Have you ever had to keep pressing the space bar or Enter key to keep a program or window from closing? Most PC users have, at some point. Bet you wished there was an easier way, too. There is, and it's called Auto Keybot. This simple, portable tool can automate mouse clicks and keystrokes and send them to any window you choose. It will keep clicking or typing until you tell it to stop. It's free to try and cheap to buy, if you like it. And, since it's portable, you can take it along with you … Read more
Billard 3D is a 3D "pocket billiards" game, or what everyone knows as "pool." With a realistic game field and the capability to approach virtually any shot from any angle and hit just the right spot with just the right amount of force, the only thing that's missing is the ashtrays and cigar smoke.
Billard 3D doesn't take up much space for a 3D game, and you don't need multiple video cards to do it justice; just a decent graphics capability as well as a sound card and loudspeakers, if you want to … Read more
So, Mr. Bond, you think you have won because you have our hard drives! Your Q Branch experts will never be able to recover the data! SPECTRE wipes its data with Files Terminator, a freely available computer program; freely obtained, Mr. Bond, from the Internet!
James Bond immediately came to mind when we downloaded and opened Files Terminator and clicked the Method Deletion menu button. This free utility securely deletes files and folders using a list of algorithms that reads like a confrontation at Checkpoint Charlie: British HGM IS5, Russian GOST P50739-95, US DoD 5220.22-M(E), German VSITR, Canadian … Read more
Few things worry parents like the Internet. Kids need it for their studies (sometimes it's required) yet it often seems like they're walking to the library through the red-light district. Software programs promise to protect children from online predators, scam artists, and "adult" sites, but they're often too complicated to be effective and end up failing both to protect kids and to allow adults normal, unrestricted access. BlockSmart may be the answer to many parents' pleas. This free tool uses online resources to help parents block broad categories of sites such as gambling and pornography. … Read more
Although Microsoft Office still dominates the marketplace, there are plenty of free alternatives that do a reasonably good job of duplicating many of its features. Kingsoft Office Free comes with three programs--Writer, Spreadsheets, and Presentation--that seek to compete with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, respectively. They're not perfect, but if you're checking out free alternatives to Office, Kingsoft products are definitely worth a look.
We started with Kingsoft Writer, throwing it a challenge by attempting to open a Word document full of tables. The result was a jumble of foreign characters--not an auspicious start, especially considering the fact … Read more
Our beef with most so-called business software is that it's often poorly designed, hard to navigate, and of questionable value. If time is money, no one wants to waste time trying to figure out software that makes simple tasks much harder and more frustrating than they need to be. That's why we were pleasantly surprised by Whistler Small Business Software. This program packs an unusual number of essential business tools into an intuitive package that just about anyone can master.
The program started by having us configure our business information, and then a setup wizard walked us through … Read more
Chances are, you have all kinds of sensitive data lurking on your computer that could easily fall into the wrong hands if your machine were ever lost or stolen. Free Password Manager does much more than its name might imply. In addition to storing passwords, this simple utility can securely store all kinds of personal information, making it easy for you--but not others--to access.
The program has a simple but professional-looking interface, with a tree hierarchy down the left side that lets users organize their records in folders. The program comes with a sample database with folders for contacts, credit … Read more
PC Brother Software Administrator Free is a free utility for managing programs. It can terminate running processes, perhaps disastrously, and uninstall programs. In fact, it offers to uninstall your free programs and replace them with paid software that's every bit as good, though some of the programs it recommends are inexpensive or free. Many are expensive, though, and the download link doesn't tell you how much a program costs before installing it.
PC Brother Software Administrator Free's interface bears a family resemblance, not just to the developer's other tools but to similar freeware. It has three … Read more
Screensavers were as necessary as antivirus software when CRT monitors ruled the desktop. They kept your screen from burning in, but they also provided a way to really personalize the personal computer, which was a pretty stodgy affair at the time. Today's widescreen LCDs don't require screensavers, but they're still around. The original animated desktop display now offers sound and other multimedia features. We looked at a free screensaver that upholds this software tradition: Rainy Day Screensaver from ScreensaverGift.
Rainy Day Screensaver's installer opened our Screensaver Properties when it finished. We clicked Settings, where we could … Read more
Although many of us park our computers on a desk in our office or home, there are plenty of other environments in which they turn up. In some of these settings, such as nightclubs, theaters, planetariums, and darkened lecture halls, a bright monitor can be a distraction. PangoBright is a simple utility that makes it easy to adjust the brightness of your monitor or monitors. DJs, theater techs, presentation givers, and anyone else who operates in a dark environment and doesn't want the screen stealing the show will love PangoBright.
PangoBright requires no installation and appears as an icon … Read more