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Check out these Resources and Essentials.
We use them and can highly recommend them.
Caution! Some of these programs are fairly large and may take some time to download!
Online Converter :Convert files to different formats, for example PDF to DOC, different music formats, image formats, etc. Free.
Music / Video Converter Video conversions made easy.
A free Video Converter supporting all popular online videos. The VideoDownloadConverter™ toolbar is easy to use, simple & fast. Within a few seconds you can retrieve the converted audio or video file. Supported formats: MP3, MP4, M4A, M4V, FLV.
Clickbook installs like a printer driver, and lets you print eBooks in pocket or purse size booklet format, all pages front and back lined up and collated perfectly. Just fold the stack and run staples through the fold.
Getting 4 pages per sheet not only saves a lot of money, but makes reading in a car, bus, train or plane a lot easier, than using a stack of full size sheets. I have used ClickBook for about a dozen years, and I find it indispensible.
Get rid of the Shortcut Arrow on icons:
Windows 95 - XP: TweakUI
Windows Vista, Windows 7 and 8: Overlay Remover 32 bit and Overlay Remover 64 bit
Audacity Sound Recorder, Editor, format converter
Domain CrawlerCheck out who owns a certain domain? Where is it hosted, etc.?
Crap Cleaner Safely get rid of tons of useless crap left over from old, obsolete updates, temp files, lost file fragments, etc. Free
SmartFix The ONLY registry fixer, that I recommend! Recommended by Dear Webby
NO-SPAM To deal with spam, I recommend MailWasher
Great tool for getting rid of spy-ware and mal-ware. Still FREE
Mozy Remote back-up. 2 GB free, Unlimited space for $4.95 If your data is worth saving, save it far away from your computer with Mozy.
FileZilla Full featured, rock solid, easy to use and free.Windows, Linux, and Mac.
Forget the dozen other FTP programs, that I used to list here. Filezilla made them obsolete.
Instant Eyedropper to pick up color numbers from any pixel on the screen
NIRcmd Utility to make W7 do XP tricks
Desktop Restore by Midi-Ox. Excellent program to save and restore your desktop layout. Free
Clean out the McAfee Quarantine and reclaim a lot of disk space. Don't worry if the download finishes instantly. It is a very compact
MyMemorizer Free calendar program that sends you reminder emails for your appointments, birthdays, etc.
Adobe Flash Player newest version
For PDF readers scroll down a mile.
OPEN Office Complete Office suite, similar to MS Office 2009. but ISO-standard Open Document Format (ODF), not limited to Microsoft's proprietary format. However, you CAN open and save documents, spreadsheets and presentations in Microsoft format. Totally free and quickly becoming the standard office suite in industry, commerce, military and governments.
Roboform, still the best password manager.
GIMP Free graphics editing program. Installer for Windows : 17.4 MB
IRFANVIEW Graphics viewer and basic editor
Strip >>> Strip the "AOL flag" from forwarded mail
Clear Type Font tuner for XP (2.6 MB) Free.
PhishPhinder Patch to make Outlook show underlying URLs, just like professional grade email programs do.
Caution: A bug in McAfee marks this program as a phishing program, probably because of it's name or because it is better than McAfee in showing phishing programs.
Partition Manager by Easus, free at this link, $60 elsewhere
PC Formula clean up and tune-up e-book. Highly reommended!
Screencast-O-Matic to record the action on your screen. No program download necessary, it's all done on the web. You just save what you produce, or send it to uTube.
CanStockPhoto.com more than 1 million images available for a variety of graphics uses and more than 16,000 clip art images . License: $1 per image and up.
ISO burner: Iso Recorder burn ISO disk images to CD and DVD (DVD with Vista only) Simple and free program.
Save My Desktop! Saves your icon arrangement so that you can restore them to the way you had them before experimenting with monitor resolutions, or before accidentally deleting some.
Launchy Launch programs with a few keystrokes.
Really handy if you have too many icons or usually have them covered up with open programs.
TweakUI Power-Toys for XP Tune and tweak the User Interface
Command prompt Here Get an old fashioned command prompt option in the file Explorer.
StartUp Cop Utility from PC magazine to weed out and reorganize your startup list
PUTTY Secure Shell Telnet. Free SSH program, much better than Telnet and perfectly safe.
