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Another replacement for the Windows time app. This one is an analog representation that floats on the desktop.
This little gem lets you synchronize your computer time with a publicly available atomic clock. It can even be set up to do this automatically every time you boot up.
You can tweak all kinds of Windows settings like mouse and desktop features, Add/Remove list, boot features, etc.
This compression/decompression program is compatible with Zip files. Open source.
If you are a programmer, you'll love this little utility. It compares two files and reports on the lines that are different. Very nice and complete comparison.
This is a limited version of the WS_FTP program that allows you to FTP files directly to servers. It is free for government employees, noncommercial home users, and members of educational institutions.
This is another FTP program that rivals WS_FTP. Open source.
This is a pretty powerful graphic viewer. It's quick and easy to use.
This is a pretty powerful graphic viewer that has some editing capabilities. Nice thumbnails. 5 stars.
Best free email client.
These are full office suites that are compatible with MS Office.
Best free replacements for Windows Explorer.
This is a nifty program that emulates stick-on notes. You click on the program icon and type in your note. You can set an alarm reminder on a note.
This is a free program that will search your system for any 'spyware' that may be keeping track of your browsing. It alerts you to the presence of these programs and then will delete them, if you decide to do so.
This program is a small, no-frills, but totally free and totally useful CD player.
This is a great, free audio editing and recording program. You can use it to rip CD's.
is a free media player. Excellent.
This free program will display the names of the fonts that are used in the documents on your system. It will display a sample of all of the fonts installed on your system. It will help you delete the fonts that you aren't using.
The best alternative browser to Firefox, in my humble opinion (IMHO).
This is the updated Netscape browser and email client that still includes a great HTML editor (Composer). Open source.
Best of breed.
A free program that controls which programs start when you boot up.
is a free alternative to the Notepad that comes with Windows.
are free PDF creators.
is a free pdf reader. Much smaller footprint than the Adobe reader.
cleans out the accumulated crap and browser debris on your PC and also cleans up the registry.
This is a nice little freebie that gives you some more options for customizing your cursor. Includes animations and cursor control options.


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