The thought occurred to me that some readers of this free edition of Neat Net Tricks may be unaware of some of the other available services, so just to briefly recap: . . . . The Neat Net Tricks Forum (Bulletin Board) provides answers to computer-related or Internet-related questions. Our team of "experts" are ready with free assistance at http://www.topfreeforum.com/neatnettricks/index.php?mforum=neatnettricks . They can help you as well, just as they have taken part in over 6,000 other posts. Your questions may have already been answered and you can determine that with a simple search. . . . . The Neat Net Tricks Software Review Panel has written detailed reports on its experiences with many dozens of programs, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Before you spend your hard-earned money, you owe it to yourself to see if the Panel has discussed a program you're inclined to buy. Just visit the NNT Web site at http://www.NeatNetTricks.com and click on "Software Reviews" at the left of the screen. . . . . Neat Net Tricks has been cranking out issues twice monthly for over 13 years nonstop (177 Premium issues, 198 Standard (free issues). That's nearly 4,000 tips so please don't ask me to go back into the vault and recall something written years ago. You can easily do it yourself, though, because every tip is archived on a CD, along with special features all for $12 (slightly more outside the US.) That piddly sum barely covers the cost of postage, wrapper, and CD, but you can have it all at http://www.NeatNetTricks.com/store . . . . . Neat Net Tricks Premium is the paid edition of NNT. Some call it the "Cadillac" version of NNT, with a dozen or more tips and special features you won't find anywhere else. At just 50 cents an issue you'll find a wealth of uses for your computer that you never knew were there. A free sample issue is available on the NNT Web site, or take the plunge and subscribe now at http://www.NeatNetTricks.com/store . If you don't like what you see, your money will be refunded with no questions asked. (By the way, no new subscriber has ever asked for a refund, so what does that tell you?) . . . . And, of course, this free edition of NNT, with no strings attached. Enjoy! Regards -- Jack * * * * 01. SAVER STARTER starts or prevents a screen saver by cursoring to a corner of the screen, depending on how it is configured. Download free at http://www.brianapps.net/saverstarter/ . 02. ALARM is not a very innovative title for a computer alarm clock, but this one shows the current time in Configurable LED's, beeps or plays a selected sound or music (MP3, MID, WAV, etc), displays with a small dialog or full screen alert with your own text, and has a customizable snooze setting with desired interval. It runs on just about all Windows operating systems and is a free download at http://bluefive.pair.com/alarm.htm . 03. ZORRO is a utility to completely blank the screen except for a rectangular area selected by the user, especially useful for watching videos on your computer without being distracted by other programs. Download free at http://www.gabrieleponti.com/software/index.html#zorro . 04. WEATHER WATCHER LIVE is currently in Beta and provides real-time weather on your desktop, complete with maps and severe alerts. Download free at http://www.singerscreations.com/ . 05. ABSOLUTE INSTALLER, a free download at http://www.glarysoft.com/au.html , uninstalls your unwanted applications. It automatically detects unused files left by an uninstaller and completely deletes them. It autofixes invalid program entries and lists installed programs with appropriate icons. 06. DIRECT REGISTRY BROWSER recovers lost Registry data (program settings, registration information, profile settings, etc.) in the event of a crashed Windows installation, broken user profile data, or Registry damage. Download free at http://www.sysdevsoftware.com/soft/dreg.php . 07. EMAIL FUTURE is a free email service at http://emailfuture.com/ . Send a reminder email to yourself or others in one-half hour or 10 years from now (assuming that this site -- or you -- will still be in service in 10 years.) 08. EDISON. Enhance your current power settings in Windows XP and Vista to measure, monitor, and manage its energy efficiency. Download free at http://www.microsoft.com/environment/campaign_edison.aspx . 09. CLIPSPEAK is a text-to-speech tool that speaks text that is copied or cut from the Clipboard. It is portable and uses some of the synthesizers from the Microsoft Speech Object Library. Download free at http://www.codeplex.com/clipspeak .