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What a great list! Thanks.

In the PDF catagory, I love CutePDFwriter and there is a free version that does everything I need to create a pdf file. Very fast, too.


I've had trouble opening pdfs from a brokerage I use (Scottrade). They want you to use Acrobat, of course, and I just hate that bloatware. But Foxit will open the files when others won't. Somehow Adobe got a hook in there and are still trying to keep pdfs proprietary. Grrr.




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Bespin is perhaps the best name for a cloud app I've ever heard. LOL

Though it may have been better suited to a data mining cloud app. ;)

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I'd like to see an Educational category - but the only entry I personally have for it right now is Stellarium - may be a little graphics intensive but it's great - from their site:

Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.

It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go.

I never see clipboard managers on these lists - how do people get along without one? it's beyond me!

YankeeClipper III - my favorite


a couple of dictionaries accessible from the tray:

there's WordWeb and StarDict has a Windows version


LMMS - Linux MultiMedia Studio has a Windows version now


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Two (i think lesser known?) handy USB Boot and Format Tools ... B)

RMPrepUSB GUI © RM Education plc [steve Si] @ UK

DD: Jan 2011 - 2,8 MB (.zip) - Portable - Englisch - Freeware

OS: Win XP, Win 2003, Win Vista, Win 2008, Win 7

HP: http://sites.google.com/site/rmprepusb

PP: http://forum.geizhals.at/t183975,6082174.html#6082174 (only german)

Partition and format your USB drive and make it bootable, install Bootmanager ... etc.

SS: http://sites.google.com/site/rmprepusb/_/rsrc/1295910282753/home/rmprep617.jpg

UFD-Utility (Usb Flash Disk Utilities) © 2008 Ao-LAB (USBest) @ TAIWAN

DD: May 2008 - bis 2,9 MB - Chinese/Japanese/English - Portable USB Standalone - Freeware

OS: Windows

HP: http://www.ao-lab.com/support.html

PP: http://forum.geizhals.at/t183975,6236932.html#6236932

USB Stick Flash Disk Boot & U3 Partition Manager (create & delete hidden Bootpartition incl. U3)

SS: http://f.666kb.com/i/boixq6tk0t7uyeme5.jpg

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A word of warning. :ph34r:

RMPREPUSB is a "generic" tool (works with any USB stick). :thumbup (and is quite known - a good two thirds of the "install Windows from USB" apps use it :))

UFD-Utility (Usb Flash Disk Utilities) © 2008 Ao-LAB (USBest) @ TAIWAN is a "Manufacturer tool" and will ONLY work with sticks that use USBest controllers, and most probably only the UT163 and UT 165.

More details here:



DO NOT EVEN THINK to use that utility on a non USBest controller. :w00t:



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Here are some other free and Open Source programs for the list:

audio tools











comical - cbr/cbz viewer


comical with local settings file:


email clients



hex editor

ncurses hexedit


image editor





image viewer



graphics/screenshot software

imagemagick or graphicsmagick



virtual desktop

bug.n and autohotkey


PDF software

mupdf - firefox plug also available






text editors

scite - highly configurable programming editor


My customization tips page for scite:


video tools





I have a more comprehensive list of my favorite Open Source applications at:



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My customization tips page for scite:


Today I feel like being sued for copyright infringement! :w00t::ph34r:



© Copyright 2008 All Rights Reserved

The information on these pages is copyrighted by the author with all rights reserved. Reproduction of anything other than actual URL addresses without the author's permission is in violation of copyright laws.

SciTE is a highly customizable programming editor that has been ported to multiple platforms like Windows and Linux. You can download and find more information on the editor at: http://www.scintilla.org/SciTE.html

(highlighting is mine)


Seriously :) VERY good work! :thumbup


P.S.: Just in case, it was only a little joke, if you feel seriously that citing the above is a Copyright infringement I will remove it as soon as you notify me. :angel


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Seriously :) VERY good work! :thumbup


P.S.: Just in case, it was only a little joke, if you feel seriously that citing the above is a Copyright infringement I will remove it as soon as you notify me. :angel

Glad you found the tips useful.

