technofile  by al fasoldt
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Technofile downloads, batch files and technical references
Revised Aug. 23, 1998

You can download some of the files I write about quickly and easily by choosing the links listed here. You'll also find files in each group that I haven't mentioned in my newspaper columns. I've added them because they could be of interest to readers and non-readers alike. You'll notice a heavy bent toward Microsoft's Windows 95 here, largely because of my own tastes. Please don't flame me with arguments about PCs vs. Macs.

 

Windows 95 updates links from Microsoft

 

Batch file project: Programming examples and useful DOS batch files 

  

MPEG Layer 3 audio samples 

 

Windows 95 interface enhancements 

  

Bug fixes for Windows 95 

 

What's in Windows 98?

 

Tips and help for Windows 95 users

 

Excellent file-and-e-mail find applets for Windows 95 users

 

At last, a worthwhile Windows 95 cache manager for Netscape and Internet Explorer

 

Long-filename support for File Manager in Windows 95

 

Replacements for Notepad in Windows 95

 

Fancier icons in Windows 95

 

A much-needed (and free) enhancement for HyperTerminal

 

Powerful, no-cost image-manipulation tools designed for Windows 95

 

A simple and powerful privacy tool for Windows 95

 

File-transfer (ftp) programs for Windows PCs and Macs

Using a Web browser to shuttle files from one computer to another is a waste, especially since any good ftp program can do the same thing faster while taking up a lot less memory. If you haven't used ftp, now's the time to learn it. You'll be glad you did.

 

Alternative news servers for all users

I'm often asked if I have a list of news servers that allow anyone to log on and download Usenet news feeds. I have something even better. Here are two links that provide updated lists of free news servers. The first is a list of servers rated by speed (in table form, so don't use this link if your browser is old), and the second is the NewzBot home page, where you'll find more links and information about free servers.

 

Windows 95 utilities

Symentec, parent of the Norton series of utilities for Windows, has trial versions of its software. Take a look, but don't forget to note the download file size! Choose this link to go to the Symantec Trialware page.


 

Enhancements for Windows 95's Exchange e-mail

Exchange is the e-mail-and-fax program that is built into Windows 95. It's wonderful and terrible. (Only Microsoft knows how to get those two features into the same program.) Do yourself a favor and fix it. First, get the updated version of Exchange from Microsoft. (This link is a long list of Windows updates, so make a shortcut to it and save it!)

 

Personal Information Managers for Windows 95

 

3D screen savers for Windows 95

Microsoft did the right thing by making sure old Windows 3.1 screen savers would work under Windows 95. But if you're using one of those tired old Win 3.1 screen savers or if you have collected a few boring Windows 95 screen savers, you need to get your PC a life.

 

Best graphics display utility for Windows 95

 

An image cataloging system you won't want to be without

 

Screen capture utility for Windows 95

 

Fun stuff for Windows 95


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