Useful Websites and Products
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Combining Sites for Handy Reference
by Bill Aulepp
Member - Phoenix PC Users Group
SiteAdvisor from McAfee.
For IE and Firefox.
Warns users of bad, fair, or good websites.
Absolutely a must for every user.
Belarc does an "audit"
of your PC's hardware, software,
installation key codes
(for example MS Office
and Windows XP and Vista).
Save and print these out
as you add and remove
programs, devices, etc.
Even finds your motherboard's manufacturer and serial number.
Very helpful when you call tech support.
does auto backup,
synchronizing one directory to another,
(be careful in how you choose overwrite options).
Configs can back up by date and time, even several per day, week,
Not a mirror full-drive backup -
Records video, screen shots, audio.
If you have trouble or want to document
what happens on your PC, this is excellent.
The AVI files can be sent to tech support
to show what happened,
or used for training purposes.
Atomic Clock - Time Sync
Helpful if your PC time is drifting,
before you replace your clock battery
Powerful audio recorder,
editor, amplifier, noise reduction.
Great for recording support calls, doing audio note taking,
music editing, etc.
One deal of the day. Some excellent; some goofy.
Hard drives, PC's, audio, camcorders, ...
Giveaway of the Day
Free daily programs,
not restricted for personal use,
but no support.
Utilities, small programs,
often useful, etc.
Computer Internet Connections
Access and back up
your home or work computer
with an Internet connection.
Browsers and Email Clients
Get the latest security and stability release
Includes intelligent spam filters, powerful search, and
This complete all-in-one office suite
contains all that is needed
for a productive day at the office,
featuring word processing,
graphics, databases, and more
VLC Media Player
This is a highly portable multimedia player
for various audio and video formats
(MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, ...)
as well as DVDs, VCDs,
and various streaming protocols
CD/DVD Burning Software
Infrarecorder is a burning
solution for Microsoft Windows,
offering a wide range
of powerful features,
all through an easy-to-use
application interface with
Windows Explorer integration
Photo Image Shop
An image manipulation program
with a new GUI (graphical user
interface) that makes it easier to use
Complete personal and small-business financial
PC Registry and File Cleaners
Advanced SystemCare Free
Registry and File Cleaner
Help protect, repair, clean, and optimize your PC
7-Zip is fast, efficient, and free
An older site that just keeps going and going
Less than a year old,
it features long entries
with thumbnail pictures -
not your usual type of search site -
worth looking into
Another old standby
A search engine that uses
the other search engines
for a combined search
For a price, gives more
than you probably want to
know about a person -
basic lookup is free
Electronic Manuals - Street Prices
If you have ever lost the manual
that came with one of your consumer electronic items,
this is the place to find it.
Try it out now!
This site also gives
street prices for the manual's item.
Drivemax is a new tool
that allows you to download
the latest driver updates
for your computer
From this site
you can find many, many
free download applications.
The Web Site describes
itself as follows:
FreewareUpdater is a small, yet powerful,
software management tool to help you keep track
of the most popular
Freeware and Open Source applications.
It is provided to you absolutely free.
It provides you an interactive list of applications,
which you can install just with a click.
contains about $g 200+$n
Freeware and Open Source
applications that are presented
in a user-friendly interface to ease your search
and installation of free software.
is a segment of the
OpenOffice.org software package.
It is similar to Microsoft Excel,
with many similar features.
Calc is capable of
opening and saving spreadsheets
in Microsoft Excel file format.
It provides a number of features
Excel does not include
in the graphical area.
Calc can convert spreadsheets
to PDF files.
Gnumeric has Windows
It is intended to be a free
replacement for proprietary
Gnumeric's accuracy has
helped establish itself
for statistical analysis
and other scientific tasks
Simple Spreadsheet is a web-based
It is released under the GNU General Public License,
and is thus free software.
It includes formulas, charts,
formats, cell/row merging, cell locking,
keyboard navigation, etc.
WikiCalk is a web application created by Dan Bricklin
who, 27 years earlier, created VisiCalc,
the first spreadsheet.
It is currently, as Version 1.0,
available for Windows, Mac, and Llnux/Unix.
Comodo Free Products
An assortment of free products
featured in the August 2009 Web Tour
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