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Ultimate Fantasy Football Site Guide

According to this article from PC Magazine, Fantasy Football is the most popular game on the Internet with 15 million or so players. Most of them do not pay a dime to play either as they use the basic (aka free) version of Fantasy Football sites. This PC Magazine article goes on to review the major Fantasy Football sites. If you are thinking about setting up or participating in a Fantasy Football league this fall, you'll want to read this article now.

Article: The Ultimate Fantasy Football User Guide

MathCast -- Free Equation Editor (Discovery)

If you have to edit mathematical equations for homework, papers, or web pages, MathCast may the program for you. It is a freeware, standards-based equation editor that supports popular word processors as well as XML in web pages.

Here are some of MathCast's features from the MathCast web site:

* Works with popular word processors such as MS Word and OpenOffice.org Writer, allowing you to integrate mathematics into written documents of any type: equation sheets, lab reports, study guides, and so on. You can also use the equations in posters and presentations.

Outlook Calendar on the Desktp (Discovery)

If you use Microsoft Outlook 2000 SR-1 or higher, Outlook on the Desktop will put the Outlook Calendering System on your desktop. It's not just a picture of the calendar, it's the Outlook Calendar so you get all of its functionality. You can edit entries, drag and drop files to it, etc. If you live in the Outlook Calendar as many people do, you will want to take a look at this application.

Is Your PC a Zombie? (Tip)

PC Advisor has just published an article suggesting ways to check if your PC is infected with "Zombie software" that allows others to control your computer and use it to send out Spam or to attack other computers. Unfortunately, there are no surefire ways to check according to the article, but there are things you can do.  And there are things your ISP could do, if only they would.

Read the article: Find out if your PC is a zombie

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Tunestor -- Down Music from Internet to IPod in Just Two Clicks (Discovery)

I don't have an Ipod, but Tunstor looks like a great program for those who do. It lets you right click on an mp3 file download link on the web, select "Download Directly to iTunes" and Tunestor automates everything: "it automatically downloads the file to its music folder and adds it to the Tunestor playlist in iTunes. When you connect your iPod to your computer, all the music downloaded in this playlist will automatically get copied to your iPod!" This sounds like it would be a lot faster than manually downloading a file to a folder and then adding it to iTunes.

Ashampoo ClipFinder -- Find and Download Onlive Video

Ashampoo ClipFinder is a freeware program that lets you search online video portals like Youtube by keywords and view and/or download the videos it finds. Most programs for video downloading are browser addins that allow you to try to save the video playing on a page you are viewing. ClipFinder takes a different approach. It searches video sites for videos managing a search term and allows you to view and/or download one or more of the videos it finds.

FairUse4WM Updated!

This thread on the Doom9 Forum is reporting that Fairuse4WM, a program that removes copy protection from purchased Windows Media files so they can be used on devices not approved my Microsoft, has been updated to work with Microsoft DRM up to version 11.0.6000.6324. While Microsoft apparently hates this program and it probably violates the DCMA, it restores ones ability to use one's music on the player of one's choice.

LaptopAlarm -- Protect Your Laptop (Discovery)

LaptopAlarm is a simple program that will make your laptop sound an alarm if someone tries to log off, shut it down, disconnect the power, or disconnect the mouse. While it is probably not going to stop a determined thief, it might deter someone who sees your laptop alone in the library when you stepped away for a few moments to find another book or talk to a friend.

Operating System: Windows
Price: Free
Web Site: http://www.syfer.nl/

IndieVolume -- Per Application Volume Control

One of the nicer features of Windows Vista is independent volume control for every application. IndieVolume brings this feature to Windows XP (also ME, 2000, and 2003) -- and apparently has done so for several years. This program is payware, unlike most of the programs I review, but it provides a unique feature that I haven't seen in any freeware application.

Safarp -- A Fast Uninstaller for 2K/XP (Discovery)

If you have ever used Add-Remove Programs on a computer well-stocked with software, you know that it can take forever and a day to load the list of installed software. Safarp loads blazingly fast and, according to the Safarp web site, has a number of extra features:

* Search function
* Obsolete list entries removal
* Export program list to a file (HTML, RTF, CSV...)
* New report templates can be written to export to other file formats
* Accessibility via the Control Panel (optional)
* Option to hide the Windows hotfixes

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