Kairos Computer Solutions:
Favorite Programs

Below is a compilation of some of my favorite and most-used programs for a wide variety of tasks.

I built a quick PHP+MySQL application to record and present this information. This is a work in process. It has some neat features including:

  • If the graphic has the name of the product, it does not print the text description of the product name.
  • If there is no graphic, it just prints the name of the product.
  • It includes a switch to turn the display of products on or off. This is handy for the products for which I am a beta-tester. I can have the product entered and ready for display. When the product is ready for release, I can turn on the display. Check back for upcoming new product announcements!

 

ProgramCompanyOperating SystemCostLicenseComments
NoteTab ProFookes Software Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP/Vista
Linux with WINE
$29.95 Shareware. Programmable Text Editor. This web site is developed with NoteTab Pro. I use this tool every day for anything that requires a text editor, from taking notes to building websites. There is also a free version, NoteTab Light, and a more advanced version, NoteTab Standard, that costs $19.95. See my NoteTab pages for my clips and scripts. Also runs on thumb drives.
Easy Thumbnails
Easy Thumbnails
Fookes Software Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP/Vista
Linux with WINE
Free Shareware. Create accurate thumbnail images and scaled-down/up copies from a wide range of popular picture formats.
This program installs in WINE on Linux and successfully re-sized the sample image.
Easy Imager
Easy Imager
Fookes Software Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP/Vista
Linux with WINE
$34.95 Shareware. Powerful application that makes it easy to display, manage, and batch-process images in all popular formats, and produce photo albums to suit every browser.
Installs and builds album from sample pictures.
Check for updates will not launch browser or email program.
Album Express
Album Express
Fookes Software Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP/Vista$24.95 Shareware. Great tool for creating slick, professional-looking picture albums for home, friends and the Web.
Installs on Linux, but crashes when the program starts. Not sure if this is something WINE can eventually handle or not.
Mailbag Assistant
Mailbag Assistant
Fookes Software Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP/Vista
Linux with WINE
$39.95 Shareware. E-mail organizer that complements your mail program and offers powerful tools to search, sort, export, extract information, and archive your messages.
Installs and creates mbg, eml, and generic mail boxes and can read them from sample mail.
Check for updates will not launch browser or email program.
Minor errors at launch and exit of program.
InSightdataomega Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP/Vista$49.95 Shareware A text editor and personal information manager with innovative, powerful features, InSight can also be an excellent tool for system maintenance, or as an Internet link manager, a multiple Clipboard capturing utility, and many more uses.
COMODO Internet SecurityComodo Security Solutions, Inc Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/VistaFree Free for all uses. Software Firewall.
Mozilla ThunderbirdMozilla Foundation Windows/Linux/Unix/MacFree GPL Email Program. Free and Open Source. There are versions for nearly any operating system. There is also a portable version for thumb drives.
Mozilla FirefoxMozilla Foundation Windows/Linux/Unix/MacFree GPL Web Browser. Free and Open Source. There are versions for nearly any operating system. There is also a portable version for thumb drives.
Aid4Mail
Aid4Mail
Fookes Software Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP/Vistastarts at $24.95 Shareware. Archives, converts, exports, and migrates all your important emails. Comes in Stamdard, Professional, and Enterprise editions.
Open OfficeOpenOffice.org Windows/Linux/Unix/MacFree LGPL and SISSL Free and Open Source programs that can replace MS-Officeâ„¢. Free for all uses. There are versions for nearly any operating system. It can save documents directly to PDF. There is also a portable version for thumb drives.
Spybot Search and Destroy
Spybot Search and Destroy
Safer Networking Ltd. Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/VistaFree DPL Spybot - Search & Destroy can detect and remove spyware of different kinds from your computer. Spyware is a relatively new kind of threat that common anti-virus applications do not yet cover.
MalwarebytesMalwarebytes Corporation Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/VistaFree Freeware Scan and Remove Malicious Software.
SyncBack
SyncBack
2BrightSparks Pte Ltd Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/VistaFree & $15.00 Shareware Helps you backup, synchronise, and restore your files to the same drive, a different drive or medium (CDRW, CompactFlash, etc), an FTP server, a Network, or Zip archive.
CSE HTML ValidatorAI Internet Solutions Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/VistaFree & $69.00 and up Shareware Powerful, easy to use, user configurable, and all-in-one HTML, XHTML, CSS, link, spelling, and accessibility checker This program integrates with NoteTab and other editors.
TopStyle CSS EditorBradbury Software Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/VistaFree & $79.95 Shareware Program to simplify generating StyleSheets and more. This program integrates with NoteTab.
