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In This Issue:

1)... Editor's Greeting

2)... Best New Free Microsoft Office Training & Tutorial Sites

3)... The Best New Free Training Sites for Flash, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, FrontPage, & other Adobe / Macromedia Applications

4)... Best New Free Web Development Training Sites

5)... Best New Free Windows, Linux, Hardware & Computer Training

6)... Software, Office and Computer Sites Worth Mentioning

7)... Question of the Month about Software Training

8)... Please Support Our Computer Training Mission

 



1) Editor's Greeting:

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Here is our July 2008 issue (#51) of our Free monthly Newsletter for EducationOnlineForComputers.com, giving you the most current Free online Microsoft Office and Web Development Software Training and Tutorial Resources that we have recently discovered and researched. This newsletter is free to anyone subscribing (instructions at bottom, no username/password is needed). To access our member site, however, you do need a user name and password - registering as a member of EducationOnlineForComputers.com costs only $14 for two months, for more information please see Become a Member of EducationOnlineForComputers.com.

My desire is that these free resources will help you with your computer education and training and will help you advance your career. Our main mission is the training of those less fortunate who are seeking to become computer literate, from a user's perspective.

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2) The Best New Free Microsoft Office Training & Tutorial Sites:

This section of our newsletter contains the best new Free Microsoft Office training and tutorial sites that we have found and researched in the last few weeks. 

 

TrainingByEmail

Visit TrainingByEmail to receive Free Training for Word, Excel, Outlook, C#, ASP.Net, and SQL via your email every week! We will send out a new training in the topic of your choosing every week. You can then save this, print it out, or delete it all at your convenience. And you can't beat the price, FREE!

 



Free Courseware for Microsoft Office

Rai OpenCourseware offers freely available course content, or courseware, which is literally a "treasure trove of knowledge and related resources".  Their Computing Courses provide higher education and learning for Information Technology to all students and professionals who like to study and learn on their own. Educational institutions can also use this free course content.

Here is Rai OpenCourseware's Microsoft Office Training, that will teach you several important features of using Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access. These free Office training modules are well illustrated and provide step-by-step instructions for using these applications. The course modules are in pdf format and are also available here, here, and here.


Basic Concepts Of Computers
 - Computer Organisation
 - Operating System
 - Microsoft Office Overview
 - Introduction Word Processing

Getting Started With Microsot Word
 - Formatting Paragraphs
 - Styles
 - Tables
 - Macros
 - Mail Merge

Introduction To Microsoft PowerPoint
 - Adding Content
 - Color Scheme
 - Master Slides

Introduction To Microsoft Excel
 - Formulas and functions
 - Charts
 - Paper properties and printing

Microsoft Access
 - Table Relationships
 - Queries
 - Forms
 - Reports
 - Importing, Exporting, Linking

 



60 Free Word 2007 Tutorial Videos

Here are 60 Free Word 2007 Tutorial Videos (in Flash  format) from Officesessions.com. These are excellent training modules for learning these features and tasks in Word 2007, including editing the fonts, creating a chart, adding clipart, creating headers and footers, home tab, insert tab, mailing tab, paragraph alignment, updating themes, using the thesaurus, add comments, tracking changes, adding graphics, creating tables, updating the style, performing a spell check, encrypting a document, creating bookmarks, make columns, and using watermarks.


Word 2007 Video Tutorials:

1. About the Add-Ins Tab
2. How to Change the Background Color
3. How to Make Font Bold
4. How to Change the Font
5. How to Change the Font Size
6. How to Create a Chart
7. How to Add Clipart
8. How to Change The Text Color
9. How to Create a Document Compatible with Microsoft Word 97-2003
10. How to Copy Text
11. How to Create a New Document
12. How to Cut Text
13. How to Create a Footer
14. How to Create a Header
15. About the Home Tab
16. About the Insert Tab
17. Intro to Microsoft Word 2007
18. How to Put Words in Italics
19. How to Left Justify, Right Justify, and Center
20. About the Mailings Tab
21. How to Insert Page Numbers
22. How to Insert Text Boxes
23. How to Change the Page Color
24. How to Change Themes
25. How to View the Word Count
26. How to Use The Thesaurus
27. How to Translate Text
28. How to Add a Comment
29. How to Track Changes
30. How to Use the Research Function
31. How to Open a Document
32. How to Change the Page Layout
33. How to Paste Text
34. How to Add a Picture
35. How to Print a Document
36. How to Do a Print Preview
37. How to Do a Quick Print
38. About the References Tab
39. About the Review Tab
40. How to Edit the Ribbon
41. How to Save a Document
42. How to Save a Document Compatible with Word 97-2007
43. How to Do a Spell Check
44. How to Change the Style
45. How to Create a Table
46. How to Save a Document as a Template
47. How to Underline Text
48. About the View Tab
49. How to Zoom
50. How to Modify Word Properties
51. How to Inspect a Document
52. How to Mark a Document as Final
53. How to Encrypt a Document
54. How to Turn Marked as Final Off
55. How to Create a Bookmark
56. How to Go to a Bookmark
57. How to Use Symbols
58. How to Make Columns
59. How to Change Orientation
60. How to Use a Watermark

