tinyapps.org / 2001 ezines


Aloha! And welcome to the first issue of the 
TinyApps.Org newsletter. Many thanks to all of you 
who have contributed over the past few weeks - 
your suggestions are most appreciated.

Like the website itself, this newsletter will be 
brief and to the point. The format will generally 
be: 1. news, 2. new apps, 3. an article or "Up 
Close" look at some tiny topic. You are strongly 
encouraged to submit ideas, feedback, and apps to: 
miles@xxxxxxxxxxxx

NEWS

There is a new code in the listings: the plus 
symbol (+) indicates "no install necessary".

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If you have not seen the special version of 
NoteTab Light that Eric Fookes kindly put together 
for TinyApps, check it out at:

https://tinyapps.org/text.html

or download it directly from:

http://www.notetab.com/ftp/notetab486c.exe

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NEW APPS

There are far too many apps that have been added 
recently to list here. Here is a smattering:

Editor2 [47k] +
http://personal-pages.ps.ic.ac.uk/~umeca74/
"The Quadratic replacement for Notepad". Includes 
an AutoText feature for frequently used text.

NotGNU Emacs Editor [from 164k] +
http://www.geocities.com/notgnu/
Similar to GNU Emacs but much smaller and lighter, 
with a Windows look and feel. Several versions 
available.

FFCAT [8k] +
http://www.professional.org/ncutil.html
A small DOS utility to concatenate (combine) 
multiple files into a single new file.

OffByOne Web Browser [1100k] +
http://www.offbyone.com/
"May be the world's smallest and fastest Web 
Browser with full HTML 3.2 support. It is a 
completely self-contained, stand-alone 1.1mb 
application with no dependencies on any other 
browser or browser component."

Vallen e-Mailer [356k] +
http://www.vallen.de/freeware/index.html
Group mail sender

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UP CLOSE: QNX Demo Disk

The QNX Demo Disk played a large part in my 
deciding to create TinyApps.org. I wanted to help 
spread the word about clean, tightly coded apps 
that could literally transform a person's paradigm 
of software and programming overnight, and the 
Demo Disk was (for me) the quintessential tiny 
app.

The following 1997 Usenet post by the Demo Disk's 
founder, Dan Hildebrand, best summarizes this
miracle of programming:

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"The 1.44M Web Challenge"

The challenge: Put a Web browser, a web server, a 
POSIX-certified realtime OS, TCP/IP and a
windowing system on a  single 1.44 Mbyte floppy disk.

Impossible?

QNX Software Systems Ltd. announces the QNX Demo 
Disk (downloadable from http://www.qnx.com/iat/).
This single 1.44 Mbyte floppy disk contains:

  1. Voyager Web Browser (Full HTML 3.2, frames, tables, etc.)
  2. Voyager Embedded Web Server
  3. The QNX Realtime Operating System
  4. TCP/IP (with PPP including CHAP/PAP support)
  5. Photon microGUI Windowing System
  6. A "remote control" device to simulate a TV set top box
  7. An Internet Phone Dialer
  8. A Graphical File Browser
  9. A Graphical Text Editor
 10. A Vector Graphics Animation
 11. Over 180 Kbytes of HTML and image content

With this floppy disk and a desktop PC, you can
browse the web or turn that PC into a web server
accessible to other computers on the Internet.

To download a copy, visit the http://www.qnx.com/iat/
website.  To run the demodisk, you'll need a PC
with a 386 or better, 6 Mbytes of RAM minimum,
a mouse, VGA or better video and, optionally, a
modem.

A floppy drive is required, but the hard drive is 
not. :-)

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If you have not had a chance to experience the
QNX Demo Disk yet, check it out today at:

http://www.qnx.com/iat/

There is now both a network version and a modem 
version. Please note that you will need a real 
modem (*not* a WinModem) if you wish to connect 
using a modem. The network version currently 
supports Dec 21*4*, NE2000, and 3com 509 based 
network cards.