I like to copyright, CC or use GNU or BSD license on all my work. It's happened more than once that people will copy whole pages from my web site to theirs and act as if it's their work. By the way, usually quoting a portion of a page, especially if you're attributing the source, is considered fair use although the definition of fair use varies.


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I like to copyright, CC or use GNU or BSD license on all my work. It's happened more than once that people will copy whole pages from my web site to theirs and act as if it's their work. By the way, usually quoting a portion of a page, especially if you're attributing the source, is considered fair use although the definition of fair use varies.

Sure :), I am pretty familiar with the "fair use" provisions ;), it was just the "anything" that cracked me up :lol::thumbup .

And I intentionally quoted a sentence that cannot really be considered "creative work" but rather "factual data" (exempted from Copyright protection) ;).

BTW, one thing is Copyright (which gives you some rights on the copy) and another is - within your Copy Rights - to prohibit reproduction of "anything".

IMHO the Creative Commons is more "near" the philosophy of both GNU and BSD than applying your copy rights this way. :unsure:

The article/tips are very nice, as said very good work! :)



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PopMan © 2002 Christian Hübner | CH-Software @ Magdeburg.DE

DD: Apr 2010 - ca. 2 MB (.zip) - Portable Option - Multilingual - Freeware|GNU|Donationware

OS: All Windows

HP: http://www.ch-software.de/popman (Original Unpack-Setup)

PP: http://portableapps.com/news/2011-04-05_-_popman_portable_1.3.1_released (Portable Mod)

SS: http://www.ch-software.de/popman/screenshots.htm

VIDEO: http://www.netzwelt.de/videos/3860-popman.html

FORUM: http://www.ch-software.de/popman/forum/index.php

My "new smartie" is this handy, multi-account eMail-Checker - I use it now as my follow-up for ePrompter. B)

PopMan is a POP3 and IMAP4 manager. It can be used to list all e-mails received on your incoming mail server,

without having to load these mails completely. Unwanted e-mails can be deleted directly from the server.


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MyPhoneExplorer © FJ Software Development / Franz Josef Wechselberger @ Finkenberg.AT

DD: Aug 2012 - 6,37 MB - Multilingual - Installer - Freeware Donationware

OS: Windows & Android

HP: http://www.fjsoft.at/en/

HP: http://www.fjsoft.at/de/home.php

DL: http://www.fjsoft.at/en/downloads.php

DL: http://www.fjsoft.at/de/downloads.php

SS: http://www.fjsoft.at/de/gallery-myphoneexplorer.php

WIKI: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MyPhoneExplorer

WIKI: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/MyPhoneExplorer

FORUM: http://www.fjsoft.at/forum/?language=english

Android Smartphones Management + Backups + Updates + Syncronize Profiles etc. thru Windows PC without ROOT Permissions :)

Simply explore your SonyEricsson or Android phone !

Connect your phone via cable, bluetooth or infrared and you'll be surprised how easy and efficient you can manage your phone with this compact software. Since it's first appearance MyPhoneExplorer evolved into the most popular freeware tool for SE-phones and is constantly extended by new features.

Since version 1.8 MyPhoneExplorer supports also Android-based phones (connected via WiFi, USB cable or Bluetooth)


- Adressbook - with direct sync to Outlook, GMail, Windows contacts, Thunderbird, SeaMonkey, Lotus Notes and Tobit David

- Organizer with calendarview and direct sync to Outlook, Google, Sunbird, Thunderbird, SeaMonkey, Windows calendar(Vista), Rainlendar, Lotus Notes, Tobit David and net shared calendars (WebDAV, FTP, local)

- SMS - archive, export, import, excessive messages,...

- Filebrowser with cachesystem to minimize datatransfer, automatic photosync...

- Set phoneclock based on atomtime

- and much more. f.e.: calllists, edit profiles, control phone, memorystatus, phonemonitor,...

If you are using a Symbian-Phone from SE (f.e. P1i, M600i, W950i, W960i, G700, G900) please note: Its needed to install the PC-Suite first and the connection with MyPhoneExplorer is only possible throught USB-Cable.

