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Utilities & Programs:
Second Copy - Great utility for automatically synchronizing or copying files and folders from one location to another location on the same drive, or another drive, or anyplace on the network. Can be set to run on a scheduled basis. Excellent for backing up to network-attached storage devices.
Sysinternals.com - Performance & Monitoring Utilities (Free) - These sites provide you with a host of free tools for displaying various performance and activity monitors for your system: A very useful one is BGInfo that displays system info on your desktop. Also, Autologon v1.0 , and Process Explorer (a better version of Microsoft's Task Manager function)
IPCheck Server Monitor - Inexpensive Website Monitoring Program lets you know when your sites are down. (Professional Edition $125 is good for up to 20 websites and HTTP sensor, Enterprise: SMTP, POP3 etc.). Another option: Are You There?
Free PDF Creation tool - CutePDF Printer is a free download that installs as a PDF printer and allows you to output PDFs from any Windows print-capable program. Other online options for free PDF creation over the web are: http://www.neevia.com/express/ (free, limited to 500KB size) ) or http://www.gobcl.com/ (GoBCL is also free but requires a login)
Webserver Stress Tool 6 This program lets you load/stress test your webserver.
IE Booster - Free Web Browser Extensions for IE lets you easily expose forms and form variables, style sheet details used on a page, view partial source code (of highlighted section of a web page).
JPEG Image resizer Free tool which allows you to compress multiple JPG images in one step, good for turning digital camera photos into e-mail-suitable images.
Ben's Test E-mail SMTP script - This .vbs program can be downloaded and saved, and used to test sending e-mail via any specified SMTP server. You can modify the default values by opening in Notepad, or change them on the fly when running it each time.
SpyBot Search and Destroy Free utility detects and removes adware, spyware, keyloggers, trojan horses on your system.
Onlineconversion.com Convert just about anything to anything else, online. Over 5,000 units of measure available.
Pop-Up Killer - Browse the web without being molested by those annoying ads that popup when you visit some web sites.You can also control the number of browser windows you permit to be opened at the same time. Alternate products: Pop-up Stopper or WebWasher** (does a lot more).
Graphic Workshop Pro - Very Good Graphics manipulation and cataloging program - $40
Startup_Cop - Indispensable free download program that lets you see all the programs that load automatically when you start up, and lets you disable or delete any of them.
Set your PC's Clock Automatically - Download the Tardis 2000 program to automatically keep your computer's clock synched with their Internet-based Atomic Clock.
Opalis Robot - A task automation solution which combines scheduling, monitoring and automation.
DiskAction - Freeware Utility that lets you monitor which processes are accessing your hard drive
TypeItIn - Shareware utility lets you create a pop-up list of autofill buttons for completing forms with frequently-typed information
PrintFolder Utility - Print a listing of files and file sizes of any folder, by right-clicking on folder
RoboForm - A free local program that stores your info and fills in Internet forms automiatically (logins, credit cards etc.)
Microsoft TweakUI - A Microsoft Download that lets you adjust your Windows User Interface, including menu speed, window animation, and Microsoft Internet Explorer. Click here for an explanation of options and uses of TweakUI and install instructions, by Forrest Associates.
Camtech2000.com Excellent shareware utilities, including Password Reveal, enable Outlook file attachments, My IPs, Ultimate Startup Manager,
The Best Freeware OnlyTheBestFreeware provides a list of the best free download programs by category. Includes StartupCop, Eprompter, HTML colorpicker (from a screen),SendToFTP, WordWeb, X-Setup, DOS-Here, PowerDesk, Scrollbar Colorizer, IrfanView, etc. Looking for lots more freeware, try Freeware Top 100. Or try this for freeware/shareware: http://www.winsite.com
Copytalk.com This service allows you to call their phone# and dictate, and your dictation is transcribed and e-mailed back to you or to others within a few minutes.
Listings of Home Selling Prices: www.homegain.com, http://dowjones.homepricecheck.com, http://list.realestate.yahoo.com/re/homevalues, www.mynassauproperty.com search for reassessment data
Namestead.com/expired-domains-lists/ - Here you can see a listing of all domain names (URLs) that have expired and are available for registration, for any specific expiration day (i.e. all that expired yesterday)
Testvirus.org This web site allows you to test the effectiveness of your anitvirus software by sending 25 different types of harmless test viruses to any email address. If your mail server or email hosting provider or local client is running anti-virus software, these emails should get blocked, or flagged and quarantined.
Viruseye This link will take you to MessageLab's web view of virus outbreaks worldwide, showing a graph of the top 10 viruses being transmitted worldwide over the past 24 hours.
SamSpade.org Site for retrieving all sorts of information about a given URL
DNSstuff.com Various online tools, IP lookup, DNS/MX lookup, Spam database lookup
DNSreport.com Tests all records of your DNS settings for a given domain - diagnoses and displays any errors. Useful!
Internet Pulse View status of Internet traffic nationwide, across various Tier One providers
What's That Site Running? - Site by netcraft.com that let's you query what Web Server and Operating System is being used by any website URL.
Connection Speed Test - Microsoft's Internet Connection Speed Test
DSLReports.com Tools - Tools for measuring Upload and Download speeds, and for other Broadband testing functions
SpeedGuide.net - Site with many broadband Cable/DSL-related links, resources and patches
BrowserSpy - BrowserSpy can tell you all kinds of detailed information about you and your browser and your computer's settings (i.e. screen resolution, IP address).
Shield's Up - Gibson Research Corp.'s site for testing your firewall/Internet connection to see if it is shielded against probes and attacks.
Tips and Techniques:
IPConfig command parameters
IBM DeveloperWorks website Tips and tricks on many program language topics, including XML
Technofile by Al Fasoldt This site has useful tips and techniques on working with Windows, computers in general, or various technologies.
Buying an LCD Monitor Tips from the Wall Street Journal, March 5th 2002 article on selecting an LCD flat-panel monitor.
Microsoft Word Shortcut Keys Shortcuts for accessing/repeating various Microsoft Word commands, tools and actions.
List of Port#'s List of Port#'s of various well-known services
IM Shorthand Common shorthand abbreviations used when Instant Messaging
Add AIM to Website This website tool automatically generates the HTML code necessary for placing AOL Remote IM buttons on your website, allowing website viewers to send an IM or join your chat room.
Parallel Port Central - A collection of files and links to material about the PC's parallel port, including ECP, EPP, bidirectional, and IEEE-1284 modes (and other I/O ports as well).
Check Blacklisted Mail Servers/Domains - ORDB.ORG is the "Open Relay Database Organization"'s site for looking up if any domain name or IP address has been black-listed because of open relays or spam mail having been sent. They also provide an option to search other organizations' blacklist databases.
Microsoft Office Templates - A Microsoft site providing downloads of Templates for many commonly used Business letters, forms, spreadsheets, calendars. Requires Microsoft Office 97 or later.
DriverGuide - Site contains searchable database of 60,000 drivers for downloading hard-to-find drivers
Scanning tips - "Boost your scanning skills" from PC Magazine 5/7/02
WotsIt's Format - A developer's site that provides file format information on hundreds of different file types