More resources:

"The 1.44M Web Challenge" - posting by Dan on 
comp.os.qnx which appears above:
http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=5n1t6s%24be0%40qnx.com&output=gplain

"How We Did It"
http://www.qnx.com/demodisk/how.html

Dan Hildebrand interview in USENIX
http://www.usenix.org/publications/login/1998-6/interview.html


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TinyApps.Org Newsletter Issue 2 - Oct 24, 2001

+++NEWS+++

I have been asked about adding some sort of 
rating system for the software listed on 
TinyApps. Well, there already is a rating 
system! Yep! And here it is in a nutshell: if 
an app is listed, it rocks. A few undeserving 
apps may fall through the cracks - please let 
me know if you spot any.


+++NEW APPS+++

Web2Text v1.6 [187k]
http://www.jetman.dircon.co.uk/software/web2text.html
Convert HTML to plain text. Includes GUI.

FTPEdit 1.0 [14k] +
http://www.csc.calpoly.edu/~bfriesen/software/ftpedit.html
Plain text editor with ftp open and save 
functions. Cannot save session data.

IEradicator [102k]
http://www.98lite.net/ieradicator.html
Internet Explorer (versions 3 through 6) 
removal tool.

Proxomitron [668k] +
http://spywaresucks.org/prox/
Filter out web annoyances

Pegasus Mail v3.5 [1200k]
http://www.pmail.com/overviews/ovw_pmail.htm
Comprehensive email client for MS-DOS, PC-DOS, 
and Windows

Miranda [239k] {S}
http://miranda-icq.sourceforge.net/
Streamlined ICQ client

SmartSerialMail 1.1 [229k] +
http://www.jamsoft.net/software.html
Group mail sender

MetaPath 1.2 [23k] {S}+
http://www.mountpoint.ch/flo/metapath/
Explorer-like add-on for metapad

TexRep v1.1 [154k] +
http://no-nonsense-software.com/freeware/
Simple text replace across multiple files

EVE 1.1 [51k] +
http://myeve.org/
Vector graphics editor. Executable is a mere 
39k.

PictView 1.94 [104k] +
http://www.pictview.com/
Multi-format image viewer and converter. DOS 
and Windows versions available.

Color Cop 5.0.1 [41k] +
http://www.datastic.com/tools/colorcop/
Color picker with loads of options: always on 
top, snap to websafe palette, color dropper & 
magnifyer, select color mode, and more.

FontSelector 1.3 [277k] +
http://www.theill.com/fs/default.asp
Browse and print all your installed fonts.

The Font Thing 0.80 [483k] +
http://www.ozemail.com.au/~scef/tft.html
Powerful TrueType font manager

X-Fonter 3.00 [505k]
http://users.pandora.be/eclypse/xfonter.html
Font viewer and manager with a 3D Graphic 
creator.

FontLister 3.4.9 [695k] $+
http://www.theill.com/fl/default.asp
Browse, print, install, and remove fonts. An 
older freeware version is also available.

InCtrl5 [766k] {S}
http://www.pcmag.com/article/0,2997,s%253D400%2526a%253D4583,00.asp
Monitor changes made by install programs

File Maven 3.5a [160k] +
http://www.briggsoft.com/fmdos.htm
PC-to-PC file transfers via serial or parallel 
cable

TreeCompare 1.5 [19k] +
http://www.csc.calpoly.edu/~bfriesen/software/treecomp.html
Compare directories. ANSI and Unicode versions 
available.

FMOD Media Player v3.40 [133k] +
http://www.fmod.org/
Media player supporting many formats and 
several OSs

STP [209k] +
http://members.home.net/e-marc/Site/dnlds.htm
Youri Stous' last version of STP, the tiny MP3 
player that takes up minimal space and 
processor time

Graph Paper Printer 5.4.0.1 [652k] $
http://www.marquis-soft.com/graphpapeng.htm
Print numerous kinds of graph papers, music 
manuscripts and pattern papers


+++OPTIMIZING WINDOWS+++

I ran across a very cool book recently:

Optimizing Windows for Games, Graphics and Multimedia
http://thesiliconunderground.editthispage.com/stories/storyReader$127

Wait! I know many of you are thinking, "Well, 
I'm not a gamer." Trust me, this book is 
crucial reading for *any* Windows user, 
especially those with older hardware. It 
explains how to turn Windows 9x into a fast, 
stable OS.