There exists a few Low-Cost-Phones (f.e. T200i) which does not have a

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Web Developer Extension © 2003-2013 Chris Pederick @ UK+USA http://chrispederick.com/about

HP: http://chrispederick.com/work/web-developer

DL: https://addons.mozilla.org/de/firefox/addon/web-developer

FORUM: http://forums.chrispederick.com

Very, very useful Firefox & Chrome Add-On Extension (Freeware, Donationware) :)

Web Developer Features http://chrispederick.com/work/web-developer/features

The Web Developer extension adds various web developer tools to a browser.


- The original concept for the Web Developer extension came from the PNH Developer Toolbar

- The icons used in the extension are from Helveticons and Icon Drawer

- The complex string options support was suggested and written by Norio Minato

Feature acknowledgements:

- Many of the features were inspired by Jesse Ruderman's Bookmarklets

- The 'Clear Session Cookies' feature was written by Viliam Durina

- The 'Display Element Information' feature was inspired by the Mouseover DOM Inspector written by Steve Chipman

- The 'Display Image File Sizes' feature was written by Kevin Hamilton

- The 'Display Ruler' feature was inspired by the Ruler Favelet written by Kevin Smith

- The 'Display Topographic Information' feature was inspired by the Topographic View bookmarlet written by Joseph Pearson

- The 'Edit CSS' feature was inspired by the Edit CSS extension

Convert Firefox into a text-only browser © 12/2007 Dennis O'Reilly


The free Web Developer Toolbar from Chris Pedericks makes it easy

to view and print only the text on a Web page ...


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Hi I have been looking for a pc txt to phone solution and finally found one Pinger Text Free works great you can receive text msg also http://www.pinger.com/tfw/ and it is free the best part hehe.


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Just a mention of a few older software programs that I used with Windows 98SE that also work with Windows XP. Maybe a few people never heard of them and might find them useful. When I made my move from 98SE to XP a year ago, I was very happy that many of the software programs that I had on my 98SE setup also worked on XP. Helped make the transfer a lot smoother. They may also work on Windows 2000 and most likely will but above Windows XP ... I have no clue. Everything is freeware.

Been using this program since 2004 ... don't do it often but every now and then I forget about having a CD / DVD in the drive when I shutdown the computer. Quick ShutDown will keep that from happening again. Small program that's light on resources.

Quick ShutDown v2.6


Windows 9x/Me/XP/2000/NT

Quick ShutDown - fast and easy-to-use shutdown tool that allows you to shutdown, reboot, hibernate, logoff, standby or lock your computer with the one mouse click. When QSD is running, an accurate miniature icon appears on the taskbar on the end opposite the "Start" button. You can choose to click or double click it with the left mouse button, and it shutdowns or reboots your computer. You can set a keyboard shortcut for any action - shutdown, reboot, hibernate, standby, lock, logoff and media eject. Quick ShutDown allows you to set your own tray icon to be displayed. Click it with the right mouse button to view the context menu. Also, QSD can automatically terminate applications if they are not responding making shutdowns both quicker and safer. In addition, Quick ShutDown can eject removable media drives at shutdown preventing you from losing your disks and CDs by leaving them in the drive when you leave.

Quick ShutDown - optionally terminates programs that aren't responding, making shutdowns both quicker and safer. You can easily set hotkeys for each task (shutdown, reboot and logoff). The program meets a real need for millions of Windows users, consumes a minimum of resources, but offers a maximum of features. Quick ShutDown works with Windows 9x/Me/XP/2000/NT.


MRU-Blaster works great on XP (also listed for Vista and Windows 7). It hasn't been updated for some time but still will find and remove over 30,000 MRU lists. Run it all the time, especially after getting off the internet.

MRU-Blaster v1.5


Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, 7

Protect your privacy, and keep your PC free from clutter. Find and remove over 30,000 MRU lists.

MRU-Blaster is a program made to do one large task - detect and clean MRU (most recently used) lists on your computer.

These MRU lists contain information such as the names and/or locations of the last files you have accessed. They are located ALL OVER your registry, and for almost ANY file type.

By looking at these MRU lists, someone could determine what files you opened/saved/looked at, what their file names were, and much more! (And, in many cases, the lists are displayed in drop-down menus automatically.)

