter from LockerGnome.com:

<>------<> G N O M E D O W N L O A D S <>--------------------<>

<> NameMage v1.00 [381k] W9x/2k/XP FREE

http://www.mapmage.com/downloads/SetupNM.exe
http://www.mapmage.com/namemage.htm

{Get a game name} Sure, I've played Dungeons and Dragons. Come on,
just look at me for crying out loud. As important as it is to have
a character with great attributes, that character also must have a
suitable name. Nobody's going to cower in fear when "Daryl the
Wizard" makes his appearance. That's why Daryl should change his
name to something like "Thayer the Enchanter." You can generate
all kinds of names using this program. Choose from Greek,
Babylonian, or Tolkien names (just to name a few). "NameMage will
instantly generate hundreds or thousands of themed names just
right to fit your campaign." I wouldn't suggest using this to name
your son or daughter, though. That might cause some problems on
the playground. Especially if they go to school with Daryl. He's
one rotten kid - with a lot of hit points.


<> Quick Speller v3.0 [1.0M] W9x/2k FREE

http://www.pseudoware.com/speller/qsspell3.zip
http://www.pseudoware.com/products/quickspeller/

{Check your spelling} Microsoft Word comes with a spell check
function, and that's pretty handy when you're typing a document in
Word. Outlook and Outlook Express hook into that same database (as
do a few other programs). What about every other program on the
planet? Use Quick Speller. It doesn't integrate with anything - it
works all by itself. So, if you're typing a letter to your
grandmother in Notepad and you can't figure out how to spell
"nonagenarian," this will help. "As a bonus, QS 3.0 has right-
click search features for Google.com, Dictionary.com, and
Thesaurus.com." The search feature is customizable, so if you
aren't finding what you're needing, you can snap something new
into place. It's from the fine folks at Pseudoware - which is
kinda here and kinda there, but not really.


<> Movie Watchlist v1.01 [350k] W9x/2k/XP FREE

http://www.sardinesoftware.com/downloads/MWLSetup.exe
http://www.sardinesoftware.com/moviewatchlist.php

{Don't miss that flick} Let's see, when does "Attack of the
Clones" hit theaters? If you've ever wanted to see a film on
opening night, this program will help you remember. Enter the
movie, date of its release, and the theater where it'll be
opening. You can also use this same program to list when certain
movies will be made available on video or DVD (or both, for that
matter). "Movie Watchlist keeps a list of all the movies that you
want to see as well as the movies you want to buy. Change the
icons used in each of the movie lists - make your own or download
[one] from the Web." You're probably thinking: "How practical is
this?" When was the last time your you were arguing with your
significant other in the middle of the video rental store because
you couldn't agree on what to rent? Exactly.


<> SnIco Edit v1.2 [849k] W9x/2k/XP FREE

http://home.kabelfoon.nl/~meijer/software/icoeditws.zip
http://home.kabelfoon.nl/~meijer/

{Change your icons} You have a lot of icons on your computer.
Yeah, so? Well, I'm just saying you have a lot of icons, and those
icons can get pretty boring if you have to look at them day in and
day out. That's not really a BIG deal, but you can always change
'em with this simple editor. Tweak the color or shape of an icon
until it's something that shines like new. "Support for Windows
icons AND cursors; 16x16, 32x32, 48x48, and custom sizes supported
in 2, 16, 256, true color, and the new XP 32-bit with alpha
transparency; import / export icons from / to GIF, BMP, DLL, or
EXE files; drawing tools include a text tool and shape tool; flip,
mirror, or rotate images." I remember when 16 colors was all we
had to work with. Man, those icons were ugly. Sadly, I still find
them here and there on my system.


<> StockTicker v1.20 [75k] W9x/2k/XP FREE

http://fileutil.tripod.com/zipfiles/stockticker.zip
http://fileutil.tripod.com/StockTicker.htm

{See stocks run} Do you dabble in the stock market? If you do,
this program will help you keep track of your stocks (through your
Internet connection). I don't buy and sell very often (or at all),
but I can tell you that the interface for this program is beyond
simple. Ya know the Windows Explorer? Then you shouldn't have a
problem with StockTicker. Note that this ticker only works for
exchanges in the United States. "Just add symbols to the list and
click a button to retrieve stocks and mutual fund quotes." One of
these days, I'm going to invest in a startup. I'll buy low and
sell high, since that's about the only thing I remember from high
school Economics class. I also seem to recall something about
"laissez faire." And don't let me stop you from looking up what
that means. It's French!


