Saturday, June 30, 2007

AVG Free 7.5

Click for full size Avg Free is the most friendly anti-virus I have ever tried for an old slow PC.

Unlike the heavyweights, like Norton and McAfee, you will hardly know it is running. It will sit there in the background doing its job while allowing you to still do yours.

I have not had any problems with the background scanning locking up the PC or slowing it down to a crawl.

I have also not had any problems with my taskbar icons or opening folders in Explorer, if there are .rar files present or a shortcut to an application containing some type of server. I had both of these problems with some other anti-virus products I have tested, before.

I have been an AVG user for about 4 years. In all that time I have never had an incident where any version of AVG has crashed. I also have never been infected with any viruses or trojans. While an anti-virus does offer you protection, it is not a substitute for common sense. You still have to use your head and not do stupid things like opening strange email attachments from unknown sources.

So if you want protection against viruses and trojans, and want something that won't get in your way, AVG Free can't be beat. It's my #1 choice. And you sure can't beat the price (free).

Note: If you install AVG Free and later decide to uninstall it, you will have to use the original installer or download the latest version of AVG Fee and run the installer and use that to uninstall the older version. You can not uninstall it through add/remove programs.

AVG Free 7.5
Download Size: 21.7 MB
Price: Free
Support Options: forum

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That is a 17 inch Sun 447L, manufactured by Nokia. He picked it up used, for about $50, when he outgrew his original Packard Bell 15 inch monitor.

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Friday, June 29, 2007

Snailware Mission Statement

Snailware is software for snails. Snails are older slower computers. We consider this a term of affection, not an insult. We love our snails.

As snail owners, ourselves, we understand it can be quite frustrating to find decent software that will run on older operating systems and equipment. We understand your pain. Too many developers today are filling their software with eye candy, features, and bloat that give our snails indigestion and headaches. They assume everyone is running the latest & greatest hardware and operating system, when that just isn't true.

Around this time last year, there were at least 50 to 70 million snails out there running some form of Windows 9x (95, 98, ME). That's not exactly a small number. Their owners had just as many valid reasons for not buying a new computer or upgrading their operating systems. Odds are that most of those systems are still in use, and still running the same operating systems they were last year. Microsoft ending support for those operating systems didn't suddenly enable that old hardware to run Windows XP (or Vista). And there wasn't suddenly a PC fairy, delivering new computers to replace all those older machines.

Too often, snail owners are treated with a great amount of disrespect. It is just as wrong to pass judgement on them as it is to pass judgement on your neighbor with a 6 to 10 year refridgerator. Just because something is old doesn't make it useless junk. And it doesn't make their owners less deserving of common curtesy and respect. Hardware and operating systems do not define the value of a human life.

It also doesn't make snail owners less deserving of quality software. Their money is just as green as anybody else's. It would be crazy to tell someone they didn't deserve food or to refuse to sell it to them, just because their refridgerator is more than 5 years old. The same goes for owners of older PC's.

It's really not that different when you stop and think about it. In fact a new computer costs about as much as a new refridgerator and can have about the same life span, in terms of years of use. A new PC bought today will become a snail rather quickly. If you are not a snail owner now, you may become one very soon. We hope you won't have the problems that current snail owners are experiencing, when your time comes.

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