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Best Freeware #2 of 46: Anti-virus Software

Published September 6, 2006 in Tools - 0 Comments

You do have an antivirus program, right?

In this category, there are two that receive equal mention.

First, AVG. Second, Avast!

I have personally used both and have no complaints. If you’re not running antivirus due to the cost of a commercial costs, run, don’t walk and install either one of these programs. And keep the virus definition database updated.

Also, remember to floss, and don’t run with scissors.

Full article:

Best Freeware #1 of 46: Web Browser

Published August 31, 2006 in Tools - 0 Comments

Another really cool freeware site – updated frequently, unlike many other similar sites – is the 46 Best-ever Freeware site.

This is a very useful site, because the author explains his choices in some detail.

Here’s a tip: if you set up a Google personalized page (go to you can choose to have a direct link to the site right on your Google page!

For browsers, the #1 choice listed is Firefox. Other good choices include Opera, Maxthon, Avant, and K-Meleon.

For the full article, see:

Google Apps for Your Domain

Published August 30, 2006 in Productivity , Tools - 0 Comments

There’s a lot of hype and speculation about what this will mean, and I’m talking about the media, not Google.

Of course, it’s hard not to get excited about anything Google does.

Interesting concept. I’ll be watching how their business model develops for this “little” project. One of the coolest freeware sites…..

Published August 29, 2006 in Tools - 0 Comments

I am super-duper impressed with John Haller’s Portable Apps:

The premise of a “portable app” is…I’ll let John tell it:

“A portable app is a computer program that you can carry around with you on a portable device and use on any Windows computer. When your USB flash drive, portable hard drive, iPod or other portable device is plugged in, you have access to your software and personal data just as you would on your own PC. And when you unplug, none of your personal data is left behind

What John has done is take open-source freeware Windows programs and made them “portable”. Included on the site are:


  • NVU Portable – The easy-to-use NVU web editor
  • XAMPP – Apache, mySQL, PHP, phpMyAdmin and more in an integrated package


Graphics & Pictures


Music & Video


Operating Systems


Well worth a look; I’ve downloaded OpenOffice and Sunbird; I use them almost every day.

Three Print Utilities I Use Everyday

Published August 28, 2006 in Tools - 0 Comments

Here are three printing utilities that have made my life easier, and they will do the same for you.

I use them almost every day.

1. Fineprint (

I use the free version, which suits me just fine. Fineprint allows you to print two, four, or eight pages on one sheet of paper. It will also support manual duplexing. You *will* use less paper once you start using this program. What is really cool is you can view the print job before sending it to your printer, and easily delete pages that you don’t need.

2. PDF reDirect (

Again, they have a paid version but the free version does everything I need. For years I used pdf995 but PDF reDirect has more features. Here’s a useful tip: when you buy something online, instead of printing out the sales confirmation page, just create a PDF, which you can later print out if you need to. In most cases, you won’t need to. What I do is then email the file to my web-based email system, giving me access to it wherever I have internet capability.

There are tons of other uses for PDF documents, but this will get you started.

3. Purrint (

Super easy to use screen printing utility.

Here’s one I stumbled across but haven’t checked out yet:

OK Printer Viewer (

According to the maker, this software keeps track of print jobs and allows you to see everything that’s been printed from your computer.