Freeware Roundup

Found a few freeware goodies and thought I’d pass them along. Haven’t tried any of them yet, so BEWARE!

SpywareBlaster – Keep spyware from installing in the first place!

EverNote (Beta) – makes it easy to store and quickly access all your notes on an endless, digital roll or paper.

ClamWin – ClamWin is a Free Antivirus for Microsoft Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/2003. It provides a graphical user interface to the Clam AntiVirus engine. (Please note that ClamWin Free Antivirus does not include an on-access real-time scanner, that is, you need to manually scan a file in order to detect a virus.)

PC Inspector File Recovery – A data recovery program that supports the FAT 12/16/32 and NTFS file systems.

I’ve been looking for a nice AV program that doesn’t actively run, but allows me to run it if I think I’m infected. Just happened to find the others along the way.

Weather Watcher

Was watching TechTV for a few minutes last nite and saw Megan intro a replacement for WeatherBug. I’ve been a avid Bug user for a few years now, but always hated the popups and other crap that was included to “persuade” you to buy the full version of the program.

Weather Watcher on the other hand is completely freeware, with no spyware attached. I work in an office with no windows (I refer to it as my cell), so if the weather starts to get bad or if there is bad weather coming, I usually don’t know until I head out of the office. I tried out WW this AM and so far it’s working like a charm. Seems to include the same basic functionality, without all the other aforementioned crap.

The Rise Alarm Clock

Ever had one of those million dollar ideas that was going to make you rich? Well, I did, but I knew it would never happen for me. So I just sat back and wondered when it would happen. Well, according to a BBC article, someone has finally done it, at least partially.

The Rise alarm clock offers to wake you up early based on traffic conditions. If things are bad, it’ll wake you up a bit earlier. That was something I was planning for my version, but I was going to include weather into the equation. Foggy? Give you an extra 5 minutes. Icy? Better get on the road quite a bit earlier.

You can bet once these hit mainstream, I’ll be in line to get one. I figure that maybe you can even stream audio off of it from other cities since it will have Internet access. Could be quite a machine once it hits the US…

How To Keep Track Of All Those Movies

Been checking out some new Movie Collection software over the last few weeks. I have owned DVD Profiler for about a year and a half, and while it does a great job, it hasn’t been updated in quite a while. The Collectorz program looks good, offering VHS movies as well, which I do have quite a few of, but it doesn’t seem to offer the online aspect that the DVD Profiler offers. But, it is updated pretty regularly and I could just upload the export file and get what I need from that.

There is a freeware package I looked at this morning called MovieDB which could be good if I was a real tightwad, but I think I could handle springing for the Collectorz piece pretty easily, which is the package that’s currently leading the pack.

Window Shades 2.0

Messing around with a new pop-up stopper. I was using Pow from AnalogX, who BTW has some of the best utilities on the net, but was looking for something that would allow me to configure it a bit more. Yesterday I stumbled across Window Shades, which might fit the bill. It allows you to block pop-ups across an entire domain, or block only certain pop-ups. This is more of what I was looking for.