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Internet Software Posts from the Old Blog

The following posts were made in the old Thingamablog version of this blog, the read more links will take you directly to them.

FileZilla -- Freeware FTP/SFTP Client

Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2006 at 3:56 PM by Randall

I've been using CuteFTP Pro for many years. I bought it back at version 3 when it was the cheapest worthwhile program that handled SFTP... [Read More]

CCleaner -- Clean Up After Messy Programs

Posted on Tuesday, August 01, 2006 at 2:25 PM by Randall

A lot of programs are "messy" -- leaving all sorts of temporary files on your hard drive. Other programs keep a history of where you... [Read More]

Peacefire -- How to Get Around Blocking Software

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2006 at 2:19 PM by Randall

While many parents install Internet Block Software to keep their children from viewing "porn sites" -- such software often blocks many other sites that have... [Read More]

Firefox and Thunderbird Security Updates

Posted on Thursday, July 27, 2006 at 9:31 PM by Randall

Firefox released a security update (to 1.5.0.5) and Thunderbird will not be far behind according to reports I've seen.. Some important security issues were addressed... [Read More]

FlashGet -- Award Winning Download Manager Now Free

Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 at 8:50 PM by Randall

FlashGet was been a popular, award-winning commercial download manager. "Was" because it is now available free. Like most Download managers, FlashGet can split large... [Read More]

Opera 9 -- "World's Fastest Browser" Gets Better

Posted on Tuesday, June 20, 2006 at 5:32 PM by Randall

As a web designer, I have to have all the major browsers available to test web pages, so I downloaded the new Opera 9.0... [Read More]

Methods for Boosting Your Internet Connection

Posted on Wednesday, June 07, 2006 at 8:38 PM by Randall

If you have some skill with regedit, you can try to tweak Windows to boost your Internet connection's throughput. The amount of boost varies with... [Read More]

WinSCP -- Freeware SFTP (and SCH) Client

Posted on Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 9:56 PM by Randall

Many web hosting companies strongly suggest (or even require) that their customers use SFTP (Secure FTP) instead of FTP to upload files to their web... [Read More]

Easy HTML To Any Script Converter

Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 at 9:45 PM by Randall

I was modifying a template for a SMF forum today. This involved taking a large chunk of standard HTML code and converting it to... [Read More]

ieSpell - A Spell Checker for Internet Explorer

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2006 at 6:52 PM by Randall

I try to avoid using Internet Explorer, but I know many people still use it. iespell is a spelling checker for IE (for when... [Read More]

X-Chat IRC Client -- Freeware Builds for Windows

Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2006 at 8:53 PM by Randall

The X-Chat IRC client is open source software and is considered one of the best cross-platform IRC clients. Unfortunately, the "official" Windows built is... [Read More]

uTorrent -- A Tiny, Powerful BitTorrent Client

Posted on Thursday, March 16, 2006 at 9:55 PM by Randall

If you think of peer-to-peer file sharing at all, you probably think of it in connection with downloading music. While this is frought with copyright... [Read More]

ASP.NET Web Matrix -- HTML Editor for ASP.NET Users

Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 at 10:02 PM by Randall

Those who design web sites with Microsoft's ASP.NET often seem to get the short end of the stick when it comes to HTML editors. Most... [Read More]

PuTTY -- A Freeware Telnet/SSH Client

Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2006 at 10:10 PM by Randall

Many Web Hosts (like Dreamhost) provide access to a unix shell account. Long ago, before the days when script kiddies made high security a... [Read More]

Yahoo Music Engine 1.1

Posted on Friday, February 10, 2006 at 9:56 PM by Randall

Yahoo has issued a major upgrade to its Yahoo! Music Engine -- although you would not really know that it was a major upgrade... [Read More]

Apple Quicktime without Itunes

Posted on Thursday, February 09, 2006 at 9:46 PM by Randall

Apple really wants people to download Itunes, so they bundle it with Quicktime. To get Quicktime, you have to take a copy of Itunes whether... [Read More]

Great News -- RSS Feed Reading Made Easy

Posted on Thursday, February 02, 2006 at 8:55 PM by Randall

While browsers are beginning to handle RSS feed reading, their services are fairly basic. With FireFox, for example, I never saw the point of looking... [Read More]

Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Available For Public Testing

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 10:22 PM by Randall

Microsoft has made their latest beta preview build of Internet Explorer 7 available to the general public -- well, at least those of the... [Read More]

First Page 2006

Posted on Monday, January 23, 2006 at 9:08 PM by Randall

I've used one version or another of Homesite as my HTML editor of choice since about 1997. While I've tried many other editors, none... [Read More]

Weather Watcher

Posted on Friday, January 13, 2006 at 8:49 PM by Randall

I've gone through a number of programs to display the current weather over the years, but I've only recently found a program that I really... [Read More]

Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5 Released

Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 4:13 PM by Randall

Mozilla released a major update to Thunderbird, their open source email program, today. According to the Thunderbird web site, here are the major changes... [Read More]

Messenger Plus 3 for MSN Messenger

Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 10:34 PM by Randall

While I don't use Instant Messengers much (as I can't get anything done when I have one on as far too many people want to... [Read More]

Pop Peeper -- An Email Monitor

Posted on Friday, January 06, 2006 at 11:14 AM by Randall

As a webmaster with multiple domains, I get a lot of email. Unfortunately, even with server-side spam filtering, I still get email that I really... [Read More]

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