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#241 March 1, 2019 from
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Ah the accouterments of age. I've just made an appointment
with the VA hospital to have both a colonoscopy and an
endoscopy. They've assured me they won't use the same
camera for both. File that under 'small consolation'.
Oh well, being alive and subjected to medical indignities
still beats the alternative.

Off we go...


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I recently went through my past collection of costless
Windows applications and was surprised to find a fair
number of them are still out there and are being kept
comparatively up-to-date. I'll give you list of them
but first I'm going to list some of the best software
available for any computer (Windows, Linux and/or, in
most cases, Mac). These applications are pretty much
the best of the best.

Free and Open Source image editor that compares very
favorably with Photoshop (which is neither). The Gimp
is awesome.

VLC is a free and Open Source multimedia player and
framework that plays most multimedia files as well as
DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.

LibreOffice is a free and Open Source office suite
containing direct analogs to all the apps found
in Microsoft Office.

Your web browser is arguably the most important single
application on your computer. There are several free
and Open Source web browsers available.
Sea Monkey:
Pale Moon:


The following apps aren't all Open Source but they are
costless and have been around for a while.

A handy file converter.

Shisen is a tile matching game that uses majhong tiles.
This Java version will run on just about any computer.

FamlyGames has a small collection of costless games for
Windows users.

Open Source 7zip is probably the best file compressor that
money can't buy. https//

Two useful but not fancy mp3 tools.

Open Source Audacity is a wonderful multi-platform,
multi-track audio editor and recorder.

Once upon a time, many years ago, I couldn't afford
MS Word and Wordpad just wasn't good enough I discovered
Open Source AbiWord. It's still a good word app.

Karen Kenworthy wrote for Windows Magazine and
for almost a decade, then spent the next decade writing 30+
useful windows applications (which she called Power Tools)
and sending 148 issues of her accompanying newsletter. She
also did custom programming and worked on websites. Karen
died on April 12th, 2011 but her newsletter is still being
published by programmer Joe Winett who is also updating and
maintaining her collection of Power Tools.

A good costless app for burning CD and DVD disks.

An excellent costless and versatile web browser.

Anyone who misses Outlook Express or just wants a way to
organize several different email accounts in one app needs
to look no further than Open Source Thunderbird.

Pixia is a sophisticated, costless digital art app.

A nice screen capture/record app for Windows.

A very powerful source code editor.

NoteTab is an awesome text and HTML editor that I used to
write this ezine and design my website in the days when I
was still using Windows. It's the one app I missed badly
after switching to Linux. I purchased both the Standard and
Professional versions to try them but the costless Light
version was the one I liked best.

In my Windows days there were two costless image editors
which I loved and used regularly. They're both still around
and both are still awesome.

I have a friend who loves his digital camera but hasn't the
faintest interest in using any sort of image editor. He had
some good pictures that needed editing but there was no way
to get around his aversion to image editing software.
It took me a while but I found the perfect tool for him.
Digital Camera Enhancer from MediaChance gave him a one
click fix for most of his pictures and it's costless.

Several of the apps offered by MemeCode are without cost.

Arachnophilia is a costless text, HTML and programming code
editor that was written entirely in Java. I've never figured
out the connection between spiders and text editing but it's
a good editor.


125 years of Kodak moments.

The Corinthians (a kodachrome slide show). (

A lot of really awesome women.

I ran across this while doing some research on DIY water
wells. It's not an option for us because we live on the
Llano Uplift (basically a giant rock pile) but it is an
option in some places and seems pretty cool.


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It's a great big wonderful world and the internet makes
it even more so. Thank you for subscribing and thereby
participating in our adventure. :)

Wishing you love, luck, health and happiness.

See you next time.

Don Crowder
Friday, March 1, 2019 12:10 AM
Buchanan Lake Village
served by the US Post Office in
Tow (rhymes with cow), Texas


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