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June 11, 2006




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EULAlyzer - what are you agreeing to?

Analyze license agreements for interesting words and phrases.

recommended by ClifNotes, Jun 2006


What is an EULA? (End User License Agreement)

These are simply a contract that you agree to every time you use a piece of software when you decide to use it. Have you ever seen those check boxes that say "I agree" when you install a new program? If you want more details, see this article about software licenses from Wikipedia.


Why should I care about EULAs?

Since these are considered a legally binding contract, you should at least know what you are agreeing to. Not only that, if you use a program without some idea of what the EULA says, you might be allowing them to use personal information on your PC or worse.


What is EULAyzer?

EULAyzer can help protect you from unknown software that you decide to try. I use it now and here's what Javacool, the maker of this tool says about it.


... it can be dangerous not to read license agreements.

License agreements can provide information about the intentions of software, and other bundled components. Have you ever installed a program, only to have your desktop taken over by advertising?


ULAlyzer can analyze license agreements in seconds, and provide a detailed listing of potentially interesting words and phrases. Discover if the software you're about to install displays pop-up ads, transmits personally identifiable information, uses unique identifiers to track you, or much much more.


  • Discover potentially hidden behavior about the software you're going to install
  • Pick up on things you missed when reading license agreements
  • Keep a saved database of the license agreements you view
  • Instant results - super-fast analysis in just a second




Get this great tool from Javacool Software



SpeedFan - how hot is your PC?

review from ClifNotes, Jun 2006


I saw this little utility and decided to try it. SpeedFan promises to give you as much information about your computer's cooling systems as it can. On my computer, I was only able to see how hot my hard drives are running. If you have a newer computer, then I'm sure it will tell you much more.



SpeedFan can access digital sensors available on your pc. By acessing available hardware monitor chips, SpeedFan can show temperatures, voltages and fan speeds. SpeedFan can show S.M.A.R.T. data from almost evey hard disk too. Temperature sensors from almost every manufacturer are automatically detected and accessed. Usually, the only action you need to take is to rename the readings that SpeedFan found. If your hardware allows it and you properly configured SpeedFan, you can change fan speeds depending on system temperatures, thus reducing overall noise.


try SpeedFan


Gmail Space - backup your personal files online

review by ClifNotes, Jun 2006


As I write this, every free Gmail account comes with 2.73 Gigabytes of storage space for your email. Since I have several Gmail accounts, what in the world do I do with that much space online?


One thing I like to do is backup my critical files online. If my house burns down, a tornado hits, or an earthquake shakes, I'll still be able to access some or most of my files online (if I survive).


Gmail Space allows me to easily use all that free space online. Once installed, I can open my Firefox browser, then drag and drop files into and out of my Gmail space. It's an awesome tool, and I highly recommend it.


If you don't use Firefox browser, you might want to check out a little program called GmailDrive, which creates a virtual hard drive on your PC.




Quote from Mozilla Addons

This extension allows you to use your Gmail Space (almost 3GB) for file storage. It acts as a remote machine. You can transfer files between your hard drive and gmail. This is similar to "Gmail Drive" on windows platform. Your gmail account looks like a FTP host and you can upload and download your files. After you install, you get an option called "GSpace" in your "tools" menu clicking on which opens the window for transfer of files/folders ...


try out Gmail Space





KlipFolio - weather, news, and RSS feeds on your desktop

review from ClifNotes, Jun 2006


I've seen this desktop tool a few times, and I decided to try it. The download was just under 1 megabyte. I ran the installer and after reading the EULA in EulaYzer, I found that it's clean, but they do reserve the right to disclose personal information to third parties. The only personal info they can get is your IP address, and what feeds you are subscribing to. That's no big deal, so I went ahead and installed it.


To tell you the truth, I'm impressed. It's a very cool program. If you want tons of information displayed right on your desktop, this is a great way to do it. It's very customizable, so you can set colors, styles, sizes, alarms, and other stuff.




Here are a few of the hundreds of clips you can display with KlipFolio

POP3 Email

This Klip will notify you when new email has been delivered to your POP3 email account.


Fifa World Cup 2006 - News

Track your team. Fifa World Cup 2006 team news for any country.


Astronomy Picture of the Day

This Klip parses the HTML from the http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html to display the the Astronomy Picture of the Day.



Shows comics that can be watched within tooltips. Mainsource is www.ucomics.com.



This Klip will notify you when new email has been delivered to your Hotmail(tm) account.


try KlipFolio



QuickSet Internet Zone - simplify security settings for IE

review from ClifNotes, Jun 2006


If you are stubbornly determined to use Internet Explorer with all the security issues it has, at least you can make some of the settings easier to use with this utility. I tried it out and it works very well. In fact, it shows many settings that I am not familiar with. I'm not a security expert, and I am easily fooled into thinking everything is fine, so I decided a long time ago to avoid using Internet Explorer whenever possible.



Quote from Snapfiles.com

QuickSet Internet Zone enables convenient access to the Internet Explorer security settings, that allow you to set restrictions for Active scripting behavior without having to go through the IE configurations dialog. You can also quickly toggle between enable/disable and prompt mode for all configured settings.


download QuickSet Internet Zone


TaskSwitchXP - see your alt-tab choices

review by ClifNotes, Jun 2006


Sometimes you may have several applications running on your PC at once. You might also have trouble figuring out which one you really want to switch to when you look at your task bar or use ALT-TAB to swap them around. I tried out TaskSwitchXP and it's a beautiful solution. It's very small, and the download gives you a choice between an installer or zipped as a no-install. I always choose the no-install option which allows me to download, unzip, and run it wherever and whenever I wish. The no-install package allows TaskSwitchXP to be used as a PortableApp.