Remove NORTON This program allows you to completely and cleanly un-install Norton and make your computer work properly again.
Guard against and block IE7 Protects your computer against automatic IE7 installation
Guard against and block IE8 :
It seems that Microsoft has been yelled at about that often enough,
that they created an IE8 blocker. It is at IE8 Blocker
When it asks you where to expand it to, choose C:\WINDOWS
Then click on Start, RUN
and type cmd and hit Enter
In the scary black screen that you get, type
hit Enter, then type:
That should do the trick.
After it finishes, you can type EXIT
hit Enter to close the scary black screen.
Guard against and block SP3 Protects your computer against automatic SP3 installations.
Uninstall SP3 and remove it. Restores your computer to the way it was before SP3
Belarc Advisor This program does a fast but thorough inventory of your computer and shows all installed hardware components like make and model of each drive, and of all software installed, and it's location in your computer. Not just essential for troubleshooting or for a pre-repair inventory, but also handy to file with your insurance.
PDF readers for reading e-books, manuals, forms
Foxit PDF reader RECOMMENDED! Fastand only 2.5 MB
ADOBE Acrobat PDF Reader 35 MB, and the boot time pre-loader slows down the computer.
PowerPoint: PowerPoint reader
A Avast Free Virus cleaner
Icon Hider from JC Matt. This program puts an icon into your task bar. One click of it hides the icons on your desktop. Next time you click that taskbar icon, all your desktop icons return in their old places.
Anfy Java Applets Anfy Java applets and applet manager for easy configuration and customization of the applets. Also Flash applets.
NOTEmaid Handy clean editor for anything from CGI to quick notes to HTML pages. Works in clean ASCII.
Fonts FontPage lets you examine and compare all of the fonts on your system and beyond. You can view any typeface in bold, italic, underline and 3-D. You can also print out a specimen page for any font, or print a list of them.
Webedit 3.11 Excellent HTML editor for advanced webmasters. Not free!
EUDORA Excellent and easy, full featured e-mail program. When reliability and getting work done is a priority, Eudora is still the top choice.
Pegasus Excellent, full featured, advanced e-mail program. Only 2MB !
Or try the Newest version of Pegasus
DreamWeaver Site-List and settings back-up DreamWeaver is a great program, but periodically it trashes your site list. This program lets you back up your site list and configurations, and restore whenever needed.
Magnifier A handy magnifier to use on pages with small print or small graphics.
Qlock Set up tiny clocks for different towns and time zones.
Real Time Automatically checks accurate real time sources and sets your computer clock.
RainLendar: Small floating calendar
Winzip with info All instructions included.
Software Post-it-Notes Programmable pot-it-notes for the computer. You can set alarms for them to pop up before somebody's birthday or appointment. The PRO version works across a LAN. Stick a Post-it-note on somebody elses screen. Life saver for sending messages across the LAN when the Internet is down.
Accu Radio countless channels customizable Internet radio
Colour This is the good old credit card sized color calc that lets you select a colour and paste the Hex number into an HTML file. Indispensable.
PaintShopPro I have used this one for everything from web graphics to circuit diagrams. And still do. Good enough that I cheerfully sent in the voluntary registration money.
(That's when it was still voluntary, for version 2. I have since then bought seven upgrades) Highly recommended!
Fast Stone ResizerFree, fast, and versatile resizer. Ideal for making thumbnails. Yes, you CAN resize large JPG images to small GIF thumbnails, a folder at a time. Highly recommended by Dear Webby!
Picture Resizer PIXresizer is a tool for quickly generating screen-friendly versions of your images with dramatically reduced file sizes. It is a photo resizing program that enables you to quickly resize one file or a selection of image files for use on the web and in e-mail. A great companion for webmasters and digital photographers.
Animated Gif construction Set
Resolve DNS of visitors, ideal for spot-checking or doing a whole week at a time. Runs on Win95. Just download your access log and run RESDNS32 on it.
HTTP-ANALYZE for Windows Lets you run your stats yourself at whatever intervals you want.
Key Codes and cheat sheets:
Common extended characters like ©
(The same as the picture on the left,
but easier to save or print)
Complete extended character sheet
All Lower ASCII Key Codes
All High (Extended) ASCII Key Codes
My Keyboard Shortcuts