You can check out Chapters 2 and 10 free online:
http://www.microsoft.com/TechNet/win2000/first.asp
http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/win9x/chapter/ch10.html

It's by David Farquhar and published by 
O'Reilly, so it's got that really cool binding 
that allows you to lay the book flat open to 
any page.

Last published in 2000, the book is now out of 
print. Some online stores (Amazon among them) 
apparently still have it in stock, and there 
are plenty of used copies as well.


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TinyApps.Org Newsletter Issue 3 - Oct 31, 2001

+++NEWS+++

0. I doubt many of you missed it, but 
TinyApps.Org was mentioned on Slashdot. You 
can find the article here:
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=01/10/23/179205&mode=thread

and my post in response here:
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=22937&cid=2470624

1. The newsletter is now weekly (as opposed to 
bi-weekly). For those of you who prefer digest 
mode, it  has been set to monthly. You can 
change your subscription options here:
https://tinyapps.org/ezine.html

2. A "New" section for recently listed apps
was planned, but it has been decided to let
the newsletter serve that function (especially
as it is now published weekly).


+++NEW APPS+++

PopKi Popup Closer v1.4 [187k] +
http://ranfo.com/popki.html
Prevent popups without using a proxy

SAB 0.96 [93k] +
http://www.csis.gvsu.edu/~rubleyr/sab/
Filter out web annoyances. Linux version also 
available.

swen 0.4 [79k]
http://www.glop.org/swen/
News ticker that lives in the system tray. 
Grabs headlines from your favorite websites

TinyWeb 1.9 [182k] +
http://www.ritlabs.com/tinyweb/index.html
Small, simple and fast web server. Executable 
size is 53k.

IamC 2.9.26R [198k] +
http://ppproject.com/
Simple IRC client

xchat 1.8.5 [633k] {S}
http://xchat.org/
Graphical IRC client for Windows and several 
other OSs.

Sportcan port scanner [60k] +
http://members-http-7.rwc1.sfba.home.net/berns21/Sportcan/
Tiny port scanner that uses the familiar 
Windows GUI paradigm

WinVi 2.90 [143k] {S}+
http://www.winvi.de/en/
Notepad meets Vi

WanyWord 3.00 [459k] {S}
http://home4.inet.tele.dk/jensguld/index.html
Text search with Boolean and Near operators

PhotoPlayer 2.8 [388k] +
http://www.unidreamtech.com/index.html
Slideshow generator

YASRT v0.1 beta 12 [890k] +
http://www.yasrt.org
Yet Another Simple RayTracer. Generates 
realistic pictures from text descriptions. 
Versions available for a wide range of OSs.

Metamorph 3D [578k] +
http://www.fascinationsoftware.com/FS/html/Metamorph.html
"Fast, sleek, little image morphing utility"

Cygwin-Lite [1280k] {S}
http://cygwin-lite.sourceforge.net/
UNIX-like command-line environment for 
Win9x/Me/NT4/2000

RAMpage 1.6 [169k] {S}+
http://www.jfitz.com/software/RAMpage/
Display/free system memory

AppSwat v1.3.0.0 [8k] +
http://www.ddhomepage.nm.ru/html/appswat.html
Process terminator. Command-line termination, 
system startup integration and an effective 
termination mechanism

UpTime 1.0 [13k] +
http://opus80.com/discnode/uptime.htm
Displays up-time in a tooltip from the system 
tray

Switch Off 1.7 [41k]
http://yasoft.nm.ru/eng/switchoff/
Scheduler for system shutdown, restart and log 
off

Filemon [76k] {S}+
http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/source/filemon.shtml
Monitors and displays file system activity in 
real-time

tube [0.25k] {S}+
http://www.pouet.net/prod.php?which=3397
Yes, that's 256 bytes for a very cool intro.

traydesk v3.0 [10k] {S}+
http://members.ozemail.com.au/~crn/traydesk.html
Show/hide desktop icons, log on/off, restart 
or shutdown - all from the system tray.