<> Strat Wars Screen Saver v0.5.4 [112k] W9x/2k/XP FREE

http://members.rogers.com/szerbinis/StratsWares/

{Spaceships and stuff} Your screen needs saving. Okay, so I don't
review many screen savers, but this one was too cool NOT to
mention. It bears a striking resemblance to a series of movies
this guy named George made a few years ago (I think he might be
making more, actually). You'll see stars, planets, spaceships, and
awesome laser fights. What are they trying to save? Why, they're
saving your screen, young Jedi. Just remember, it's "Strat Wars,"
not "Star Wars." Also, remember it's a lot of fun to look at. Tie
Fighters and X-Wings galore! "The mood of a ship is determined by
a number of factors, including the number of friendly ships that
it has seen destroyed, the number of enemy ships it has seen
destroyed, and if the ship's current target was destroyed. The AI
will also try to avoid collisions, but it's not great at this
task."


<> WebCam2000 v1.62 [393k] W9x/2k/XP FREE

http://www.stratoware.com/webcam2000/wc2k1_62.zip
http://www.stratoware.com/webcam2000/

{Capture pictures} Before I tell you about this program, I must
note that this is only for people who have a constant connection
to the Internet (no dial-upers). Okay then, what exactly is it? A
utility that serves images from your Webcam. I guess this review
is only for those with Webcams, too. Darn those special interest
groups. "WebCam2000 can serve pictures as either JPEG or bitmap
and can include complete HTTP headers or serve the image raw. The
second case is particularly useful when you want to perform
further processing on the image; for example, by using WebCam2000
as a back-end to a CGI script." C'mon. We use our Webcams every
single day. Well, at least I know I do. I'm not sure what happened
to Jake. He seems to have fallen into a deep void since he
purchased his cute little iBook.


<> Travelaxe v1.62 [2.6M] W9x/2k/XP FREE

http://www.travelaxe.com/download/travelaxesetup.exe
http://www.travelaxe.com/Home.html

{Travel cheap} The Web, while littered with lots of useless junk,
still has much to offer. For example, it's much easier to get
cheap hotel rates, thanks to all those travel Web sites. This is
true, but searching through all of those resources is a bit
daunting. That's why I suggest taking a whack with the Travelaxe.
It can search through sixteen travel sites simultaneously, so you
can find the rate that's best for you. "Travelaxe is not a travel
agency. We do not book rooms or make reservations of any kind.
Once users find the hotel rooms they're interested in, it sends
them directly to the booking page of the selected travel website
or hotel to actually make the reservation." Are you planning on
traveling at any point in the near future? Say, Des Moines towards
the end of August (2002)? Not that I'm asking for a reason or
anything...


<> Zigzag Cleaner v0.90 [143k] W9x/2k/XP FREE

http://www.uniphiz.com/zcleaner/zclean.exe
http://www.uniphiz.com/zcleaner.htm

{Zigzag shut} When you were a kid (and I was, at a very young
age), you could erase drawings from a blackboard with a few swipes
of the eraser. Wouldn't it be cool if you could close open windows
on your computer in the same fashion? Well, you can. Just start in
the upper left corner and make a quick "Z" with your mouse. Voila,
the window is gone. Of course, this won't work unless you download
this program first. Without it, you can make Zs until the cows
come home and nothing will happen. "Additionally, the program
collects mouse usage statistics. Only for the curious." Also
available: AMarker - provides you alternative methods to launch
applications or to forbid a mouse click over protected areas. With
it, you can easy draw colored regions on the screen, protect them,
or assign an action 'on mouse click.'


<> Vital Desktop v1.3.8 [108k] W9x/2k/XP FREE

http://www.vital-desktop.com/vd.zip
http://www.vital-desktop.com/

{Fancy desktop} Look at that desktop. I mean, just look at it, for
crying out loud. You need to kick your PC in the pants and liven
it up. Using this utility, you can actually have your favorite
screen saver running in the background. Literally - as the
background. It's an awesome way to make your Frampton come alive.
The Vital Desktop tab is added to your Display Properties, so it's
easy to access. "It began as a weird idea. After seeing The
Matrix, I found out that the static 'matrix' effect wasn't a
matrix effect. Since I'm kinda workin on the computer, I don't
have time to wait for the screen saver to start. I decided to make
it run instead of the stationary desktop wallpaper." This should
work with any screen saver on your system. And, if you don't like
it, you could always go back to a more... inactive... lifestyle.

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Post by Bateman » Mon May 20, 2002 2:18 pm

Hey Curtz, you had some time to waste, didn't you?! :D

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Post by ilNebbioso » Mon May 20, 2002 2:22 pm

No, Bateman, he just copied and pasted the newsletter... :D

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Post by Curtz » Mon May 20, 2002 4:32 pm

:wink:

I have no time to waste... spring sucks! :evil: :cry: :? :|

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