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OT: Freeware Recommendations
- To: "SEAINT Listserv" <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
- Subject: OT: Freeware Recommendations
- From: "Caldwell, Stan" <scaldwell(--nospam--at)halff.com>
- Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2005 11:42:58 -0500
As some of you
know, I am a big believer in high quality freeware (not to be confused with
shareware, adware, or crippleware). I greatly admire the individuals and
companies that make the results of their efforts available at no cost as a
public service. Their products tend to be tightly focused without a lot of
extraneous bells and whistles (a.k.a., bloat) that add little or no value.
Also, as a person of Scottish heritage, I like to make lots of money and then
keep as much of it as possible.
Most freeware is
intended solely for personal, noncommercial use on home computers. My use
fits that description, and I spend a few evenings every month prowling the
world for new and better freeware. Every so often, I post my favorite
discoveries on this Listserv so that the rest of you can benefit.
Here are three of my latest favorites:
If you use
Microsoft Outlook (not to be confused with Outlook Express) as your email
client, this is far and away the best spam filtering plug-in. It has a
slick interface, runs quickly and reliably, and learns reasonably
fast. It is much better than my previous favorite, Outclass. If you
use any email client other than Microsoft Outlook, then I continue to recommend
POPfile as a proxy filter.
This is my all
time favorite antivirus program. It is much better than my previous
freeware favorite, AVG Free. Arguably, I think that it is also somewhat
better than the various commercial programs that I have used: Norton,
McAfee, and Panda. In addition to manual scanning, it offers a complete
suite of powerful and configurable resident protection services for file
operations, inbound and outbound email, web surfing, P2P file sharing, and
instant messaging. It runs on all 32-bit and 64-bit versions of
Windows with automatic program and signature file updates. All of this is
provided with only a minimal intrusion on system resources. Three cheers
for the Czech Republic!
accurately convert virtually any electronic document into a PDF file. This
installs as a pseudo printer and couldn't be any easier to use. As
freeware, it is also about $300 less than the commercial alternative, Adobe
This is a special
July bonus! For those of you that like the American flag as much as I do,
here is an outstanding freeware screensaver of Old Glory randomly waving in
the breeze, with or without gusts, either before and after a
Stan R. Caldwell,
Hometown of Lance