RandBG v1.01 [12k] +
http://kaltner.slickness.org/files.html
Random wallpaper changer. Supports bitmap and 
JPEG (JPEG support via interface to active 
desktop).

Triadex Muse Simulator 1.1 [22k] +
http://trovar.com/muse/muse.html
Create your own "music" in seconds

Moopeg 0.2a [64k]
http://www.moopeg.com/
Lightweight media player

SynFactory 1.01 [62k] +
http://www.syntiac.com/synfactory.html
Interactive Modular Software Synthesizer

XCALC 2.4 [141k] +
http://www.tordivel.no/xcalc/
RPN calculator with many modes

Convert 4.10 [152k]
http://joshmadison.com/software/convert/
Unit conversion program

Grapher 0.9 [208k] +
http://members.home.net/c1284j/grapher/
Graphs mathematical equations in any spatial 
dimension above the first

TTH [310k] {S}+
http://hutchinson.belmont.ma.us/tth/
TEX to HTML translator

REBOL/View [335k]
http://www.rebol.com/prod-view.html
Cross-platform, internet-oriented scripting 
language by Amiga OS master Carl Sassenrath


+++FASTLOADING BANNERS+++

Frequent contributor cheeaun01 kindly sent in 
an animated GIF banner (weighing 2.76k) for 
folks to use when linking to TinyApps. As much 
as I appreciated his kindness, I decided not 
to use the GIF. Here is an excerpt from my 
reply:

1.
As you may have noticed, the TinyApps "banner"
is not a graphic, but a simple HTML table. It 
is only 545 bytes.

2.
"Because of modem compression, HTML will
download twice as fast for most people as
graphics. (eg: 20k of html will download as 
fast as a 10k jpg)."
http://www.searchengineworld.com/misc/page_size.htm

3.
I want to conserve bandwidth whenever 
possible, and would prefer people use text
links in most cases to help conserve the
Internet's finite resources.

4.
Some folks have a major problem with GIFs, so 
I'd like to minimize my use of them:
http://burnallgifs.org/


The inspiration to use a text banner came from 
InnerPeace.Org:
http://innerpeace.org/fastloadingbanners.shtml


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TinyApps.Org Newsletter Issue 4 - Nov 6, 2001

+++NEWS+++

"Games" category added to "Links" page:

Interactive Zork 404 error page
http://thcnet.net/error/404.php

Tiny Windows Games
http://www.tinywindowsgames.com/tiny/

256 byte demo archive
http://www.256b.com/

DOSGames
http://www.dosgames.com/

DOS Games Archive
http://www.dosgamesarchive.com/

PCGameworld's "classic" collection
http://www.pcgameworld.com/downloads/retrogaming/


+++NEW APPS+++

privyCrypt 2.6 [198k] {S}+
http://www.cs.uwa.edu.au/~vlchung/code/privyCrypt/
"A simple encryption scheme for people 
whose email service providers block 
attachments and monitor their email." Palm 
OS and Java applet versions also available.

KILL<HTML> [from 8k] +
http://www.protonfx.com/
Removes all HTML tags and JavaScript from 
one or more HTML files. DOS and Windows 
versions included.

sHTMLc v2.0 [148k] +
http://hjem.get2net.dk/fec/shtmlc/shtmlc.html
Convert characters to character entities 
quickly and easily.

XEarth 1.0 [165k] {S}+
http://www.hewgill.com/xearth/index.html
Yes, XEarth has been listed for some time, 
but this is a slightly smaller port with 
numerous improvements.

MP-Crypt 0.5b [26k] +
https://tinyapps.org/mpcrypt.exe
Easy file and directory encryption. Option 
to create self-decrypting files. (With the 
kind permission of MP-Crypt's author, this 
download is hosted on TinyApps. MP-Crypt 
0.6 has turned shareware and is twice as 
large. As always, download and use at your 
own risk and joy.)