With additional plug-ins that allow you to clean out your Temporary Internet Files and Cookies, MRU-Blaster enhances the protection of your privacy!


The last item is another small registry cleaner ... Registry Trash Keys Finder. It's free to download and use but there might be one or two entries (in my case I have two entries) that won't get cleaned out for free. The program developer has a "full" version available for a donation, I don't mind that ... his time involved has some value but the free version will work just fine and clean out most unecessary registry keys. I used this (the free version) on Windows 98SE and now on XP and have never had a problem, but maybe a registry backup with ERUNT might be good till you know for sure with your setup.

Registry Trash Keys Finder v3.9.1.2


Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7, both 32-bit and 64-bit

Registry Trash Keys Finder (TrashReg) is an advanced Registry cleaning tool. The main function of RTKF is to allow the removal of unnecessary keys from the Windows Registry. Many programs leave keys in the Registry, even after programs removal using an uninstallation facility provided with the programs themselves. RTKF allows you to decide whether to delete or leave the keys found.

An additional effect (it may be the main aim for some users) of removal of these keys is the "revival" of some programs trial versions after the initial trial period has expired.

The program RTKF is not a "crack" but is an addition to other "serious" Registry cleaning software. No breach of software license agreement of the programms in use which "remains" are found by TrashReg takes place: nothing is "patched" into EXE files and their action is not traced by special "spies". I do not distribute any registration keys, and moreover one may not know anything about trial versions of any programs, which for their needs could write something hiddenly. So as the RTKF user you simply clean some trash from your computer Registry.

... as I mentioned earlier, just a heads up for someone that might not know about these older programs.


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Thanks Duffy! I had forgotten about MRU-Blaster, and I had not heard of the other two. Good to know.

Cheers and Regards


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dencorso ... I'm finding the three links all dead or no longer "active" and have been searching on Google for links for UserAssist Spy v1.2.0.0 and v1.2.1.0 ... haven't had any luck yet but I am going to spend more time later today. Just wanted to give you a heads up that the links don't seem to be active anymore ... maybe you have some other links or someone else may have better luck than me. Application looks interesting.

thanks ...

Update: It seems that Javacool's MRU-Blaster may actually clean or delete the User Assist files. I mentioned MRU-Blaster in my earlier post. The company is no longer Javacool, they changed their name just a few months ago.

I found this information on the subject ... from another forum:

"Javacool's MRU Blaster claims to clean User Assist files, which are details of urls retained in two specific Registry keys. I assume that is what you are talking about, rather than index.dat files?. MRUBlaster hasn't been updated for a long time, but I don't think that affects its capabilities. I've been using it for some time on my 98 comp and my User Assist files are either non-existent or empty."

Then I found this entry further down ... "If you use the Helamonster 'User Assist Spy' tool, you can see what is being stored before you try MRU-Blaster. I would be interested to know the result."

I found this in another forum:

J.Smith has written a very elegant little app to clear and lock these files and also

in the "About" box some extra info and advice. User Spy Assist is the application.

The article notes the CLSID's. Search the Registry for them...



.... so it seems to be these two registry entries that may be the problem ... If MRU-Blaster does clean everything out then that's another plus for having it on the computer.

Found this at the MRU-Blaster website ....

Securely Erase Browsing Tracks - MRU-Blaster also supports secure removal of Internet Explorer Temporary Internet Files (cache) and Cookies, with its built-in Plugins. The Internet Explorer cache alone can take up GB (gigabytes) of space on your hard drive.

... the Plugins are there and have to be activated after installing MRU-Blaster.

Update to the earlier Update:

I found this mention at another forum:

CCleaner, CleanCache and MRUBlaster are just a few of the utilities that can remove UserAssist entries - if you want them to.

Generally you need to configure cleaners for this task because you lose Start menu icons (unless they are pinned) and a lot of users don't like that happening!


After checking those two registry entries on my computer ... they are both there but both are "empty". Perhaps MRU-Blaster does clean out the entries as stated earlier.


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the links posted by dencorso are on the Wayback Machiine and work OK from here.

What happens when you click on them?

