- ChoiceMail One: I haven't had a single piece of spam since I started using ChoiceMail from DigiPortal software. It's almost eerie when your inbox is all signal and no noise. I paid $30 for the software. Now that I know how well it works, I'd pay $100 for it. Must have.
- Buy.com: I really owe the venture capitalists that funded this site a big "thank you" for subsidizing my purchase of cameras, computer peripherals, CDs, etc.
- C|Net's Shopper.com: A visit to this site is a must before any major consumer electronics or PC/peripherals purchase. First, use the user reviews to find the best product, then use the price comparison to find the lowest price. The user reviews are extraordinarily reliable indicators of quality and reliability. In my experience, any product with a thumb's up rating over 90 percent is an excellent, reliable product. The price comparisons are an easy way to find the lowest price on the Web. Just remember to click on the “Price” column so that you'll see the lowest price first. If you don't sort by price, the list is sorted by kickback: the amount of money individual sites pay to be listed first.
- Popup Stopper: This tray-resident utility prevents those annoying pop-up ads from launching. Worth its weight in petabytes.
- GoBack: This tray-resident utility allows you to revert your system to the way it was before it got hosed (or before you accidentally nuked the file you were working on). This program has rescued me from a non-booting system and lost files more times than I can count. It works so well that Microsoft incorporated it into Windows Me and XP.
- VisualRoute: perhaps the coolest single program on the Web. It shows you on a map of the world the exact route your data are taking to individual web sites, along with every intermediate point, the latency of each midpoint, and the ISP for each. Unbelievably cool.
- Zone Alarm: absolutely the best software firewall available, and it's FREE. This is a must-have if you've got an always-on broadband connection (e.g., DSL or cable modem).
- Yodlee: this Web application has the potential to be the best I've ever used. Yodlee lets you access ALL of your financial accounts, including checking, 401K, IRA, stock brokerage, savings, etc. from one place, then presents a consolidated financial picture of all of your different accounts on a single web page. Also, you can display all your online bills from different vendors, and all of it is downloadable to the Palm.
- My bookmark file: very useful with folders and diverse topics and links.
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