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Useful Utilities

Bandizip Bandizip is a lightweight, fast and free All-In-One Zip Archiver. The perfect replacement for the slow and outdated WinZip utility.
Sumatra PDF Reader Sumatra PDF is a free, powerful, small, portable PDF reader for Windows. Much better and faster than the bloated virus-riddled Adobe Reader.
FRHED free hex editor If you do any work with binary files you need a good hex editor. Raihan Kibria's FRHED free hex editor is brilliant. Very well constructed with options to work in hexadecimal, text or binary mode. An excellent piece of freeware.
Highlight Converts source code to formatted text with syntax highlighting. Coloured output in HTML, XHTML, RTF, TeX, LaTeX, SVG, BBCode and XML format. Supports 160 programming languages. Includes 80 colour themes.
ShareX Take a screenshot, have it uploaded and get the URL copied to your clipboard with a single hotkey. Just brilliant for getting screenshots in a variety of ways. Used to include a neat image editor, but sadly the latest versions don't - bring back the Greenshot Image Editor!
Nullsoft Scriptable Install System We use the Nullsoft Scriptable Install System (NSIS) to package and distribute all updates to our clients. Reckon on taking three or four hours to figure out how to use it. (Hint: work through the examples they provide, starting with the simplest.) Then it's just a dream to use. Highly recommended.
GUIdumpASN The GUIdumpASN application allows you to view and print a human readable version of an Abstract Syntax Notation One (ASN.1) file.

Computer Security

Firefox browser Probably the best security measure you can take is to browse the internet using the Firefox browser with the NoScript add-on activated.
Status update: We are no longer going out with Firefox. We've dumped her for her faster sister, Pale Moon, a custom-built and optimized Firefox browser for Windows. We use the Pale Moon x64 version and it works a treat.
AVG Anti-Virus system by Grisoft Grisoft offer a free version of their excellent AVG anti-virus software (just keep following the links for "Free Basic Protection" and avoid options to "Update"). They put out frequent updates. We have installed this on a variety of Windows operating systems without any problems (which is more than we can say for McAfee or Norton).
POP Peeper POP Peeper sits silently in your system tray and notifies you about new messages in any of your mailboxes. You can preview messages and delete unwanted emails before they get onto your system. Set your email client options NOT to download messages unless you click on the Send/Receive/Get Mail button. [In Thunderbird: Tools > Account Settings > Server Settings then uncheck "Check for new messages at startup" and "Check for new messages every ..."]
HijackThis A free utility which quickly scans your Windows computer to find settings that may have been changed by spyware, malware or other unwanted programs. For expert users only. (Note: download this from sourceforge, not from anywhere else.)
CCleaner CCleaner is a freeware PC optimization tool. It combines a system cleaner that removes unused and temporary files from your system and also a fully featured registry cleaner. The underlying software appears reliable but be careful following links on their site that suggest you "may need a tune up".
SMTP2Go We used to highly recommend smtp2go.com as an outgoing mail server to avoid your ISP redirecting or blocking your emails. However smtp2go.com were recently hacked (September 2016) - their internal security was inadequate - and all our email addresses in their database were given out to spammers.

Windows

Agent Ransack The free Agent Ransack tool helps you find files and information on your hard drive quickly and efficiently. Much better than the Microsoft search tool. The latest version will work on 64-bit machines. We love this tool.
IrfanView Irfan Skiljan's wonderful freeware viewer for just about any sort of graphic or media file.
VLC Media Player Do you hate Windows Media Player and all its unwanted "protection" and its rights to destroy your computer if it does not agree with what you are doing? (If you didn't realise this, read the license conditions; you agreed to them.) As an alternative, use the VLC media player - a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.
WinDirStat WinDirStat is a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool for Microsoft Windows. Find out which files and directories are taking up the most space on your hard drive. Has a brilliant visual display.
Process Explorer Mark Russinovich's Process Explorer shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded. Shows much more than the standard Windows Task Manager, including services that may have been added by a virus
Speccy Priform's free Speccy is an advanced System Information tool for your PC. Use it to find out what's inside your computer.
FileMenu Tools FileMenu Tools by LopeSoft allows you to customise the context menu of Windows Explorer. Get rid of all those annoying options when you right-click on a file. Plus lots of handy utilities.
Path Editor Fed up trying to edit your PATH environment using the standard Windows Environment Variables menu (if you can find it). Use the free, open-source Path Editor program instead. Thanks to "masoomshaikh". Just perfect.
Default Programs Editor Default Programs Editor makes it easy to fix file association settings in Windows, including context menu items, icons, and descriptions.
Image Resizer for Windows Image Resizer for Windows allows you to right-click on one or more image files in Windows Explorer to resize them (like you used to be able to do in Windows XP).