 



Word Tips and Tutorials


Here are several Word Tips, Techniques and Tutorials, from 599cd.com. These learning pages will assist you in becoming a better and more effective Word user in the following areas: Mail Merge, Document Columns, Styles, Headers and Footers, Clipart, Tables, Date codes, and Images. 


Word Tips and Techniques:

How to use Mail Merge

How to use Columns properly
How to use Styles to format your document
How to Cut, Copy, and Paste with Word
How to make a Header and Footer
How do I insert Clipart into my documents?
Laying Out Your Page with Tables
Inserting Automatic Date Codes in Word Documents
Formatting a Section of your Document with Columns
Inserting a Horizontal Line in your documents
Stop Pictures Moving Around on the Page
Making Word NOT automatically create hyperlinks
Changing Word's Startup Documents Folder

Word Tutorial Articles:

Word: Different Headers & Footers

Word: Mail Merge Question
Free Word Mail Merge Video Tutorial

 



78 Free Excel 2007 Tutorial Videos

Here are 78 Free Excel 2007 Tutorial Videos (in Flash  format) from Officesessions.com. These are well done training tutorials for the following functionality in Excel 2007: Add-Ins Tab, Data Tab, Formulas Tab, Home Tab, Insert Tab, View Tab, Inspect and Encrypt the worksheet, Edit Fonts, Formta Cells, Find and Replace, Spell Check, Using the Thesaurus, Protect Sheets and Workbooks, Insert Pictures, Insert Clipart, Insert Shapes, Create Charts, Create Headers and Footers, Update the Theme, Display Sum of Cells, Change the Background, Undo and Redo, and the Quick Access Bar..


Excel 2007 Video Tutorials:

1.About the Add-Ins Tab
2. About the Data Tab
3. How to Delete a Cell
4. How to Delete a Column
5. How to Delete a Row
6. About the Formulas Tab
7. About the Home Tab
8. About the Insert Tab
9. How to Create a Document
10. How to Open a Document
11. About the Page Layout Tab
12. How to Print a Document
13. How to Use the Print Preview
14. How to Use the Quick Print
15. About the Review Tab
16. How to Save a Document
17. How to Use the Save As
18. How to Save as a Binary Document
19. How to Save for Excel 97-2003
20. How to Save as a Macro-Enabled
21. About the View Tab
22. Properties
23. Inspect Document
24. Encrypt Document
25. Mark as Final
26. Turn Mark as Final Off
27. Run Compatibility Checker
28. Change Font
29. Change Font Size
30. How to Put Text in Italics
31. How to Bold Text
32. How to Underline Text
33. How to Change the Text Color
34. How to Change the Cell Color
35. How to Center, Left or Right Justify
36. How to Change a Cell to Dollars
37. How to Change a Cell to Other Currencies
38. How to Put a Cell Into Percentage
39. How to Increase Decimal Places
40. How to Find Something On the Sheet
41. How to Replace Found Text
42. How to Use the Autosum Feature
43. How to Cut Something
44. How to Paste Something
45. How to Use the Spell Check
46. How to Use the Research Function
47. How to Use the Thesaurus
48. How to Use the Translate Function
49. How to Protect a Sheet
40. How to Create a Table
51. How to Zoom In/Out
52. How to Insert a Picture
53. How to Insert Clipart
54. How to Insert Shapes
55. How to Insert Smart Art
56. How to Create a Column Chart
57. How to Create a Line Chart
58. How to Create a Pie Chart
59. How to Create a Bar Chart
60. How to Create a Scatter Chart
61. How to Create a Area Chart
62. How to Add Hyperlinks
63. How to Insert a Text Box
64. How to Create a Header
65. How to Create a Footer
66. How to Insert Word Art
67. How to Insert a Object
68. How to Decrease Decimal Places
69. Into to Excel
70. How to Copy Something
71. How to Change the Theme
72. How to Display Sum of Cells
73. How to Change the Background
74. How to Protect a Workbook
75. How to Add a Sheet
76. How to Use the Undo Function
77. How to Use the Redo Function
78. About the Quick Access Bar

