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Utilities I've Known:

7-Zip
http://www.7-zip.org/

Zipper/Unzipper.

The screenshot at left shows how to extract multiple zip files at once.

AceMoney Lite

http://www.mechcad.net/- products/acemoney/index_lite.shtml

Money management
Audacity

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

Audio editor

record any audio from your computer.

AVG Free Edition

http://free.avg.com/

Free anti-virus and anti-spyware software recommended by pcworld.com and Kim Komando.

Offline AVG installer is here.
Offline AVG updates are here.

 
Catch-a-Call
A device for dialup users...

It's a little box that you plug into your phone and modem.
It is a hardware alternative to internet answering machine software like Callwave.

If you get a phone call when you're online, the box squeals.
Then you can pick up the phone that it's connected to or you can ignore it and stay online.

Radio Shack has them. You have to buy call forwarding from your phone company for Catch-a-Call to work.

Circus Fish screen saver
CIRCFISH.ZIP
76.9 KB
Citrus Alarm Clock
citrus_setup.exe
511 KB

Earl Office Assistant
earl.exe
2.25 MB

Office Assistant for Microsoft Office 97 (works with later versions?).
Exact Audio Copy

http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/en/

CD ripper and .WAV editor.

Audacity is a better audio editor.

I only use EAC for CD ripping.

EAC creates big temp files and undo files in WAV editor mode. It normally deletes them, but if EAC crashes while editting they won't be deleted. If EAC crashes or you're running out of diskspace, type "eac" in Window's find dialog and sort the results by size to see if there's any temp files that weren't deleted.

Desktop Themes
THEMES.EXE
96.0 KB

Save/restore sounds, wallpaper, desktop, etc. configuration(s).

I think this comes with win98 (Start > Settings > Control Panel > Desktop Themes), but I couldn't find mine.

F1 Office Assistant
Robot.exe
2.07 MB

Office Assistant for Microsoft Office 97 (works with later versions?).

Firefox

http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/

Alternative browser to Internet Explorer
Faster.
Safer.

If Firefox doesn't do what you want, check here for add-ons.
<-- My add-ons can be seen in the bottom screenshot to the left.

HHD Health
hddh.exe
879 KB

http://panterasoft.com/hdd-health/

Continually monitors your hard drive to predict when it will fail.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_pro/

Free anti-malware software.

The free version doesn't have realtime protection.

PC Inspector smart recovery
pci_us_smartrecovery.exe
6.08 MB

http://www.pcinspector.de/- SmartRecovery/info.htm?language=1

Free data recovery software for digital cameras.

I accidentally formatted a 2GB SD card in my Panasonic DMC-FZ5.
smart recovery recovered 1,128 images.
Rejoice with me.

SpywareBlaster

http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html

Keeps you from getting spyware, malware, etc.
Stamina Typing Tutor
StaminaTypingTutor25_free.exe
1.33 MB

http://typingsoft.com/- stamina.htm

The Phrases mode has dirty jokes and such...location after installation = Data \ phrases.en. Try Mode> Other modes> Choose an external file as an alternative to Phrases mode.

Trans Text
trtext.exe
756 KB

Make the space around your icon text transparent.

For Windows 95/98.

Tweak UI Powertoy
TweakUiPowertoySetup.exe
146 KB

http://www.microsoft.com/- windowsxp/downloads/- powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx

Focus  -  Prevent applications from stealing focus.
Autoplay  -  Disable autoplay on drives of your choice.
Thumbnail view  -  Change thumbnail size in Windows Explorer thumbnail view.
Shortcuts  -  Disable "Shortcut to..." prefix when you make shortcuts.
Alt + Tab  -  Set # of rows & columns for the Alt + Tab popup.

Version 2.10 (This is the version at chiptape.com) requires Windows XP Service Pack 1 or Windows Server 2003
 
Windows 95 Font Smoothing
w95gray.exe
173 KB

Makes fonts more legible on your screen...Useful in Acrobat Reader, Internet Explorer, word processor...

For Windows 95.

I don't think you need this in Windows 98. (Start > Settings > Control Panel > Display > Effects > Smooth edges of screen fonts") is probably the same as what Windows 95 Font Smoothing does.

XnView

http://www.xnview.com/

Browse thumbnails of your images.
Opens anything.
YouTube Downloader
http://keepvid.com/

You enter the YouTube address and it finds download links for the video.
Then you can download them with your browser or download manager.

If you use Firefox, try the DownloadHelper add-on.

Utilities Sites:

http://www.download.com
http://www.pcworld.com/category/software/
http://downloads.zdnet.com/
http://www.newfreeware.com


mark@chiptape.com