There are many great freeware software products out there and a great website reviewing and identifying the best freeware is Gismo’s Tech Support Alert. As well as listing the best freeware in different categories, Gismo also lists his pick of the best tech websites, gives helpful How-to articles, and between 1998 and July this year, produced a brilliant tech Newsletter which then merged with the Windows Secrets Newsletter, another excellent tech resource.
The 158 back issues of Gizmo’s Tech Support Alert Newsletter are still available on his website here or you can download the complete Premium Edition archive here along with a free “Lite” version of the commercial indexing program diskMETA, that allows full text searching of the back issues. But if you already have Copernic Desktop Search or Google Desktop Search, you can use those utilities to search the tech archive.
To give you some idea what’s in each Newsletter, here’s the contents of the 158th issue:
1.1 New Way to Discover the Latest Freebies Please read this
1.2 Gizmo and His 60 Volunteer Freeware Editors Need Your Help
1.3 Easy Way to Detect Infections
1.4 More Malware Scanning Options
1.5 New Free File Sharing Site Offers Free Faxing
1.6 Great Internet Explorer V7/V8 Site
1.7 800,000 User Guides
1.8 Learn How to Solve Elusive Windows Problems
1.9 How to Send an Email Using any “From:” Address
1.10 How to Solve DVI Problems
2.1 A Free Gift from Gizmo: a $40 Backup Program Nice!
2.2 Alternatives to Evernote for Web Note Taking
2.3 Another Free Option for Resizing Digital Photos
2.4 Free Personal Task Management Software Impresses
2.5 Free Auto Refresh Add-ins for Your Browser
2.6 Add Vista Flash Drive ReadyBoost to Windows XP
2.7 A Solution to XP SP3 Trashing Your Visual Styles
2.8 More Free Online Storage Options
3.1 Microsoft Security News
3.2 Apple Plugs More Flaws in QuickTime
3.3 The Latest News on AVG Free vs. Avast!
3.4 The Limitations of AV Certification
3.5 Infected Websites Replace Email as Main Source of Infection
3.6 Firefox 3 Released
4.1 USB Flash Drives at Ridiculous Prices
4.2 Best Vista Tweaks
4.3 Please Vote for Your Favorite Have your say
4.4 Edit and Share Your Photos Online
4.5 Vista’s Main Competitor: Windows XP
4.6 Useless Waste of Time Department
4.7 Zero Charge Directory Calls from Your Cell Phone
4.8 Free Utility Reveals the Truth about Your Video card
4.9 How to Make Your PC Run Faster
Gizmo now contributes to the weekly Windows Secrets Newsletter and you can subscribe to it by email and RSS here. If you like it and want to support the Newsletter, you can upgrade to the paid version with additional content.