 



12 Excel Tips and Articles

Here are 12 Excel Tips and Learning Articles, from 599cd.com, that will help you learn the the following Excel functionality: VLOOKUP / HLOOKUP Functions, IF Function, Autosum Button, Sorting, Working with Dates and Times, String Concatenation, and a Button to Change Values. 


6 Excel Tips:

Using VLOOKUP / HLOOKUP to find a value
Using the IF function to calculate sales tax
Dealing with ZIP codes that start with zero
Autosum Button not always working
Sorting Data in Excel 


6 Excel Learning Articles:

Excel: Separating Time & Date
Excel: Aged Accounts Receivable
Excel: Days Between Dates
Excel: String Concatenation
Excel: Button to Change Value
Excel VLOOKUP Function

 



PowerPoint Tutorials from the University of California

Here are several excellent PowerPoint Training Tutorials from the University of California. These will show and teach you how to use many features of PowerPoint, as shown and linked to below. The first document is a comprehensive PowerPoint Guide with 9 screen video tutorials. This free training document will take you through practices and recommendations for creating and using PowerPoint presentations. This tutorial guide was created using PowerPoint XP and 2003, but many of the specific instructions are also applicable to version 2000. The remaining PowerPoint tutorials are available in several formats: .doc, .pdf, and video.

 



Inserting Video Into PowerPoint Presentations

Here is a quick 2-page PowerPoint tutorial that explains How to Insert Video into your PowerPoint Presentation. It is provided by the Center for Educational Technology at Emory University, which provides informational software tutorials to assist faculty, students, and staff. To include video files in Powerpoint you must have them in a digital video file format. Although Powerpoint claims to support various dv formats, .avi files are the most reliable when playing on PCs. This 9-step PowerPoint tutorial is in pdf format and is 256kb in size.

 



Tips and Articles for Microsoft Access

Here are several informative, free Access Tips, Techniques, and Articles for Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Microsoft Access users, from 599cd.com, which is a fee-based training site. These will help you learn how to use many important features and functions of Access so you can manage and present your data more efficiently. Some of these include: Parameter Queries, Forms Control, Calculated Query Fields, Time/Date Differences, Update Queries, Working with Relational Tables, Aggregate Queries, Using Two Combo Boxes, the DLookup Function, the IIF Function, and Many-to-Many Relationships.


Beginner Access Tips:
Creating a Parameter Query
String Concatenation
Different Form Controls for Gathering User Input
Calculated Query Fields
Form Control Wizards Not Starting

Intermediate Access Tips:
Number of Months Alive
Form Footer Totals
Time/Date Differences
Building an Update Query
Using a Relational Combo Box
Making Relational Tables
Getting Query Criteria from a Form
Creating an Aggregate Query

Advanced Access Tips:
Using MsgBox and vbYes to Close a Form
Breaking Up Text Strings
Incrementing Your Own Counter
AfterUpdate Event
Two Combo Boxes
Using the DLOOKUP Function
Using the IIF Function
Prevent Duplicate Values on Multiple Fields
Resize a Form using VBA Code


Access Learning Articles:
Access Tip: MsgBox with vbYes
Access: Removing THE From Title Sorts
Access: Next Business Day
Access: Reading Outlook Calendar Data
Access: Recordset, File I/O Example
Access: Many-To-Many Relationships
Access: Checking a Sequence of Numbers
Access: Daylight Savings Time
Access: Recordsets & Inventory
Access: Calculate 2nd Monday in January

 



Free Desktop Publishing Course

Here is Rai OpenCourseware's Desktop Publishing Training, that will teach you important publishing features and tasks of Word, PowerPoint, Pagemaker. These free desktop publishing training tutorials are well illustrated and provide step-by-step instructions for using these applications. They are also available here, here, here, and here.


