Following are links that I like and use based solely on my own personal
The Day family web site - hey, what can I say, I like it!
TV listings - provides a nice customizable list of the channels in
look up a brief description of a movie - sometime a little better than
what Jam provides.
place to buy a used laptop computer (or almost anything else under the
probably not of much interest to anyone who doesn't live in Winnipeg,
but for those of us who do it's the only paper out there.
No, it's not X rated, it's just a good place to get the rate of
exchange between Canadian and US currency - or between almost any other
This is the park that I stay in when I am down in Texas.
good place to go for shareware. They have almost all the
shareware listed and available on this site, and what's more, they scan
all the software to make sure that you aren't downloading a virus when
you download the software.
good place to look for shareware. They have a
selections of software, but like most such sites, much of it has been
uploaded by regular users and may contain viruses. For this
reason, I only use the site to look for the software and identify the
publisher. I then find the publisher's own web site to
the software. If the publisher doesn't have a web site, I
download the software. Unfortunately ZD Net only give the
publisher's name, so you have to do your own search for the web site.
It takes longer this way, but it's a lot safer.
than talk about
that everyone is familiar with, like Windows or Microsoft Office, I
want to talk about some of the lesser known software. The
is some of the software that I like, with a links so you can find it
yourself. Most of it is free. Wherever possible I
links directly back to the publisher's web site. I try to
download all my software direct from the publisher to minimize the risk
of picking up a virus.
If you have any interest in setting up
your own web site you will need editing software. Considering
my strong preference for free software, this is the best.
Core ftp lite
you have used Kompozer to create your web page(s) you will need an
(File Transfer Protocol) program to
upload them. Core ftp lite is a program that I am using
now. Note that Kompozer can
upload the pages it creates for you, which can be handy, but you will
also need an FTP program to organize the files on your site every once
in a while.
Google Chrome is an Internet Explorer alternative.
most of the program from the network so it always up-to-date and you
don't have to worry about time consuming updates.
Opera is yet another Explorer alternative. It is primarily
mobile cellular devices so it does not take a lot of disk or memory
space. It's good for a Windows PC too if you want a fast
but don't need a lot of features. I keep it on my computer
you are an author, or just someone like me who seems to end up writing
blogs and things, you should get WordWeb on your computer.
editing programs like MS Word have built in dictionaries - but they are
only for spelling. WordWeb does not do spelling, but it
quick and easy access to both a definition dictionary and a thesaurus.
In a trade off between functionality and disk space usage the
definitions are very brief, but at least it can check to make sure that
you don't just have the correct spelling but the right word as well
(ie: should it
be "there", "their" or "they're"), and the
thesaurus might even have some better alternatives. Your can
hotkey to WordWeb from anywhere on your computer. I like to
the newspaper on line, and if I encounter a word I'm not sure of,
WordWeb is there to explain it to me. Best of all
it is Canadian so you can look up either "colour" or "color" and get
the same definition but with the other alternative shown in the
thesaurus. The WordWeb Pro is about $30.00, but their
free version fits my needs.
Shrink Pic is terrific if you like to exchange photos by e-mail.
Shrink Pic usually stays dormant but aware in your system
As soon as you add a picture to an e-mail it will
intercept the picture and compress it for faster e-mailing and will
also reduce the size so that it fits better on a regular computer
screen - and it does it all without you even noticing. If you
e-mailing a picture to someone that wants to get it printed you will
have to remember to disable Shrink Pic before you send it.
if you are mostly sending pictures so that people can just see them on
their computer screen, then Shrink Pic is for you.
This program can tell you almost anything you might
know about your computer - and the personal version is free.
is a graphics program for editing photos or creating graphics.
can do most of the things that PhotoShop can, but it's free
The following are some of the freeware and shareware games that I enjoy:
is a Japanese puzzle game where you have to push a number of objects
onto a coresponding number of target locations. You cannot
the objects, you must get behind them and push them. If an
gets pushed against a wall, it can be pushed along the wall but it
cannot be pushed away from the wall unless there is an opening
somewhere so that you can get behind it. If you download the
game, it comes with the original puzzle layouts, but if you want to
branch out into new layouts you can download hundreds of different
layouts. Do a search, or download some here.
You can also dowload a multitude of different skins or
appearances for the game. You can search for skins or
I like Antique Desk the best, but I modified it a little to
it even more to my liking. You can download my modified desk
This is very similar to the Risk board game. The preceding
link is for the current version which is ShareWare. I prefer
an earlier version 3.0 which is feeware. You can download
here. One interesting aspect of the game is
that you cannot
more armies based on your number of territories on the same turn as you
launch an attack - it's one or the other! This presents a
strategic challenge of deciding whether to build up for less frequent
attacks or to attack often and hope you collect enough cards to
increase your armies.
is an arcade type game like Breakout, but it will play on any Windows
PC and it doesn't need any kind of shell to play it in. You
your mouse for all controls. It's a good game, and it's free!
Freecell is a solitaire card game. Windows includes a
Freecell game, but
Freecell Plus is a much more feature rich Shareware version that allows
you to back up an unlimited number of turns and will automatically save
a game in progress in case you have to leave and do something useful.
It also includes a few variations to the regular Freecell
I personally like the Eight Off version, but I also switch
to the regular version for some variety. Freecell Plus is
actually only one part of their complete solitaire collection of some
700 different games. You get them all if you pay the $25.00
registration fee. You may never have time to do anything
This is a two player version of Cribbage. It's not
fancy, but it allows you to play the game and it's free. You
can also get a
better free version of Crib with hints, a whole bunch of options and a
challenging opponent at Cribbage
but unfortunately its cards are too small for my liking and you can't
resize the window.
And here are three oldies that I still like to play once in a
They were developed in the old DOS (pre Windows) days, but
will run fine in the earlier version of Windows - up to Windows XP
Unfortunately, they do not run under Vista, Windows 7 or
Windows 8 or later. They are no
sold so they have basically been abandoned by the publisher and can now
to find, but because I like you I am making them available to download
This is one of the
series of Commander Keen. The earlier ones in the
series were pretty primitive, but by Commander Keen 6 it had developed
into a really fun game. You have a stun gun but there isn't
shooting, except some of the creatures take several doses.
have to explore the imaginary world, picking up extra goodies and
and finding the keys to open doors and the switches to control moving
platforms. It's something that you can play for a while, and
the game to carry on later. Save it frequently while your
so that you can retrieve it when you get killed. If you get
stumped you can still find hints and cheat codes on the internet.
Note: Use Keen6.com not Keen6.exe, but Keen6.exe
must be on
your hard drive for it to work.
Keen 5 actually came out after Keen 6 and was the last in the series.
similar to Keen 5 but perhaps with a better design. It all
place aboard an alien space station. You have to make your
from one end of the station to the other to destroy the reactor.Keen 4
This is another game in the same series.
If you like old DOS software you have to check out abandonia.com
It is old commercial software for which the copywrite has
or been cancelled. They even have a DOS Shell program here so
that you can run DOS games on any Windows system, but only in a small
window. The Keen games are not on this site because the
it legally still in force, but I am posting them anyway because the
copywrite is no longer being enforced.
is similar to abandonia.com
but it is maintained by another organization. Sometimes it
has things that abandonia.com
doesn't have or vice versa.