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Useful Websites and Products
September 2009

Web Tour is a monthly feature where we travel the internet to find interesting sites and programs. Web Tour appears in the group's newsletter as well as here on our website. Just click the links below to visit the sites.

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Hind Sites

Web Tour did not appear in the newsletter this month. We always talk about interesting sites and products at our meetings. Here are some notes from the Westside Meeting in September.

Crucial System Scanner

How to tell what kind of memory to buy

The Crucial System Scanner automatically analyzes your computer memory information and suggests an upgrade that's guaranteed compatible

Technology Partners

If you have a problem with your computer, or you would like a custom system, Technology Partners is a good place to visit.

5800 N 19th Ave

South of Bethany Home Rd
West of Christown Spectrum Mall


How Google Docs Works

This article by How Stuff Works tells how you can use Google Docs to create word processing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, and work (collaborate) with other people online


The Belarc Advisor builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, missing Microsoft hotfixes, anti-virus status, CIS (Center for Internet Security) benchmarks, and displays the results in your Web browser. All of your PC profile information is kept private on your PC and is not sent to any web server.


The AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition does not offer Advanced Anti-Rootkit protection


SiteAdvisor adds small site rating icons to your search results, to alert you to potentially risky sites and help you find safer alternatives


Stickies is a computerised version of yellow stick notes. The program is small and simple. It does not change system files or write to the registry. Stickies stores information in a single text-based ini file.


AutoHotKey is a free program that can - expand abbreviations as you type them - automate almost anything - make hotkeys for keys, joystick, and mouse - create custom forms and interfaces - remap keys and buttons


Fences is a one-of-a-kind program, allowing you to draw labeled shaded areas on your desktop, which become movable and resizable containers for your desktop icons

Windows 7 Launch Party

Part of the Windows 7 Launch Party Event Thursday, October 22 - Thursday, October 29, 2009

Eudora Qualcom

Qualcomm and other contributors are developing a new, open source version of Eudora which is currently in early beta test, and can be downloaded now. Older versions are still available without technical support.


With the many new features of Thunderbird 2, it's easier to find your important email with tags, and find content within your email faster.

Google Mail

Consider using gmail as an email backup

Windows Command Line Reference

Windows command line commands are very useful and powerful troubleshooting tools. To get a "DOS prompt", press Win+R (while holding the Windows key, press R for run) and enter cmd.

Some handy commands:
ping /?


"Microsoft Windows PowerShell command line shell and scripting language helps IT professionals achieve greater control and productivity." For Windows 7, Vista, XP, and 2003 Server.

Free Online Malware Scanning

The major antivirus manufacturers offer free scanning online

Tornado USB Transfer Device

"Once connected to each PC, The Tornado automatically displays the entire contents of each PC enabling the user to quickly drag-n-drop their files and file folders from one machine to the other."


All of the Web Tour sites in the newsletter are archived and instantly available right here on our website. Don't waste time-consuming typing of the site addresses. Just click, and you are there.

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