Desktop Publishing: An Introduction
 - Principles Of Layout And Design
 - Grids And Columns Layout
 - Creating, Saving, Navigating And Viewing A Word Document
 - Working With Multiple Documents,Windows And Text
 - Correcting Spelling And Grammer, Using Theasurus And Symbols
 - File Management And Advanced Printing Options
 - Quiz
 - Assignment


Learning About Powerpoint

 - Identifying Toolbars
 - Creating Custom Design Templates
 - Creating Bulleted Lists
 - Drawing Objects
 - Using Images And Other "Clip Art"
 - Animating The Presentation-I
 - Animating The Presentation-II
 - Giving An On Screen Presentation
 - Introduction To Photoshop Interface
 - Earse Tools, Paint, Gradient,Transformation
 - House Styles- Styles Guide & Typeface
 - Styles Guide- Headlines & Fonts
 - Projects


Introduction To Pagemaker

 - Pagemaker Toolbox
 - Laying Out A Pagemaker Document
 - Working With Text
 - Working With Text Exercises
 - Working With Graphic Objects
 - Using The Story Editor
 - Working With Multiple Pages
 - Quiz
 - DTP- Quiz

 

   


 

3) The Best New Free Training Sites for Flash, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, FrontPage, and other Adobe and Macromedia Applications


Flash MX Tutorials and Lessons

Here are some excellent Flash MX Tutorials and Lessons, hosted by the University of Tennessee of one of their web development courses. Most of the features demonstrated and taught by these tutorials are also applicable to later versions of Flash.


Flash MX Lessons
(2.0mb, unzips to Lessons folder)

In the Lessons folder, after unzipping lessons.zip, go to the Lessons folder to access the following Flash Lessons, in .swf format:
 - Getting Started with Flash
 - Illustrating in Flash
 - Adding and Editing Text
 - Creating and Editing Symbols
 - Understanding Layers
 - Creating Tweened Animation
 - Creating Buttons
 - For Director Users
 - For FreeHand and Illustrator Users
 - For Fireworks and Photoshop Users


Flash MX Tutorial
(3.7mb, unzips to pdf 4.3mb file, 90 pages)
Also, here are the Tutorial Files for this Flash Tutorial pdf document (11.3mb, unzips to Tutorials folder)

Chapter 1:
  Introduction to Flash MX Tutorial
  What you should know
  View the completed movie
  Analyze the stiletto.fla file
  Define properties for a new document and create a gradient background
  Create and mask vector art
  Tween bitmap effects within a movie clip
  Load dynamic text at runtime
  Add animation and navigation to buttons
  Add streaming and event sounds
  Organize your Library panel
  Test download performance and publish the movie
  The next steps

Chapter 2:
  Introduction to ActionScript Tutorial
  View a completed movie
  Initialize the movie
  Save and retrieve information
  Display information in a dynamic text box
  Write an expression
  Control the flow of the movie
  Create commands and reuse code
  Use a built-in object
  Test the movie
  The next steps

Chapter 3:
  Introduction to Components Tutorial
  Types of components
  View the completed form
  Create a form
  The next steps

 



8 Flash Tutorials from Newtutorials

Here are 8 well done, illustrated Adobe Flash Tutorials from newtutorials.com. These show and teach several Flash features that you should have in your Flash skills repertoire. Flash gives web designers the ability to bring together video, text, audio, and graphics into compelling and interactive experiences that communicate and impart knowledge more effectively..

 



12 Flash Tutorials from senocular.com


Here are 12 nice Flash Tutorials from senocular.com. These will show you how to use several Flash features, and also teach you how to script using Actionscript 3. Featrues demonstrated include the Drawing API, Button Events, Preloading, Transformation Matrix, Depths, the Color Object, Listeners and AsBroadcaster, and Date countdown.

 



Photoshop Tutorials from the University of California

Here are several well written Photoshop Training Tutorials from the University of California. These will show you how to use what the author considers the most useful and straight-forward Photoshop techniques for creating, preparing, and fixing images for web pages. They do not go into details about pixels, resolution, and color management.


Adobe Photoshop Tutorial  (9 pages, 1.26mb, pdf format)
Photoshop Elements Tutorial  (9 pages, 852kb, pdf format)

Contents for both of these tutorials:
  I. Introduction
  II. Finding images
  III. To start this tutorial
  IV. Important Help
  V. Preparing digital images for website posting
  VI. Adding text
  VII. Improving appearance of graphs and figures
  VIII. Final image format

 



29 Photoshop Video Tutorials from graphicssoft.about.com

Here are 29 very good Photoshop Video Tutorials, from graphicssoft.about.com, that will teach you several important tools and techniques in Adobe Photoshop. Using these videos, you'll learn Photoshop features and tools for editing and touching up your photos, designing original art work, and creating a variety of effects. A written transcript of each Photoshop tutorial is also available for offline learning.