Quote from the website

TaskSwitchXP is an advanced task management utility that picks up where the standard Windows Alt+Tab switcher leaves off. It provides the same functionality, and adds visual styles to the dialog and also enhances it by displaying thumbnail preview of the application that will be switched to.


TaskSwitchXP also has a powerful process and window management capability that allows you quickly to close/minimize applications and their groups. The unique capabilities of TaskSwitchXP make it useful for tracking down multitudinous windows, and provide insight into the way Windows and applications work.


try TaskSwitchXP



Cablenut - speeding up your internet connection

a reader's review, Jun 2006


From Clif

Richard wrote me about this program. It sounds good. Thanks for writing me about it!


I have used a small program called Cablenut to change the ISP connection enhancing the download speed. For me I've noticed a huge difference in download time and I thought folks might like to know about this Cablenut, after all it is free and it does work.


Here's the Info


Cablenut 4.08


Tweak your broadband connection with this ( free ) Cablenut 4.08 software and the Cablenut add on package. Over 60 custom tweak files for the Cablenut program. A wide variety of settings for Cable & DSL users! Easy to use. Be sure to back up your registry prior to tweaking. My first choice was from the update package cable/dsl XP_2k (3500-384). As you can see from the various test results below it significantly boosted Comcasts download speed - within a T-1 level. Cablenut provides a community support forum if you need help. Give it a whirl you'll be pleasantly surprised.


Download Cablenut

Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP

No malware - spyware detected



Thanks Clif for all the useful information your newsletter provides. Keep up the good work.


Peace out ....















Gmail Tip - forwarding email to a mixed group

tip from Phil B, fellow CNNL reader, Jun 2006


From Clif

Gmail doesn't allow you to easily add new contacts from your contact list when you are forwarding an email. You have to remember the names or at least part of their names and type them into the "To", "CC", or "BCC" boxes. Some services allow you to choose the contacts from your contact list by clicking on them before you send the email.


So, what can a Gmail user do about this problem?


From Phil

I have discovered a way to do it and wanted to pass this along to you. Knowing how clever you are you most likely know this already, but in case you don't, here it is.


This can be done is several ways so just the premise is important.

  1. You read an e-mail that is needed to be be forwarded to many.
  2. Open a new e-mail via the contacts list.
  3. Select from the list who you want to send it to
  4. Select "Compose", the one directly about your list, not the one on the left column.
  5. Copy the list after all the needed contacts are in the "To" box
  6. Close the new email
  7. Open the email you need to forward
  8. Paste your contact list in your forward box of the e-mail that is to be forwarded.

... and there you have it. Hope that you find this info helpful. Thank you for all of the hard work you do in finding us programs.


From Clif

Thanks Phil, I never really tried sending emails to more people than I could remember. I guess I've got a good memory or a small list of friends. LOL


Get Gmail!


You need a Gmail account to access many of the cool features at Google. I'll send you an invitation right away if you write me and say I WANT GMAIL.


Traveling with a Notebook - free dialup connection?

tip from Terry's Computer Tips, Jun 2006


If you're lucky and travelling with your notebook computer, maybe your hotel, motel, friend's house, relative's home, campground or RV park will have a wireless connection available. Most hotels don't bother with wired connections, although a few do. If you don't have wired or wireless available, or if the wireless connection doesn't work for some reason, you'll need dialup.


My second dialup choice is my free 10 hours per month from ...



read the rest at Terry's Computer Tips
















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Try Windows Vista out for free

notes from Clif, Jun 2006


Microsoft is encouraging people to try out their newest operating system before they really have all the bugs worked out. It might be fun to try it but I decided not to after I read these items.


Time-limited software

Windows Vista Beta 2 (and RC1) is time-limited, pre-release software that will expire on June 1, 2007.


In addition, once you install Windows Vista Beta 2 (or RC1) you cannot roll back to the previous operating system installation—you will either have to acquire and install the final released edition of Windows Vista or reinstall a previous edition of Windows.


Vista beta preview


GRISOFT Acquires Ewido

April 2006


From Clif

Grisoft is the maker of the very good free antivirus program called AVG Free. I've used AVG Free in the past and I was never disappointed. It's good protection for the average user at the best price.


Ewido is basically a live protection program that targets spyware and trojan viruses that try to secretly use your PC to transmit your personal information or worse yet, turn your PC into a spamming machine or a zombi PC. I tried out Ewido's software when it first came out over two years ago, and I was impressed with it.


Both companies have offered free services and I'm hoping Grisoft will continue to keep it's free offerings while combining the best of both sets of programs. Keep your fingers crossed!


read the announcement


Microsoft - big brother is watching all of us?

article from Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols at eWeek, Jun 2006


From Clif

Thanks to JimiPocius for sending me this article. It just confirms some of the suspicions I've had about Microsoft.


From eWeek

It turns out that Microsoft's Genuine Advantage anti-piracy program is also keeping daily tabs on Windows users. Who knew?


Well, until a few days ago, nobody outside of Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Wash., knew.


read the rest of the article at eWeek



























Frapper - you people live all over the world!

Wow! Over 300 people and still growing! I invite all of you to record your locations on this map. You can include as little or as much information as you wish. I think you'll enjoy seeing yourself there.


Here's a small look at my frapper map.



Chatting at Freewarewiki

review by ClifNotes


Now you can chat with anyone visiting a website by using Gabbly. To see who's gabbing at this website, click here.


Find out more about it at Gabbly.com


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