MS Access and VB6/VBA Programming

Dev Ashish's Access Web Page Probably the best Access resource around. FAQs, code, utilities, add-ins and lots of tips, plus a comprehensive set of links to other resources on Access.
VBnet Visual Basic Developers Resource Centre Enhanced functionality using the win32 api for intermediate and advanced visual basic developers using 'VBClassic' (not VB.NET). If you need to call something using the Win32 API, it's probably here.
Karl E. Peterson's Classic VB Code Maybe Classic VB wasn't so bad after all... Especially Karl's list about how VFred (aka VB.NET) totally breaks most existing VB code.
Allen Browne's tips for Access users A great set of tips for Access users, especially the Tips for Serious Users and the Pop-up Calendar.
Tips from the FMS Team A mixture of Access, VB, and other tricks and tips. Includes what to do with the Error 49 Bad DLL calling convention error in your Access database.
ADO Connections Carl Prothman's collection of ADO and ADO.NET connection strings. Samples for OLE DB Providers, .NET Data Providers, and ODBC Drivers, both DSN and DSN-Less.
Trigeminal Software Michael Kaplan's site with utilities, components and tools. A bit dated now but includes free code to recover the database password from any Jet 3.x/3.5x database.
Jenda Krynicky's Regex Control If you want to use Regular expressions (Regex) in your VBA code or use a better interface than the messy Microsoft VBScript Regular Expressions object, try using Jenda Krynicky's Jenda.Rex Active-X DLL. We have used this in Access projects to do some really hairy stuff with large input data and frightful expressions. We love it.
FreeWheel mouse wheel support Does your wheel mouse not work in VB6 or VBA? You've tried downloading the latest Intellipoint software and it still doesn't work? Try installing Jim Barry's FreeWheel software. Works on both Windows 9X and NT+. We use it on 64-bit Windows 7.
Erlang A book on the functional programming language Erlang Programming by our friend Simon Thompson, who also writes on Haskell: The Craft of Functional Programming.

Perl and Web Programming

DWIM Perl "Do What I Mean, Perl" (DWIM Perl) by Gabor Szabo contains the standard Perl distribution and all the CPAN modules you'll ever need. A perfect free replacement for ActiveState Perl on Microsoft Windows.
Perl for beginners A good simple introduction for beginners on learning Perl and CGI.
Robert's Perl Tutorial The best tutorial on Perl we've found. Aimed at Win32 users, but it's nearly all usable on Unix systems.
Rex Swain's HTMLified Perl 5 Reference Guide A superbly short and handy version of the Perl 5 Desktop Reference by Johan Vromans converted to HTML by Rex Swain.
BigNoseBird free CGI scripts, HTML tips and more A fantastic resource for free Perl scripts, the key elements of HTML, troubleshooting, and other HOWTOs. A must if you have your own web site.
CGI Resource Index Even more free scripts and tips on managing a web site.
Javascript Reference Full reference manual to JavaScript from Mozilla.

Web Site Construction

Web Design Group This must be the best free resource on web design on the net. Full HTML help and reference, free HTML Validator and cascading style sheet checker, web authoring references, tools, style guides, FAQ, links, ...
Web site hosting We use FutureQuest Professional Web Hosting Services to host our web sites.

Other Links

Nannup Caravan Park Here's to Ton and Jo at Nannup Caravan Park on the banks of the Blackwood River in southwest WA. Good luck with the new web site.

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This page last updated: 17 October 2017