 



Dreamweaver Tutorials from the University of California

Using Dreamweaver, you can create, view, and organize an entire web site. Although it is possible to start constructing a web site by composing individual pages, it is best to define and set up the general site structure ahead of time. Here are several excellent Dreamweaver Training Tutorials from the University of California. These will show and teach you how to use Dreamweaver's features to set-up and create a web site, along with preparing images for it.

Dreamweaver Tutorial
This 38-page, 5-part tutorial guides you through the process of creating a web site with Dreamweaver MX 2004. (38 pages, 2.9mb, pdf format)

   



4) The Best New Free Web Development Training Sites



Web Design Articles and Tutorials from Wpdfd.com

Wpdfd.com, Webpage Design for Designers, provides some of the best written Web Design Articles and Tutorials on the web today. Here are all of their web development topics, in  alphabetical order. These cover many areas of web design and development, take a look at the linked list below to find what you are looking to learn more about.

 



Free Internet and Website Management Course

Rai OpenCourseware offers freely available course content, or courseware, which is literally a "treasure trove of knowledge and related resources".  Their Computing Courses provide higher education and learning for Information Technology to all students and professionals who like to study and learn on their own. Educational institutions can also use this free course content.

Here is Rai OpenCourseware's Internet and Website Management Course, that will teach and show you how to use many Internet and Web development technologies, including HTML, Java, Java Servlets, Cookies, DHTML, CSS, VBScript, JavaScript, Perl, XML, software configuration, and website management. These free website application development training tutorial lessons are well illustrated and provide step-by-step instructions for using the Internet technologies and web programming tools and languages being taught. The course tutorials are in pdf format.

 



Free Internet Technologies Course

Here is the Internet Technologies Course from Rai OpenCourseware. The tutorials and lessons in this course review and cover serveral important Internet and Web development technologies, including networking and internetworking, OSI, TCP-IP, Internet Hubs and Bridges, Internet Routers, HTML, Java, Java AWT, Java Servlets, DHTML, and VB Script. These free Internet and Web training lessons are well illustrated and provide step-by-step instructions. The course tutorial lessons are in pdf format.

 



2 Web Design and Development Training Guides

Here are two Web Design and Development Learning Guides hosted by the University of California. The first is a nice 73-page guide covering web design and usability. The second one is a 3-part HTML basics tutorial that will help you get started with developing a web site.


Web Design and Usability Guidelines
This 73-page pdf document is an excellent comprehensive Web Design Guide that will help you accurately design your website. (2.35mb)

 - Design Process
 - Design Considerations
 - Content and Content Organization
 - Titles and Headings
 - Page Length
 - Page Layout
 - Font and Text Size
 - Reading and Scanning
 - Links
 - Graphics
 - Search
 - Navigation
 - Software and Hardware
 - Accessibility


Elementary HTML Tutorial - Part 1
Elementary HTML Tutorial - Part 2
Elementary HTML Tutorial - Part 3
 

 

 





5) The Best New Free Windows, Linux, Hardware and General Computer Training Sites



Windows XP Tricks, Tips, and Tweaks

These tutorials from tutorial-net.blogspot.com will help you use Windows XP more effectively. Also take a look at their other page giving you more Windows XP Help and Tips.

 



Course Lectures for "Inside the PC"


PC Architecture:  | Lecture 1  | Lecture 2  | Lecture 3  | Lecture 4  | Lecture 5  | Lecture 6

Motherboards, CUPs, and RAM:  Lecture 8  | Lecture 9  | Lecture 10  | Lecture 11  | Lecture 12

Disk Drive Storage: | Lecture 13  | Lecture 14  | Lecture 15  | Lecture 16  | Lecture 17  | Lecture 18

Printers: | Lecture 19  | Lecture 20  | Lecture 21  | Lecture 22  | Lecture 23

Upgrading PC Components: | Lecture 24  | Lecture 25  | Lecture 26  | Lecture 27

Optimizing PC Performance, Preventative Maintenance and Safety: | Lecture 28  | Lecture 29  | Lecture 30  | Lecture 31

 



3 Windows XP eBooks

Here are 3 Windows XP ebooks you can download. To access this site, yyou may need to click on yes to a security setting popup.

