Here is a list of applications and useful sites I have tested and found
best for my purposes. I can't absolutely guarantee they'll work for you but they could be
a great starting point if you are looking for the right information
I use the latest version of Gozilla available at www.gozilla.com . You can schedule downloads, search for
alternative sites, and download direct from a link. I advise checking the link first to
make sure it goes direct to the file otherwise you could be attempting to download an
error message! I'll come up with some tips at a later stage. The version you get is
currently free because it is sponsored. If you don't mind a few unobtrusive ads it is
certainly worth a try. I haven't heard of any conflicts with other programs as yet which
is always a good sign plus it doesn't automatically load if you don't want it to so you
can run faster until you need it.
I heard of conflicts with other applications if you are running different
winsock software - check the website for details or give it a miss.
I use webferret ( www.ferretsoft.com) to
track down a range of pages and preview them while it still searches. Be aware that it
uses a few engines at once and can slow other network processes while it searches. You can
also save your searches and have a look through them later.
Easier ways of getting stuff
Try getting all the latest downloads on the CDs of computer magazines. It
saves storing the download on your hard drive and usually there's a range of current
updates for most shareware and freeware programs in general use. Australian Personal
Computer magazine ( www.apcmag.com ) and PC World
usually have a good variety of stuff and PC World in August had a searchable section for
all their previous help file articles. I solved a network problem I'd had for some weeks
almost straight away after searching the CDs database!
Good luck and more to come soon!
I thought I'd put in a web odometer to see how much mileage I'd get out of
this page. Now all I need is to hire some people to bookmark this page as their home page
and keeping hitting it regularly. I don't think I'll bother - at least I'll get good
honest hits and it will accumulate a few every time I check that its still there. Yep,
there it is (+1). There it is again, still (+ another 1).