Free Software Review Of 2005

That’s right, it’s time for some more computer advice. Here are some great programs that are available free to you.

Security

Ad Aware SE 1.0

This program anaylizes your computer for programs that have infected your computer. The programs are not classified as viruses, but can be harmful or more harmful than your everyday run of the mill virus. I recommend this one.

Microsoft Anti Spyware Beta

Microsoft came out with this recently. It’s there jump into the spyware defense market. The program is quite complete surprisingly and even offers an active protection program that will detect spyware while it tries to install itself. Microsoft has made this program free, and it’s definitely a good move by Microsoft.

Mozilla Firefox 1.0

This is an Internet browser that by far beat all the competetion. Such bonus features include tabbed browsing, great security unlike IE, wonderful bookmarking, pop up blocking, and built in Google, IMDB search. The program is completely free, and well worth the download. Don’t forget to set this as your default browser upon installation.

Communication and Organization

Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0

This e-mail client offers great search for your e-mail. It offers a great layout, newsreader feed support, and much much more. If you have a pop3 or IMAP e-mail account consider this.

Mozilla Sunbird 0.2

This calendar program is still in early development, but boasts some great features that are free. It also includes a to do list, and several calendar options. Be wary if you find problems with the program since it’s only a 0.2 release, but definitely worth considering as it develops.

GAIM 1.0

An instant messaging program that integrates AIM, MSN, YAHOO, and ICQ. The program features no ads, logging, aliases, among several other features. It’s a small download, and it’s always being updated with new features.

Trillian 3.0

Another instant messaging program. Trillian boasts a “prettier” interface than GAIM, and it was recently updated to version 3.0. Trillian is skinnable and has several features just as GAIM does.



w.Bloggar 4.0


If you have any type of blogging service, and you hate logging in, the web interface, or have multiple blogs, then give this a try. w.Bloggar consolidates all your blog accounts into a small program and makes any html editing a breeze. Support for fonts, pictures, and FTP are also include along with templates. This works with Livejournal, Blogger, and several other services.

Photos

Picasa 2.0

Picasa is owned by Google, and recently released their 2.0 version. This program makes organizing photos on your computer a snap, as well as adjusting contrast, red eye, and many other aspects. The new version also lets you create screensavers, web galleries, burn CDs, and much much more. Coupled with their Hello instant messaging program, you can upload photos you your Blogger account, or share with friends.

Microsoft Photo Story 3

Photo Story allows you to create awesome stunning slideshows into movie files on your computer. You can add music, make transitions, create music moods, and more. The greatest feature that Photo Story offers is that when your pictures are added to the slideshow, it moves the pictures, and zooms on them automatically which makes the slideshow that much more captavating. With several customizable features, check this one out.

Audio and Video Players

Winamp 5.08

Winamp has always offered a free, great program. This version helps play several different formats of audio and video files. It offers playlist creation, a media library to keep everything organized and easy to find, and it’s skinable. There are also plugins to enhance the program. And there’s a built in free internet radio search list if you are ever in the mood to hear commercial free radio on your computer. The program also offers free CD ripping and burning and easy ID3 tag editing.

Microsoft Windows Media Player 10

If you aren’t into using anything but what Microsoft offers, then you definitely need to update to version 10 of Windows Media Player. It offers an automatic media library, CD burning, and ripping. Ripping is done in the less accepted .wma format, but if you don’t know the difference from and mp3 then what’s the difference.

That’s all for now. If I’ve left anything out be sure to let me know. I’ll have an Internet site review up sometime later this week. Until then, love your computer, and it will love you back.

Microsoft Finally Gets Something Right

Just yesterday Microsoft released an anti spyware program dubbed “AntiSpyware”… yeah. Anyhow after aquiring Giant Company Software Inc. Microsoft quickly went into action to get this program in beta. Microsoft is also going to release a free virus scan program next Tuesday. The anti spyware program is great in my tests, but even more so, if Microsoft releases a FREE virus scan program, there should be no unprotected computer. I do trust that Microsoft’s anti virus software, and spyware removal tools will be up to par if not better. They are under a close watch and will be criticized even more if these tools don’t do the trick.

If you are without a virus scan program, and a spyware removal program, you are basically an idiot that doesn’t deserve to live in this authors opinion. This is Microsoft’s way of saying, “yeah, Windows is prone to problems, but I think we’re going to start helping with that”… or something.

You can download the anti spyware program here. http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx

Also, it has an active dectection unlike Ad-Aware, so it should remove spyware immediately. Yeah, I know… Microsoft’s evil, but this lessens their evilness… just a little bit.