I'm a software pack rat. Always checking out demos, shareware and freeware. Here are my favorites. I'll be adding to this page as I discover more freeware I can't function without. Win9x, ME & XP only - Check out my criteria at the bottom of this page. Read my descriptions then click a shortcut to go to the Author's webpage.
Some of this information is repeated on my
Files Page where I have put together two
downloadable collections of software that contain some of the programs on
this page along with additional freeware.
It still has some faults it doesn't sort by date, in case I can't remember
what I called that note I wrote 2 days ago). and its not suitable for
research notes if you plan to organize them into an article or book (but you
can copy them into an outline program if you want to do that). Does anyone
know of a good Windows outline program? I had a good one where I used to
work, but it was DOS (Symantec I think). I couldn't imagine getting along
without it at the time.
One confusing thing about TreePad at first following database
terminology, TreePad calls what looks like a directory and subdirectory, a
node and the actual note, an article. Once you get by that it's easy to use.
I think it's more Useful to use one big file I call notes, but you can create
several files if you want. I made these notes when I discovered and used the
freeware I'm telling you about: I just copied and pasted it into this page!
Also I have a node called downloads where I paste info from web sites where
I download software. A program I would choose to be stranded on a desert
The information below is taken from the freeware site
(they seldom steer me wrong on software). In fact they evaluate some of the
best software. Some of which isn't even mentioned in other sites: I suspect
some shareware sites think they have an obligation to shareware authors to
ignore freeware even when the freeware is better than all of the shareware
apps that do the same task. Although a lot of shareware sites DO have some
of the more terrible freeware.
NotesPad 8.0 7/22/97
Dimension 4 time synchronization for Windows 95 NT 4.0 --
D4TIME41.ZIP 155 KB.
Automatically sets PC's time clock to within 50ms of actual time using
Internet SNTP or Time protocol. Once installed, Dimension 4 is hands
free. PC's time will be updated at user specified intervals without user
Net Meter http://mofetsrv.mofet.macam98.ac.il/~fainaf//netmeter.htm
*** NOTE *** : Net Meter is now shareware ($15).
I size the window tall (screen height) and very narrow so that the graph
is scaled enough to give me a good view and I park the narrow window on
the upper right hand side of my screen where it's out of the way. I then
resize my browser window so that it takes up the rest of the screen.
Net Meter is useful to find out if the next item works.
MTU Speed http://www.mjs.u-net.com/
MTU Speed can actually **DOUBLE** your download speed (sometimes).
Windows default setup for MaxTransmissonUnits and other communication
settings are chosen to maximize speed on a network this results in
poor dial-up internet modem speed. Note these settings are independent of
internet software. I don't expect MicroSoft to change their default
settings anytime soon since they make a lot of money from businesses
that run LAN's. And the internet techies picked a MTU of 576 because it
was an effective speed for the internet. Read all about it at the
website (highly recommended before you use the program!). All of the
following jargon is explained there.
Here are the settings I used:
Before I changed the settings I got Peak download speeds of about 3.2K Bytes/sec (28,800 bits/sec) which equals the speed of my modem. 8 bits per byte + 1 inter-byte guard (stop) bit. After changing the settings I now get 3.9K frequently and sometimes get 6.5K peak!! This is equivalent to a 58,500 bits/sec modem! This only happens when accessing a high bandwidth server and/or few people accessing it. Try CNet or CNN for a heavy duty server.
(Excuse my editorializing. Back to the subject.)
The Thinking Man's Thesaurus
Word Web Thesaurus/Dictionary
You can filter the synonyms by sense and by part of speech. WordWeb matches case of synonyms, e.g. search for pulpits and WordWeb finds podia, rostra, ambos, etc, search for pulpit and you will get the singular synonyms. WordWeb comes with a template file so you can use it directly from MS Word and macros for use with AmiPro, Word Pro 96 and Word 2. WordWeb requires a 386+PC with 4MB+ RAM and 8MB free disk space running Windows 3.1x, 9x, ME, 2000,or XP.
The WordWeb website
( http://wordweb.info/free/ )
no longer offers the 16 bit version. They still offer a
free version and WordWeb Pro ($20 shareware). The newest free version is still
good, but definitely not as good as the old 16 bit version. The synonyms are sparce
and if you misspell the word, good luck finding the right spelling. Do yourself a
favor and download the old version:
I will include software on this page only if:
After 26 years of programming, I dislike bloatware programmed in Visual Basic,
Visual C+++++++, etc. These memory hogs (oink, oink) take up a lot of disk
space and memory, they are slow, and they scatter DLL's, etc. all over my
hard drive. There is a place for .DLLs but you seldom see them applied in a
suitable way. For example, the visual basic file MSVBVM60.DLL takes over 1
Meg of memory. It needs to be in memory for any visual basic version 6
program to work. This DLL contains hundreds of functions, only a percentage
will be used by a given program so where is the logic behind this? If
MicroSlop (oink, oink) wanted to put out a quality product they could have had
a library of functions that could be linked into a program only if the program
needed them instead of having a separate DLL using wasted memory. Check out
Get a program that lists running processes and find out how much memory is
being used by these ill-conceived methods (sometimes dozens of Megs):
To add insult, these program-on-the-run apps leave parts of itself in memory
after the program closes down (Windows puts its inept hand in this also.) Even
if I don't run out of memory or user resources, these orphan handles, etc.
slow down my computer. (I won't even get into raving about programs that
overuse and misuse the Windows registry.) Commercial software is especially
bad about this: The executives upstairs (who wouldn't know a quality program
in any case) want to get the software out the door before their competition
comes out with a super deluxe version. The programmers and analysts have to
toss together any old thing to please the boss. And as long as the product has
lots of cool features, the boss is pleased. The buyers are pleased with the
features (many of which they will never use), but they sometimes have a
nagging feeling that things are supposed to work better than this.