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Official Announcements / Re: January 2008 Software Drawing Winners
« on: January 27, 2008, 09:13 AM »
As one of the happy winners of a My Life Organized license, my sincere thanks to mouser, cthorpe, and TaskMan (MLO developer Andrey Tkachuk). This is very cool and much appreciated. Of course, now there's additional pressure to get my unruly life in some kind of order . . .


ProcessTamer / Re: Process Tamer gets rave review
« on: April 11, 2007, 11:19 AM »
Again, my apologies. The URL is for the current month's issue and, as of 11:00am on April 11, it hasn't been updated yet. So, you can either check the link in a day or two or subscribe to the newsletter. I get the paid version, but I'm quite sure the Process Tamer review appears in the free version as well. Sorry for the confusion. My enthusiasm made me do it.


ProcessTamer / Re: Process Tamer gets rave review
« on: April 11, 2007, 09:03 AM »
Sorry, I had originally pasted the URL for paid subscribers. I've modified the original post.

ProcessTamer / Process Tamer gets rave review
« on: April 11, 2007, 08:00 AM »
Mouser's Process Tamer is Freebie of the Month in Gizmo's Support Alert Newsletter - Issue 144, 12th April, 2007.

You can read Gizmo's glowing review here (roughly between April 15 and May 15):

Note that the above URL is time-sensitive, i.e., it displays the current month's issue.  I would recommend subscribing to the Support Alert Newsletter. There's a free version and a paid version.

Gizmo also has very nice things to say about the whole DonationCoder concept: "It's a clever and ethical way to encourage users to recognize the work done by freeware authors and I support it fully. I donated generously and I hope you do too."


Zotero goes beyond Scrapbook, Google Notebook, and similar add-ons by allowing the user to capture, add, edit, import, and export (in APA, MLA, or Chicago styles) detailed bibliographic information for web sites, books, journal articles, etc.  In addition to adding your own notes (which you can do with ScrapBook and Google Notebook), Zotero also allows you to add attachments, descriptive tags, and links to related items.

It's a new beta release, so there are some bugs, but it sure looks like it's going to be a valuable tool with capabilities that go well beyond extensions that merely allow you to collect snippets and make notes.


Zotero is an amazing new bibliographic reference manager. Calling it an "extension" doesn't do it justice. It behaves like a full-fledged application within Firefox. If you're a student, academician, researcher or writer, you really should check this out. If you've been saving for Endnote or RefWorks, you can probably spend that money on something else.

From the web site at
"Zotero is a free, easy-to-use research tool that helps you gather and organize resources (whether bibliography or the full text of articles), and then lets you to annotate, organize, and share the results of your research. It includes the best parts of older reference manager software (like EndNote)—the ability to store full reference information in author, title, and publication fields and to export that as formatted references—and the best parts of modern software such as or iTunes, like the ability to sort, tag, and search in advanced ways. Using its unique ability to sense when you are viewing a book, article, or other resource on the web, Zotero will—on many major research sites—find and automatically save the full reference information for you in the correct fields."

Note that Zotero requires Firefox 2.0.


Shrink Pic is free, fast, and automatic. If you don't need to tweak or see previews, this may be all you need to quickly email photos at appropriately reduced file sizes.


Living Room / Support Alert Newsletter recommends DonationCoder
« on: April 19, 2006, 01:15 PM »
There's a nice plug for DC in the current issue (#132, April 20, 2006) of Gizmo Richards' Support Alert Newsletter. (If you're interested, subscription info is available at http://www.techsuppo...subscribers_area.htm)

Under the "Top Tech Sites and Resources" heading, there is this blurb:
1.8 Lots of Clever Free Utilities

The Donation Coder site is offering hundreds of free utilities all full-featured with no nag screens. They use a novel licensing system: you have to register to get a free license key which allows you to download any number of programs on the site. This key lasts six months after which you must return to the site to download another free license key. After a year you are given a permanent license. Alternatively, you can make a once-up donation of any size and get a permanent key straight away. It's a clever and ethical way to encourage users to recognize the work done by freeware authors and I support it fully. The quality of the utility programs offered is very high and a number are unique in what they do. Highly recommended.

Preaching to the choir here, of course, but maybe it will produce some new visitors and members.


Find And Run Robot / Re: A unified FARR / Launcher Interface Proposal
« on: February 01, 2006, 07:16 PM »
Oh, yeah! This is a great idea. I hope Mouser agrees.


I currently use PS Hot Launch ( ), which is not strictly speaking a launch bar, but a fully customizable and freeware menu program that sits in the System Tray and effectively replaces the Start Menu and Quick Launch. In addition to listing and grouping applications as you like, you can do the same with documents, folders, web pages, and email addresses. Configuration is easy with drag and drop. 

I should mention that since I've started using Find & Run Robot, I use PS Hot Launch more for inventory, categorization, and memory-jogging purposes than for actually launching programs. F&RR has also replaced AppRocket and SlickRun on my system. What a fantastic program! Really looking forward to v.2, mouser.


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