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Picks: 27 Tools-in-1 Wichio Browser, Google Desktop Search, Cute Reminder Standard, VMware Workstation, ChoiceMail Free, Surfulater

Doc File Finder reviews 27 Tools-in-1 Wichio Browser, Google Desktop Search, Cute Reminder Standard, VMware Workstation, ChoiceMail Free and Surfulater.
Published: Nov 29, 2006
Author: Michael E, Callahan
Related OS: Windows
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ChoiceMail 2.66
Freeware
Download This program provides permission-based e-mail protection with a whitelist, a blacklist,...
Cute Reminder 2.3
Shareware
Download Create desktop notes, set up reminders and manage your ideas.
27 Tools-in-1 Wichio Browser 5.10
Shareware
Download Wichio is a tabbed browser with 27 built-in utilities.

27 Tools-in-1 Wichio Browser, by Wichio, by Wichio, Inc. is a really impressive Web browser that's just loaded with options. Recently I've found myself looking at a number of so-called alternative Web browsers and this one is towards the top of my list. To begin with, after I installed it, it automatically imported all of my "Favorites" from Internet Explorer. Pretty slick. The program has all the basic things you'd expect in a Web browser, but it has so many cool extras. It has so many neat things in it that it's a program you really have to try it for yourself. I'll try to just hit a few high points.

27 Tools-in-1 Wichio Browser has a built-in Download Manager that shows you every file you download. That includes every file that gets added to your Internet cache. Another slick feature is calledWeb Update Alert that watches Web pages you designate and tells you when they've changed. I also loved the feature called Email Alert that actually tells you when you have email waiting. It can handle Web accounts like Yahoo mail as well as POP3. The program is really amazing with all it can do. It can display system resources, find song lyrics, has built-in trace route and Who Is, can dial an Internet provider, and so much more.

27 Tools-in-1 Wichio Browser provides an option called Private Surfing that lets you password protect your own private list of URLs. It can open pages in tabs, fill in forms, open links in the background, and reopen closed pages. It does all these things without seeming top heavy and it does all of them well. You owe it to yourself to give it a try. Excellent.


Google Desktop Search, by Google, installs easily and quickly indexes files on your computer. Indexing is done when your computer is idle and even though I have a lot of files on my main computer,the indexing was very fast. You can use it to search your computer for email, text in Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations. You can have it index your entire hard drive or you can specify only certain folders to index.

Google Desktop Search has a feature called a Sidebar and it's slick. Both Google and a bunch of independent developers have created gadgets that you can include in your sidebar. I like the fact that it disappears off my screen until I want it. I also like that it provides me with the latest news so I can keep on top of things while I'm working.

Google Desktop Search also utilizes the sidebar gadgets so it can bring you weather, RSS feeds, a note pad, system resources, pictures off your computer, and plenty more. Last time I looked there were over500 gadgets to pick from. So, if you're looking for a way to search for things on your computer, and get a whole lot more, you owe it to yourself to check this out. Truly one of my Favorites of 2006!


Cute Reminder, by CuteReminder Labs Inc. is one of the neatest programs I've looked at in a long time and that's saying something. You can create reminders with it, but you can do a lot more. It's really handy for making quick notes. Since the program hides off to the edge of your screen, it's always there when you need it. With a couple of mouse clicks you can create a note and move on. You can also create ideas on-the-fly and these are really neat. Jot down and idea or thought and it will pop up to remind you in a day or two. The program is intuitive and it's perfect for users with all levels of experience. Really excellent!

Cute Reminder is "cute" and it also utilizes "skins" so you can change the way it looks quite easily. It has lots of configurable options and I always like that. The reminder are slick --they pop up, play a sound, and you can close them out or set them to remind you again - in 5 minutes or next month, totally up to you. Reminders aren't obtrusive. They come up one the side of the screen. I use it to remind myself of conference calls or doctors appointment.You can have recurring reminders if you like and you can also link them to documents. Slick.

Cute Reminder, by CuteReminder Labs., is one of those clever, yet carefully thought out programs that comes out once in a great while. I like its ease-of-use and the options it provides. It stays out of the way and is there when you need it and I like that a lot. It's got neat configurable options, it allows for archiving, and even supports recurring reminders. You can do quick reminders, but at the same time you can also use it to keep track of ideas or to jot down quick notes. You can search through all the things you've entered or just through the things in one category. There are other versions that have even more functions. So, if you'd like to find a program that's easy-to-use while have lots of good features, you need to take a look at CuteReminder. For the record, it's much more than just "cute", it's a great tool. This is one product I have to buy and you might too!


