Advanced Users

Links for Advanced Users

These are sites for the more advanced user. You can get into a lot of trouble with these tools, but if you have lost data or your system is not startable they may be your only choice. These tools include operating systems other than Windows and specialized network and web authoring tools for both client and server.

Blog Software

Thesis Themes (Thesis themes for WordPress)
Thesis Tutorial (From Berchman)
WordPress (Start a BLOG with the #1 Blog software package)
WordPress Lessons (Tutorials covering all aspects of WordPress)
WordPress Tutorial
WordPress Video Tutorial


Disk Tools

DiskCheckup (Queries Smart hard drives for failure predictions)
HexEdit (A super Hex/ASCII file editor from Down Under for $40)
MegaShares (Easily share large files)
PCinspector (Recovers data from a failed device)
Restore (Restores deleted files after the recycle bin has been emptied)
Simpli Software (Many good HDD and CD/DVD diagnostic programs)
Undelete Plus (Another recovery program for lost data or failing discs)



File Types (A listing of Windows file extensions)
Mozilla Configuration (More than you ever wanted to know)
MozillaZine (Mozilla technical information)


DOS Tools

4DOS (The missing DOS programs)
Boot Disk (DOS and Windows boot disks)
DOS Only (DOS tools and applets)
DOS Tools (Tools and utilities for DOS)



DuckDuckGo (Browse anonymously. A search engine that leaves no tracks)
IPS (Internet Protocol Standards)
Internet Storm Center (Internet security and new threat alerts)
IPv6 (Going from IPv4 to IPv6 - you can do it now with a tunnel)
Mlab (A joint project of European Universities with many network test tools)
Namebench (Switch to the Google DNS to speed up an Internet connection)
Open DNS (Speeds up the Internet and eliminates phishing)
RealVNC (That's a Virtual Network Connection using the Internet)
RFC's (All the Internet RFC's are here)
W3C (World Wide Web Consortium)


Miscellaneous Tools

DVD Shrink (Resize video objects with this free tool)
Emacs (The free GNU open source text editor)
Glary Utilities (Cleanup your system with Glary)
Jazz++ (A free MIDI sequencer from SourceForge)
NCH Audio Editors (An Australian provider of audio tools)
Notepad++ (A 32 bit enhanced function Notepad for Windows)
RawTherapee (Edit RAW image files)
ShellRun (A little free utility to make Auto Run CD's and DVD's a little easier on all Windows)
SmartSoft Converter (A $70 program that converts PDF's to DOC's)
Synergy (A software KVM switch from Sourceforge)
WINAMP (The Windows audio and video program)


Network Tools

Cypherix (Strong encryption software)
DirectUpdate (Give your computer a DNS name even with a dynamic IP address)
FileZilla (A great FTP server and client from Sourceforge)
GeekTools (A collection network administrator tools)
Hosts file (Blocking unwanted parasites with a Hosts file)
IntelliAdmin (Tools and fixes for network administrators)
Namebench (Find a faster DNS)
Network Magic (A great network management tool especially wireless - see all connections)
Network Sorcery (Everything you wanted to know and more about computer networks)
Orb (Network television - that is, send TV over your network)
Security Freeware (Programs to probe security from Gibson Research)
ShowMe Cables (Custom Ethernet cables - any length, any color)
Sygate (One of the better software firewalls)



CodeWeavers (An OpenSource code repository)
DistroWatch (Keep track of all the distributions of Linux/Unix)
JetJar (Free Java, Symbian, Palm, Pocket PC software)
Kbuntu (The K-Shell version of Ubuntu)
Linux Journal (The magazine of the Linux community)
MAC Freeware (Freeware for MAC OS X)
On Disk (Obtain non-Windows OS's on a CD)
OSdisc (Obtain inexpensive copies of Linux/Unix OS's)
ReactOS (SourceForge project to write an open source NT/W2K/XP OS. Currently in alpha)
SourceForge (Open Source code for Windows and Linux programs)
Ubuntu (Free server and desktop software)
WineDoors (Run Windows programs under the Gnome desktop)



Free Byte (Free programming tools/Libs/Editors)
Free Country Tools (Open source programming tools)
Lookup Tables (A collection computer tables)
Programmer's Paradise (Programming tools, editors, and compilers)


Video Tools

Any Video (Converts video formats)
VLC (A video player for all formats)


Windows Tools

AVG Rescue CD (Download a bootable rescue CD)
Boot Disk (A full set of Windows boot disks plus many DOS boot disks)
DLL Files (A collection of DLL files for Windows) (Microsoft's MVP program - links to tips,programs and experts)
Process Library (Is that unknown program a virus or part of Windows?)
Silent Runners (A Windows Registry display tool)
SourceForge (Open Source code for Windows and Linux programs)
Tested Products (Catalog of tested products for Windows Server)
WNTIPCFG (A Windows version of IPCONFIG from Microsoft)
Windows Secrets (Everything Microsoft didn't mention)


Web Page Authoring

Adobe Labs (Get the latest technology beta's from Adobe)
Adobe Browserlab (View a web site in multiple browsers)
Amaya (An open source web site editor from W3C)
BrowserShots (Test a web site on many browsers)
CodeAcademy (Learn to write HTML here)
Colors (Kuler on color groups)
Copyscape (Search for other sites who have plagiarised your site)
CyberSpyder (Spyders a web site to validate links - around $40)
DHTML Menu Creator (A super tool to create Java Script web navigation menus)
FindSounds (Search the web for the right sound)
GIMP (An OpenSource professional image editor)
HTML for beginners (An introduction to HTML authoring)
HTML Goodies (A site devoted to HTML tools - many free)
HTML Validator (A free HTML validator and syntax checker)
Irfanview (The free graphics program)
Joomla (One of the better BLOG programs)
KompoZer (The free HTML Editor from SourceForge)
Lunacore (A free Adobe Photoshop tutorial) (Video courses on web authoring for $25/mo)
MapEdit (Create clickable image maps)
MorgueFree (Free license photos)
Nvu (A free web authoring system for Windows, the Mac and Linux)
NYPL Digital Gallery (Over 363,000 free images from the New York Public Library)
Pixie (A handy little tool - gives the color code of any pixel)
Stock Photographs (Free photos for your web site - no copyright fees)
TopStyle (Create Cascading Style Sheets for your web pages)
Ultimate Paint (Replace Microsoft Paint with this full function graphics program)
Web Design from Scratch (A full course in designing web sites)
WebMatrix (A simple tool from Microsoft to create a web site)
YotoPhoto (Find the right picture for your web site here)

Visit the Free Software Directory   (Directory of software from the Free Software Foundation)