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Find and Run Robot was my clear winner
For this week's Freeware Frenzy, I have rounded up four of the big name launchers to see which reigns supreme.. For what Find and Run Robot lacks in an imaginative name, it makes up for in pure functionality. F&RR uses the "Break" key by default, as well as a system tray icon. I'll pause while you scan for the Break key, its ok; I needed a second to find mine as well. What sets F&RR apart from the pack is the simple yet effective suggestion box tweak. Each of the suggestions are numbered, so you don't need the mouse at all when your desired app is not the first selected. Just punch the number to launch whatever you like. Note that this applies to the numbers on the number pad, not the top row. There are a plethora of options to tweak F&RR, much more then any of the other programs here. As usual, you can add skins, new folders to index and edit hotkeys. You can also save search history to avoid common searches. Via the suggestion box, you can right click on results to create search rules, copy the shortcut path, explore the folder or check properties. This was the first of the group to load web pages without any weirdness. Of the four programs included in this roundup, Find and Run Robot was my clear winner. It simply did it all without any hiccups.
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PopUp Wisdom is a fun little program that lives in your system tray and will pop up with little bits of wisdom or fun quotes when you need to be inspired.

It features an attractive display (customize the appearance with different skins, or disable skinning completely!) with tons of options for how to show the quotes; you can use a timer, hotkey, or just double click the system tray icon when you want to see another quote.

You can load any number of "books" and easily enable or disable the ones you like, or even add your own.

Comes with thousands of fun quotations from the famous and not-so-famous, as well as the unique Book of Corkskrews which was exclusively donated to us for use in this program.

Some Features:

  • Smart window sizing and placement.
  • Optional skins.
  • Optional time/date display.
  • Easy to add/enable/disable multiple books.
  • Fortune-file format compatible.

Extra quote book downloads..

Extra Books for PopUp Wisdom.

Here are various free books of fortunes and quotations that we have found on the web. They are (mostly) in fortune file format, which the PopUp Wisdom program supports.

To install these books, download the zip files, and extract the .txt book file inside sirectly into your C:\Program Files\PopUpWisdom\Books directory.

Then just restart PopUp Wisdom and it will automatically discover and activate your new books (or right click and select Rescan from books list if program is already running).

FILE
QUOTES
SIZE
DESCRIPTION
bash.org
16547
1.6mb
Juvenile quotes from irc, from www.bash.org [warning: mature content].
bible
31101
1.4mb
Quotes from the King James V Bible.
comics
296
25k
Various quotations from comic books.
dictionary
5018
266k
Words with short definitions (source unknown)
doctor-who
657
34k
A collection of quotations from Doctor Who tv show.
familyguy
425
36k
Various quotations from the Family Guy TV Show.
fortunes2
11658
2.2mb
Another Traditional Unix Forune file (may be overlap with others).
fortuneit1
4768
342k
Italian Fortunes 1 (untested).
fortuneit2
710
62k
Italian Fortunes 2 (untested).
friends
165
26k
Various quotations from the TV show Friends.
futurama
341
18k
From the television show Futurama.
Helenic
4457
268k
Greek Fortune File (untested).
jargon
2269
510k
Collection of Definitions from The New Hacker's Dictionary
PraveenPriya LoveQuotes
338
41k
Collection of Love Quotes from various sources
Proverbs
599
87k
Biblical proverbs.
quotations
923
115k
AMK'S Primary Collection.
shakespeare
1231
80k
Quotations from William Shakespeare's plays.
sherlock-holmes
316
40k
Quotations from the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
taiwan1
318
39k
Taiwanese Fortunes (untested).
taiwan2
460
19k
Taiwanese Fortunes (untested).
taiwan3
212
35k
Taiwanese Fortunes (untested).
tao of war
377
25k
Quotations from The Art of War by Sun Tzu.
tvmovie
527
30k
Various quotations from TV shows and movies.
star trek
200
10k
Quotes from the original tv show Star Trek
   
All Books in One Zip File
100,000+
5.8mb
All of the above books in a single zip file
 
 

If you have other books of quotations, humour, etc. that you would like us to add - or if you'd like to donate your own book of quotes, drop us an email or post on our forum!


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