What happens if you go on the home page:


and search for:


look for pages in 2004/2005/2006



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duffy, FYI all three of dencorso's links work for me. Maybe something wrong on your end like a browser extension misbehaving?

EDIT: Ah I guess my crystal ball is working as well, as evidenced by the discussion here.

Cheers and Regards

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Just noticed that Unlocker v1.9.2 has been released ... dated 05-19-2013 at FileHippo.


Unlocker 1.9.2

Requirements: Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / Windows7 / Windows8

License: Freeware

Date added: May 19, 2013

Update ... I don't see much difference in this version over Unlocker v1.9.1 ... there is a toolbar that is in the new version but can be passed over. I don't remember if v1.9.1 had the toolbar, so this might be the only difference in the two versions or maybe there were a few changes in the newer version ... just not sure.


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Came across an interesting e-book library management application today while searching for something else. The software is Calibre and it seems to cover everything relating to e-books. I had never heard of it before today, just posting if anyone might also want to check it out. I installed the Calibre Portable version into a folder but the installer version is also there. I always like the portable version of anything with no heavy duty installing. Seems to be a new version from three days ago.

Calibre v0.9.31



MajorGeeks - Calibre v0.9.31


Calibre is a one stop solution to all your e-book needs. It is free, open source and cross-platform in design and works well on Linux, OS X and Windows. calibre is meant to be a complete e-library solution and thus includes library management, format conversion, news feeds to ebook conversion, as well as e-book reader sync features and an integrated e-book viewer.

* Library Management

Calibre manages your e-book collection for you. It is designed around the concept of the logical book, i.e., a single entry in your library that may correspond to actual

e-book files in several formats.

Calibre can sort the books in your library by: Title, Author, Date added, Date published, Size, Rating, Series, etc.

In addition, it supports extra searchable metadata:

o Tags: A flexible system for categorizing your collection however you like

o Comments: A long form entry that you can use for book description, notes, reviews, etc.

You can easily search your book collection for a particular book. Calibre supports searching any and all of the fields mentioned above. You can construct advanced search queries by clicking the helpful "Advanced search" button to the left of the search bar.

You can export arbitrary subsets of your collection to your hard disk arranged in a fully customizable folder structure.

Finally, calibre will even go out onto the internet to find book metadata based on existing title/author or ISBN information. It can download various types of metadata and covers for your books, automatically. The metadata system is written using plugins so that different types of metadata sources can be supported in the future.

* E-book conversion

Calibre can convert from a huge number of formats to a huge number of formats. It supports all the major e-book formats. The full list of formats can be found here.

The conversion engine has lots of powerful features. It can rescale all font sizes, ensuring the output e-book is readable no matter what font sizes the input document uses. It can automatically detect/create book structure, like chapters and Table of Contents. It can insert the book metadata into a "Book Jacket" at the start of the book.

* Syncing to e-book reader devices

Calibre has a modular device driver design that makes adding support for different e-reader devices easy. At the moment, it has support for a large number of devices, the complete list of which is here. Syncing supports updating metadata on the device from metadata in the library and creation of collections on the device based on the tags defined in the library. If a book has more than one format available, calibre automatically chooses the best format when uploading to the device. If none of the formats is suitable, calibre will automatically convert the e-book to a format suitable for the device before sending it.

* Downloading news from the web and converting it into e-book form

Calibre can automatically fetch news from websites or RSS feeds, format the news into a ebook and upload to a connected device. The ebooks include the full

versions of the articles, not just the summaries. Examples of supported news sites include:

o The New York Times

o The Wall Street Journal

o The Economist

o Time

o Newsweek

o The Guardian


o and many, many more

Calibre has over three hundred news sources and the news system is plugin based, allowing users to easily create and contribute new sources to calibre. As a result the collection of news sources keeps on growing!

If you are interested in adding support for a news site, read the User Manual. Once you have successfully created a new recipe, you can share it with other users by posting it in the calibre forum or sending it to the calibre developers for inclusion in calibre.

* Comprehensive e-book viewer

Calibre has a built-in ebook viewer that can display all the major ebook formats. It has full support for Table of Contents, bookmarks, CSS, a reference mode, printing, searching, copying, customizing the rendering via a user style sheet, embedded fonts, etc.



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