First are several sites of broad general use for finding information and utilities:
- InfoWorld's Web Site -- great source for latest PC news
- PC Magazine -- with lots of utilities
- Windows95.com -- great source of Win95
- Will-Harris House: everything you every
wanted to know about fonts
Next are the sites for several programs that I use on a regular basis and can
recommend (in no particular order). KEYWORDS: recommendations, review, software, shareware
- Shortcut is a belated
addition here, but probably the single most useful Windows 95 utility of which I
know. It allows you to click the right button and copy, cut or paste in edit boxes
that usually don't allow it. Highly recommended, and it's free.
- EndNote Plus Add-in for WinWord -- wonderful for
- Command Line Utility for Win95 -- handy (there are several similar
utilities out there; I chose this one, but now it seems to have disappeared from the Web.
However, I've put a copy on my ftp site and that's what you'll get if you click
- Second Nature -- great downloadable screen
- WinZip -- Best Zip utility for Win/Win95
- Firas El-Hasan's Win95 Shareware --
HotCorners for your Screen Saver
- Programmers' File Editor (PFE) for Windows
-- a handy ASCII file editor with configurable keys, freeware
- ClipMate for Windows - Windows Clipboard Enhancement
- McAfee -- source of ViruScan and WebScan
WARNING about WebScan: once you've put it on your system, it's almost impossible to get
off. If the Uninstall routine won't work (as mine won't) then DON'T try deleting the
files. Because WebScan persuades Win95 that NO Windows program should be able to run
without WebScan. And so if you remove WebScan, NOT A SINGLE WINDOWS PROGRAM WILL RUN!!!!!
Gak, it's as bad as having a virus on your system. And if you already use Pegasus for your
email program,, you're better off without WebScan. Because, if you use WebScan, you're
locked into the version of Pegasus bundled with WebScan. And if you run Pegasus
independently, you can upgrade as soon as a new version is out. And David Harris is adding
new features to Pegasus all the time.
- Pegasus: free, super-great SMTP/POP mail
(Which is better. pay for Eudora or get Pegasus for free? Dunno. Eudora is easier to
learn, Pegasus has more features, both are good. I like Pegasus.)
- EZ-Desk: save desktop icon setup as you
change resolutions (shareware)
- I got an update of Myst to work with Win95-- the old version wouldn't work (cost me $15
for the new CD-ROM). Since Myst insists on being in 256-color, 640x480 pixel mode, the new
version automatically switches from my usual 1024x768 mode to 640x480 on entering the
game, and then switches back on exiting. Fine, but it compresses all my destop icons (a
lot) into the space of a 640x480 screen -- and doesn't restore them on exit. Hrrmmph. So I
asked Broderbund tech support, and they said tough. I searched on my own and found the
above shareware EZ-Desk that solves the problem. I emailed Broderbund tech support and
suggested they post a pointer to EZ-Desk rather than saying the problem is insoluble.
Here's the reply:
- Unfortunately, I cannot recommend software from other sources as technical
solutions unless instructed to do so by my superiors. I have not been instructed to refer
customers to "EZ-Desk" at this time. Your message has been forwarded to my
department manager for review.
- So, hrrmmph again; bureacracy at its finest. So, I'm posting this here so others
can find it because Broderbund can't get their collective thumb out of . . . I mean, get
their act together.
KEYWORDS: Myst; screen resolution; icons; save.
- I wish I could put up a shareware Win95 file manager, too... the Explorer isn't bad, but
not perfect, either. I've played with several, but none has the power or flexibility of an
old shareware DOS file manager that I still use:
is, simply, the most powerful file manager ever made. It doesn't support long file
names, or drag-and-drop, and it hasn't been updated in many years. But it's still
indispensable for the power user. In addition to all the usual file management features,
copying and editing and viewing and zipping and such with just a keypress or two, it can
- * sort by size, date, name, extension (and invert with a single keypress)
- * tag duplicates, or only newer matching files (an invert tags with a keypress)
- * masking by 8.3 filename specification (e.g., foo*.bar)
- * copy only newer matching files
- * enter new directory by a single keypress and typing the path
- * protect, unprotect, hide, and unhide by keypress
- * "backup" (copy only newer tagged files)
- * copy and delete tree branches
Ah! Good news! Ken Flee has resurfaced, and has produced a Windows version of QFILER. At
present, it only supports a fraction of the functionality of the old DOS version, but I
certainly hope Ken will work on upgrading it. I just sent him some $ for
registrations in the hope this will spur him to put some time in on it.
- I used to use it with the MS-DOS 7 Intersvr program to connect my laptop and desktop
computers via a parallel cable that hangs off my desktop's LPT2: port. Later, I used the
Win95 direct cable connection feature.
- Which is a bear to set up. If you want to connect two computers with it, AND you like to
use TCP/IP for an internet connection, expect it to be slow at logging in, and often
saying "can't find the host computer" and demanding that you type in the name.
Don't waste $35 for priority support calling MickeySoft for tech support like I did.
Though they charged me $35 and wasted two hours of my time, the end result was "well,
we never expected people to want to connect to the Internet and another computer
both." I'm not talking about doing both at the same time,'cause that's impossible,
but using the Internet via TCP/IP from a computer that also uses Direct Cable Connection
I finally switched to LapLink, which is a lot faster (it only transfers the changed
portions of large files), and now that I figured out how to configure it, allows me to
update things quickly. I find I have to have two separate though automated
"runs" of Laplink to accomplish this, one that exactly synchronizes sets of
subdirectories, and another that only transfers files that have been updated (in
subdirectories where I don't want to copy everything to my laptop, just update the files
that are already there).
- my favorite among the programs to put a date-display in your Win95 system tray, and make
the date easily available for pasting.
- Back to Keith's