Shareware, Freeware, and Software Piracy

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Shareware and Freeware

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Shareware Products I like
with links to their Home Pages

File Management

ZTreeBold (for OS/2) and ZTreeWin (for Windows) -
a look-alike to the old DOS XTree

Drag-and-File and its associated products
Drag-and-View and Drag-and-Zip
These look similar to the earlier Windows File Manager,
but are 32-bit, and have greatly enhanced facilties

Paul's Graphic Viewer, a 32-bit file viewing package
that works well in a 32-bit MS Windows environment

Web Page Authoring

FlexED (16-bit and 32-bit versions) html editor
with which I do almost all my web page writing

Off Line browsing

WebZIP (a web "spider" which downloads sites to your hard drive)

Internet Chat software

mIRC - the well known 16-bit and 32-bit chat client
whose author generously allows to be used as freeware
if you genuinely can't afford ten English pounds to buy it

PC-based IRC servers

IRCPlus (which is shareware that can be registered)

WircSrv - shareware that can no longer be registered,
a defacto "freeware"

Miscellaneous PC stuff

a very superior replacement for Notepad
which doubles as an html editor)

Far more than just a world map with times,
day and night, and so on

Train Driving Simulation

RailSim - a DOS-based train driving simulator which has
very basic through the cab window graphics, but no sound.
German/American/Swiss/Australian routes and operating.
Runs in Win3.11, Win95, Win98 and NT4

If it had better graphics, it would require considerably
more in computer resources, which are now becoming
available at a slightly more purchaser-friendly price.

The product comes with its own route editor and
third party locomotive and more flexible route editors
are available. The base program accurately portrays trains
labouring around sharp curves on climbs and allows for
dynamic and air braking, and the most recent version
portrays steam locomotive operation well.

click here to read a critique of the product by
Vern Moorhouse (

click here for information about the Australian version.
This site also has general RailSim information in the English
language including an archive of information as diverse
as how to drive trains in this product, and colour-light
signals and how to interpret them.

A Windows version is currently being developed,
with a "perhaps" target date towards early 2001.
It will require more resources than the DOS version,
but hopefully less than those required by TrainMaster.

TrainMaster Version 3 - a DOS based train driving simulator
in which the scenery moves past the train from right to left.
Program runs in Win3.11, Win95 and Win98,
and while it visually runs in NT4, the very realistic sound does not.

A Windows version - TrainMaster version 4 - was released in the last quarter
of 2000 - It requires considerably more resources than the
DOS version, in terms of memory, processor speed, and video card.
TM4 does not run in Windows NT for technical reasons associated
with video. It runs in W95, W98, 2000 and Millenium.

click here to read a critique of the product by
Vern Moorhouse (

click here to read a page specifically about simulators
on my website about South Australian Rail.

Bible software

The Free Bible CD version available to purchase.
The freeware variety comprises King James translation (AV),
linked to Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary,
and Strongs Numbers,
with a number of other well presented "goodies".

There is also an American Standard Version (ASV) translation
without the links to Strongs Numbers.
Other translations are not available because they are
copyrighted by commercial puiblishing companies
(Thomas Nelson, for example)

Sacred music midi files

Hymnal Midi File Player This is brilliant.
It also comes with a hundred midis of hymns,
which can play in sequence through the player.

Here we have another sample of music files suitable for
worship or meditation, try this one

A number of sacred songs in midi format -
these also have word sheets.

Please remember to pay for a product
when you decide you are going to use it regularly

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updated on 25th February 2002