Archive for July, 2005

Password Agent Lite

Thursday, July 14th, 2005

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Are you suffering from password overload? If you're having trouble keeping track of login information for all the web sites that require passwords, you could benefit from a password management program. Password Agent Lite will remember your passwords for you, using encryption to assure that your passwords are accessible only to you. You can set up the program to run off of a removable disk or USB flash drive for added protection. Password Agent Lite also features a password generator that helps you come up with difficult-to-guess passwords, and automatic login for applications that you use frequently. Throw in an import/export feature, and you have a safe password management program with a lot of power.

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A Smart Office Suite

Wednesday, July 13th, 2005

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If you're frustrated with the high price of Microsoft Office, 602 Pro PC suite offers an alternative. The 602Pro PC Suite features all of the comforts of the Microsoft suite including a word processor, spreadsheet, photo editor, and mail merge capabilities. This program, free for non-commercial use, opens and creates Microsoft file formats including .doc, .rtf, .xls, and .dbs. There's also PDF support and various graphics options. Is hard drive space an issue? 602Pro PC suite takes up 15MB of space compared to the 600-plus MB that Microsoft Office gobbles up.

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Free Telnet/SSH Client

Tuesday, July 12th, 2005

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If you need to connect to a remote server such as a Unix host, you need a telnet (or even better, SSH) client. PuTTY is a free and capable client for telnet and SSH connections. The open-source program supports SSH1 and SSH2 connections, to assure that your passwords and other data are encrypted in transit.

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Free Web Authoring System

Monday, July 11th, 2005

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NVU is a new web authoring tool that’s taking on commercial applications like Dreamweaver and FrontPage. With the WYSIWYG page editor, you can use NVU to create a web site, including pages with tables and forms, without any knowledge of HTML. There's a built-in spelling checker, and an integrated FTP client so you can edit pages directly on the web server. Best of all, NVU is a modern authoring tool that supports XML, CSS, and JavaScript. Its output looks great on Firefox and other up-to-date web browsers.

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Grand Theft Auto 2

Thursday, July 7th, 2005

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First released in 1999, Grand Theft Auto 2 has become a classic, a game that has endured thanks to its unique premise and fun (although not friendly) gameplay. The premise: you're a thug asked to perform various thuggy tasks (little things like car-jackings and so on) to earn cash and reach the next level. Formerly commercial software, the program's publisher has optimized it for play on modern PCs and released it for free. Although it's a few years old, this version offers great graphics and hours of game play. The file is rather large, at 350MB, but is worth the download time. So rev your engines and get ready for some intense game play.

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GAIM: Multi-Platform IM Client

Wednesday, July 6th, 2005

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If you're tired of using several chat programs, consolidate them using Gaim. Gaim is a multi-platform IM client that allows users to chat on multiple services with one easy-to-use communication client. The application supports AIM, ICQ, MSN Messenger, Yahoo, IRC, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu, SILC, GroupWise Messenger, and Zephyr networks. So, you can participate in an AIM conversation and an IRC chat, for example, with just one program. Users can create their own smileys and skins to further customize their chat experience. With an easy to use interface and theme add-ons, the possibilities are endless.

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Free firewall for the masses

Tuesday, July 5th, 2005

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A quality firewall doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg — in fact, this one doesn't cost a single dime. ZoneAlarm is an application that will protect your computer from problems caused by crackers, intrusion scripts, and other baddies. Upon installation, you will begin to see alerts each time your computer tries to access the Internet — you can then approve or deny each instance. You'll quickly know whether spyware or other unwanted software is on your computer, and when other computers on the Internet try to access yours. ZoneAlarm also scans incoming e-mail for possible threats, and quarantines questionable files. ZoneAlarm makes your computer invisible to outside attackers — which is a very good thing.

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In addition, you can get ZoneAlarm with Antivirus, a more feature-filled version of the product, for $24.95, free after rebate.

Turn your PC into a TiVo

Saturday, July 2nd, 2005

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Everyone has heard of Tivo, the gadget that lets you digitally record TV programs, pause and rewind live TV. With all of the features of a Tivo (and then some,) MythTV can turn any suitably equipped PC into a digital video recorder. With two or more TV tuner cards, you can record multiple channels at the same time. You can skip commercials when you watch them, and even watch with picture-in-picture. With an electronic program guide, MythTV is very easy to use, but it's not necessarily so easy to set up. With top-of-the-line compression technology, MythTV is a formable opponent to other DVR products. The program is open source so coders can juice it up even further.

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A Monster of an FTP Client

Friday, July 1st, 2005

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If you're in the market for a great FTP client, look no further than Filezilla. This open source program features firewall, SFTP, SOCKS 4/5, and HTTP1.1 proxy support. Throw in a timeout detection system and the ability to resume downloads if you lose your connection, and you have a program worth its salt. The program is available in a variety of languages including French and German. When it comes to FTP clients, you have several options, but with the free price tag and laundry list of features — you can't go wrong with Filezilla.

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