Here is a quick list of the free programs you can download from this site:
AccessOpener is a utility that
allows you to open your Access files with the correct program version.
Zippy Backup Assist is a utility that
allows you to repair, compact and zip your Access data files easily.
SMSQ is a freeware software application that allows you to send and receive SMS messages
from an Access database, using a standard GSM modem.
Access Runtime Tester is a utility
that is part of the installation procedure for Miami applications. The install procedure is completely new, using Inno Setup.
Hunter-Killer is a utility that
allows you to delete old unwanted files automatically.
Drive Catalogue program for
keeping tabs of files on CDs and other removable media.
MyMail.ocx is a utility that
allows you to send emails from within Microsoft Access.
Copy Mail is a utility that
allows you to send files from the Windows Command Prompt or batch files to an email address.
Disk Filler utility to use up space on your hard drive.
MouseWheel library to allow
Access users to use their mouse wheel in a helpful way.
Shut Down Windows is a
utility that allows you to terminate applications before doing a shutdown or restart in Windows 98.
Data Mover is a utility
that is used to process, convert or synchronise application data.
BOFHerrorMsg function to generate random error messages for your amusement, based on the "Bastard DIY Excuse Board".
You may use them without registration or payment, provided that you don't sell them or make them available for download from elsewhere. Please contact the author (see details below) if there are any support issues or suggestions.
WinAmp: (freeware) plays most of the media files on my PC
WinZip 9: (shareware) the best ZIP file program, but I won't be spending more money for version 11. See 7Zip.
Zippy: (myware) makes backups of my work. Has saved me days of lost work over the years.
Programs I'm Really Glad I Bought
Every now and then I buy a program that works so well I want to tell others about it.
Remote Aministrator is so much part of my day that I'm not sure how I would operate on our network without it. And it makes tech support of remote machines a breeze, and its file copying capability makes network shares look clumsy and insecure. It is certainly worth the US$35 that I paid for my copy, especially as the upgrade now works with Windows Vista. Blog entry on Radmin and Hamachi, and Logmein, its cousin.
EditPad Pro: a really useful plain text editor. I use it all day, every day. Only US$ 39.95*. There is also a freeware version called EditPad Lite.
SpamEater Pro: The best way to filter junk mail that arrives in your mailbox. Only US$24.95. If you want a great service to pre-filter your mail, use spamcop.net, but you have to pay for it and change your email address to something ending with @spamcop.net
NOD32: The best antivirus program for 3 reasons: (a) No one ever heard of it so the virus writers haven't started attacking it; (b) It is very fast, even on a slow Windows 98 PC; and (c) It catches *all* the viruses and has a very efficient and sane update facility. It is affordable and available in South Africa from www.nod32.co.za.
Audible.com Audio Books: This is a web site that allows you to purchase and download audio books. If you get a monthly subscription they work out much cheaper than buying the books from iTunes or elsewhere. You can burn the titles to CD, listen to them on an iPod (mine is an iPod Shuffle 512MB) or play them on your computer. Blog entries: Rediscover the magic of books, convert them to MP3, and get the best news from BBC Newshour.
PerfectDisk: The most effective disk defragmenting program you can buy. Forget about Diskeeper (been there, done that) and the built-in Microsoft defragmenter: when your hard drive gets full or cluttered then you need PerfectDisk to sort it out. It also has a command line interface, which is great for batch files. US$39.95 for a single user, US$239.99 for the server version.
It works great on Windows 2000, XP and Vista. I am using JKDefrag a lot more than PerfectDisk, because it's free, quick and thorough. It has replaced PD in the batch file that does a complete defrag of my entire hard drive.
Recommended Free or Shareware Stuff
There are some indispensable tools that I'd like to recommend, and that I use. All of them are free unless otherwise noted:
Online Malware Scan: upload a suspicious file to this service and it checks it with 20 different virus scanners. Awesome!
JkDefrag: a truly useful free disk defrag utility. I have used Inno Setup to create an install program for Version 3.8, and another one that includes 2 SysInternals utilities as well, and a GUI program.
Ad-Aware: detects and removes spyware from your PC. (not to be confused with "adware")*
Plaxo: Keeps your email contact details up to date. A brilliant add-in for Outlook or Outlook Express, as well as an on-line version.
PKZipC (pkzc400s.exe): fast command line version of PKzip to use with Zippy. US$ 29
7-Zip: a freeware version of ZIP and UNZIP that works extremely well. Supports any other file formats as well.
DS Clock: really cool chimes, and synchronises your PC time with accurate time sources. Not necessary on WindowsXP but the chimes are great.*
Skype: much better than MSN Messenger, and does voice properly.*
Acrobat Reader: enables you to read and print the PDF files on this site and elsewhere. There is an Archive page for older versions.*
FireFox: the only alternative browser to IE that I am prepared to install or use.* It's not perfect, but it is a pleasant change. Some useful extensions to add in are: Adblock, Adblock Filterset.G Updater, Image Zoom, Google Toolbar for Firefox, IE View, IE Tab, Tabbrowser preferences, Print Preview, Tabbrowser Preferences, Sage, DownThemAll, Disable Targets for Downloads, PDF Downloads, Forecastfox, and Fasterfox.
FMS Power Pack 8.0
for Access97. If you haven't got it already, download it now. FMS is one of the leading Access development companies,
and their products are world class. Their web site also has useful resources, links, and utilities.
WinAmp is the only audio player I have found that actually plays low-bitrate MP3 files without chopping off the last part of the file. And it does Audio and Video extremely well. There is a free version and a paid version.
PerfOptXP is a utility that allows you to tweak some settings in Windows so the memory utilisation is a bit better. It was written, but no longer distributed or supported, by WM Software, but you can download it here (5,097,929 bytes).