Installs on WINE, but errors out when starts up. This may be something that future versions of WINE or the real Windows option may resolve.
CSVedSam Francke Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/VistaFree Freeware Editor for csv files, delete,add and insert items. Delete and add columns and rearrange the column order, column search, Column sort and more ...
NTREGOPT
NTREGOPT
Lars Hederer Windows NT/2000/XPFree Freeware Registry Optimizer.
ERUNT Lars Hederer Windows NT/2000/XPFree Freeware Registry backup.
PageDefragSysinternals Windows NT/2000/XPFree ?? Pagefile Optimizer. Sysinternals was purchased by Microsoft, but all of their utilities are still available.
FileZilla. Windows/Linux/Unix/Mac/and othersFree GPL FileZilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface.
FavToolMicrosoft Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XPFree Freeware Convert Internet Explorer Favorites to Netscape/Mozilla Bookmarks.
StingerMcAfee Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XPFree ?? Quick Anti-Virus Scanner of the most common viruses and trojans.
Xenu Link SleuthTilman Hausherr Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP/Vista
Linux with WINE
Free Freeware Find broken links on web sites.
Installs and runs on WINE, but has issues with checking external sites and stopping threads. This is written with MS-C++ with heavy use of MS-specific features. This would explain part of its odd behavior on Linux. Perhaps something WINE or configuration of WINE can resolve.
RASPPOERobert Schlabbach Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XPFree Freeware Enable non-Windows XP systems to connect to DSL providers with PPOE connections. PPP over Ethernet Protocol.
KeePass
KeePass
KeePass Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP/Vista
Linux with WINE
Free Freeware Password storage for all your passwords.
Installs and runs flawlessly on WINE. It successfully reads the same data file from Windows. KeePass is a free/open-source password manager or safe which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key-disk. So you only have to remember one single master password or insert the key-disk to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES and Twofish). There is also a portable version for thumb drives.
7-zipIgor Pavlov Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP/Vista
Linux with WINE
Free GPL File compression and decompression utility. Command line version runs on Linux (WINE). There is also a portable version for thumb drives.
PidginPidgin Windows/Linux/Unix/MacFree GPL Pidgin is a GTK2-based instant messenger application. It supports multiple protocols via modules, including AIM, ICQ, Jabber/XMPP, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, QQ, Lotus Sametime, SILC, SIMPLE, MySpaceIM, and Zephyr.
Allows sign-in to multiple accounts and multiple services. No need for multiple IM programs.
TightVNC. Windows/Linux/Unix/MacFree GPL Remote PC Management via modem, network, internet. TightVNC supports file transfer. TightVNC is a free remote control software package derived from the popular VNC software. With TightVNC, you can see the desktop of a remote machine and control it with your local mouse and keyboard, just like you would do it sitting in the front of that computer.
TidyDave Raggett Windows/Linux/Unix/MacFree GPL Command line HTML validator.
LifeLines
LifeLines
LifeLines Windows/Linux/Unix/MacFree GPL Genealogy program with powerful reporting language. Works great on a USB thumb drive on Windows.
Linux - Operating System
Linux - Operating System
. LinuxFree GPL Unix-based operating system. Debian-based Knoppix CD is great for testing hardware for Linux compatibility and troubleshooting.
I have used:
Red Hat Fedora Core 3 & 4.
Slackware 10, 11, & 12.
Debian Etch.
Apache Web ServerApache Windows/Linux/Unix/MacFree GPL Web Server.
MySQLMySQL Windows/Linux/Unix/MacFree GPL SQL Database.
PHPPHP Windows/Linux/Unix/MacFree GPL Web scripting and programming language.
PerlPerl Windows/Linux/Unix/MacFree GPL Web scripting and programming language.
BitTorrentBram Cohen Windows/Linux/Unix/MacFree MIT License Utility for sharing and downloading large files, such as ISOs for Linux distributions. The bandwidth is broken up into small pieces to download a large file in many simultaneous streams. One CD, such as the Knoppix distribution, can be downloaded in a little over an hour for 700 MB.
ISO Recorder Power ToyAlex Feinman Windows XP/Windows 2003Free Freeware Great utility for burning ISO images to CD without the need for expensive programs. If you want to try out a Linux Live CD, such as Knoppix, this will let you download the ISO and record it all on a Windows PC.
It has a companion command-line utility CreateCD.
Vim (vi improved)Vim MultipleFree Charityware Vim is an improved version of the standard vi text editor from Unix. Vim is the default editor on many Linux distributions. It has a steep learning curve, but it has a lot of power should one choose to learn beyond the basics.
JKDefragJeroen Kessels Windows NT/2000/XP/2003Free GPL Disk defragment and optimize utility for Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista/X64. Completely automatic and very easy to use, fast, low overhead, with several optimization strategies, and can handle floppies and USB disks/sticks.
. Does a much better job than the build-in Windows Defragmenter.

Number of Products = 40.

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