Windows XP and Office 2003 Keyboard Shortcuts eBook
(Windows help format - chm)

Windows XP Registry Guide eBook
(pdf format)

Configuring and Troubleshooting Windows XP Professional
(pdf format)

 



Getting Started with Windows XP Professional 

This manual is designed to provide you with a basic overview of the Windows XP Professional operating system. It provides valuable lessons in file management, navigation, shortcuts, and overal functionality.   (pdf format, 883kb)



 

 




6) Software, Office and Computer Sites and Downloads Worth Mentioning

The following programs are totally Free, no popups, no adware, no spyware, and no shareware.



Harddisk Search and Stats


Harddisk Search and Stats is a file and disk search engine for your PC, that scans your drives or folders for files that contain one or more specified keywords. It then presents you with a list of files found, as well as statistics for keyword occurrence in each file and more. You can open the file and the built-in viewer can jump directly to the first location of the keyword. Features include recursive searches, file extension filters, wildcard support.

 



GeoHTML

Create interactive image maps with GeoHTML. This program has more features than most other image mappers out there. It comes with HTML source view, real time preview, and a large selection of attributes that can be assigned to the selected areas.

 



AscToTab

AscToTab converts plain or tab-delimited text tables into HTML or RTF tables. For plain text files AscToTab will attempt to automatically determine how many columns the table has, determine the default alignment of each column, which rows are header rows, spot entries that span several columns, spot entries that span several rows. You can specify th BORDER, WIDTH, CELLPADDING and CELLSPACING attributes as well as several other HTML properties. In addition, you can output to RTF, process tab-delimited files and color odd and even rows of the table differently.

 



MovieSnapshot

MovieSnapshot allows you to easily grab a frame from a video file and save it as JPEG image. Just drag and drop any movie file onto the MovieSnapshot interface, select the frame to grab and click the save button. The program supports all installed DirectShow video and audio codecs.

 



ScrollBar

ScrollBar is a tool for web designers, allows you to generate CSS code to colorize the scrollbar in Internet Explorer. It comes with several color schemes included, that can be customized to match your design, or you create schemes from scratch and save them for later. It comes with a built-in color picker to pick a color from anywhere on your screen, a real-time preview that allows you view the scrollbar, as well as an additional background and sample text. The complete code can be copied to the clipboard, to be inserted into your web page.

 



DupKiller

DupKiller helps you find duplicate files on your computer, that may be scattered across multiple folders or hard drives. It scans all selected drives, and presents you with a list of duplicates, organized in individual groups, and you can decide which files to delete. The standard scan process which considers the file size, date and name for a match is very fast and will accurately detect most duplicate files. For increased accuracy, you can choose content matching, which will take longer but is highly reliable since it compares duplicate files byte by byte.

 

 




7) Question of the Month about Software Training:

Each month Jeff Love will answer a current or important question that we have received about computer and software training.


July 2008 Question of the Month: 

What are some of the "best of the best" freeware software applications available on the web today?


Answer:

Scott Dunn over at Windowssecrets.com has reviewed and writes about the software apps that were rated as the best freeware by four other sites: 25 Free Downloads You Need Now from Computer Shopper, 101 Fantastic Freebies from PC World, The Best Free Software from PC Magazine, and the 46 Best-ever Freeware Utilities from Tech Support Alert. He compares these lists and finds that there are nine applications that were endorsed by at three or more of these software reviews. Here they are:

 Avira AntiVir Personal - Anti-virus scanning in real time, incuding rootkits.

Comodo Firewall Pro - More tough and robust that the firewalls that come with Windows XP or Vista.

TrueCrypt - Allows you to encrypted your files in Windows Explorer and other file managers.

CCleaner -  Cleans your drives by deleting unneeded temp files, cookies, browsing history, recent-document lists, log files, etc.

Lightning for Thunderbird - color="black"> size="2"> face="Arial,Sans-serif">A calendar and to-do list plug-in for Thunderbird Email from Mozilla.

Foxit Reader - Firefox add-in for viewing, printing, and annotating PDF documents.

Audacity - A great audio editor that supports .mp3, .wav, and other popular audio formats.

Wavosaur - Another fine audio editor that supports many popular audio formats.

Pidgin - Allows you to IM your friends and co-workers using AIM, Yahoo, Windows Live Messenger, and 12 other chat networks.



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