VMware Workstation by VMware, Inc. is a program I started using about two years ago. At that time I used it only for testing software.When you test a lot of software you're bound to get some computer problems. Conflicts with DLL's, programs that are written poorly,programs that goof up memory, and so on. VMware Workstation lets you create virtual computers. You can create a computer that runs Windows 98, or one that runs Linux. You can install all your software in a virtual machine, or you can leave it simple. It's a great tool for software developers because they can have multiple machines running atthe same time, all with different operating systems. Slick!

VMware Workstation lets you take "snapshots" which capture the state of a virtual computer at a specific point in time. So, now I test software in a "virtual" computer running Windows XP Professional. And when I'm done testing, I tell VMware to revert to the original snapshot.Viola! My virtual computer is back in a pristine state just as if I'd never tested anything on it. And my "real" computer is safe and sound and running like a clock. Starting in July of 2006 I converted my entire office to virtual machines. I'm working in one right now. Really a great system. It's perfect for anyone who wants an easy way to have multiple operating systems on just one computer.

VMware Workstation by VMware, from my point of view, can save you a good deal of money that's spent on equipment -- computers, monitors,and more. It makes it really easy to put your virtual computer on a new physical computer. I work in virtual machines, I test software in virtual machines, and I do it with no risk to my physical computer. This is one program you need to take a look at! I recommend it and it's what I use!


ChoiceMail One by DigiPortal lets you take control of your email. You decide what emails get through. It doesn't sit there and try to filter your email, but it follows some very basic rules. It's a "challenge-response" or "permission-based" system. It works!

ChoiceMail One uses your email address book to create a"whitelist" of the people you want to receive email from.Everything else is blocked. So, if you know me and you send me an email, it comes right through. You, the sender, can't tell any difference. Now, to help take into account "new friends" each time I send an email to someone not in my address book, they are also added to the whitelist. The program also lets me create rulesthat allow other mail to get through even though the sender isn't on my whitelist. For example, I play guitar so I've created a rule that allows any email that has "guitar" in it. Slick.

ChoiceMail One puts all other email in quarantine and sends an email to each sender. The email basically asks the sender to register by going to a Web page and entering their name and email address. They're also asked to say why they're contacting you and to do a little task. Why? Well, because the majority of SPAM is sent out by automated systems and they won't respond to the request or be able to do he task.

ChoiceMail One works! It's reduced the amount of SPAM I receive to nearly zero. Other anti-spam programs take their best guess at what's good and what isn't. ChoiceMail One doesn't guess. I either know you or I don't. You're either human or an automated system.You either respond or you don't. It's that simple. Give it a try. I've tested nearly every anti-spam solution available and this is the one that works for me. Check it out!


Surfulater, by Soft As it Gets Pty Ltd is a program that I use myself to gather ideas for articles. Rather than jot down notes about a topic I might want to write about, I use Surfulater to "grab" the idea and save it for me. No typing involved. The program lets you save anything you find on the Internet.At the same time, the program makes it easy to organize information as well. It's perfect for anyone doing research, gathering information, and so on.

Surfulater lets you put things in categories and you can even cross-reference entries. I actually have categories that are related to columns here on Tucows. So, I have a "How To" category, a "Tell Me About" category, and so on. The program is very intuitive and easy-to-use. To me that makes it perfect for users with all levels of experience. Another feature that I really like is that it supports Firefox which is my default browser. Some of the other programs only work with Internet Explorer.

Surfulater makes it easy to gather information, to save things that you want to read later, and more. Create as many categories as you want and the build your own library of information. I find the program to be very useful. Check it out ... I think you'll like it!


Dr. File Finder Quick Picks

No Quick Picks during the Roundup of my "Favorites of 2006" Quick Picks will resume in 2007! Stay tuned.


These are all excellent programs and I hope you'll take the time to try them out. I'll be back next week with part 2. I hope you'll join me. Until then, have a great week, a wonderful weekend, and happy downloading!



About Michael E, Callahan

Michael E. Callahan, known around the world by the trademarked name Dr. File Finder, is regarded as the world's leading expert on shareware. Dr. File Finder works with software programs and developers full-time, and in the average year he evaluates 10,000 programs. Since 1982 he has evaluated over 250,000 software and hardware products. Mr. Callahan began evaluating software online in 1982 and no one has been at it longer. He currently works doing online PR and marketing for software companies, and is the Senior Content Producer for Butterscotch.Com.

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