+++OUT OF CONTROL+++

This month's article "Out of Control"
appears courtesy of David Weinberger, who
generously agreed to my request to reprint
it here. David is the co-author of the
bestseller The Cluetrain Manifesto,
commentator on National Public Radio's
"All Things Considered," and a columnist
for Darwin Magazine (www.darwinmag.com), KM
World (www.kmworld.com) and Intranet Design 
(idm.internet.com). He publishes a free 
zine on the effect of the Web on business 
and culture (www.hyperorg.com). He has 
written for Wired, The Industry Standard, 
Harard Business Review, and many more. He 
lives in Boston and can be reached at 
self@xxxxxxxxxxx

Out of Control

Since dirt was young, we've assumed that 
the larger the project, the more control 
you need. If you're building a tree house,  
you only need one adult and a plan sketched 
on the back of an envelope. But if you're 
building a project like the Hoover Dam, you 
need entire floors of managers, and then to 
manage the managers you need a hierarchy 
and organizational charts and preferential 
parking spaces. And then you'll bring in 
management consultants to figure out how to 
manage the managers who are managing the 
managers. The bigger the project, the more 
control. In fact, the amount of control 
required is proportional not just to the 
size of the project but to its complexity.

But, what is by far the most complex 
network ever constructed on this planet? 
And what is by far the largest collection 
of writings and music and other human 
communications ever assembled? The Web. And 
how many managers did it take to build the 
Web? Hmm, let's see ... carry the one ... 
divide by pi .... Zero! Zero managers. The 
most complex technological infrastructure 
ever built was created with essentially no 
layers of control.

And, even more important, with the lack of 
control comes the lack of permission. The 
Web's inventor, Tim Berners-Lee, originally 
conceived of it to enable scientists to 
link to one another's work without 
permission. Despite the best efforts of 
legislators, corporate executives and other 
control junkies, the Web is still largely 
permission-free. Whose permission do you 
need if you want to build a site, post a 
page, send a message to a discussion group? 
A duly authorized official? Your parents'? 
Tim Berners-Lee's? No, just your own. 
Compare this to an institution as humane as 
your local public library. If you want to 
donate a book, someone's going to have to 
fill in a form, take it to a committee, get 
permission, decide on a classification, 
fill out another form, and put it on the 
shelf. You could have posted the whole 
thing on your Web site in one step without 
having to ask anyone else about it.

And that's exactly how the Web is being 
built, one page at a time, 2 billion and 
counting. Before long we'll have more pages 
than McDonald's has burgers, and all 
because hundreds of millions of people give 
themselves permission to build a site, to 
post a message to a discussion board, to 
send an email...without filling in a single 
form or asking a single manager.

This affects life off the Web as well as 
on. In environments from home to business, 
asking permission has been the norm. On the 
Web, it's the exception. Of course this 
disturbs control-based institutions:

 "You may be able to get away with that behavior
 on the Web young man and/or woman, but not here
 at Big Co. We can't run a multi-billion dollar
 businesss without a power structure, and
 performance reviews, and big corner offices for
 those in charge."

To which the Web poses the question: Are 
you sure? Look at what happened when 
Napster, at least temporarily, turned 
recordings into a permission- free zone; an 
industry overnight was threatened with 
being replaced by a movement. (Of course, 
Napster also shows what happens when the 
incumbents fight back.) A hundred thousand 
discussion groups are showing what happens 
when expertise is no longer under the lock 
and key of official experts. Every 
institution in our society is going to be 
challenged by a Web generation that no 
longer takes it for granted that for a 
project to succeed, it must be tightly 
controlled. From business to religion to 
government, the question is going to be: 
Tell me again why I have to ask you for 
permission? And if your answer isn't good 
enough, you'll not only be disobeyed ... 
worse, you'll be ignored. 



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TinyApps.Org Newsletter Issue 5 - Nov 13, 2001

+++NEWS+++

I have been recently been chatting with the 
folks at Bullet Proof FTP, who generously 
offered me a free copy of their small 
(506k) shareware FTP client with 
professional features. In return I offered 
to mention it here, and they put together a 
no-installer version AND are offering a 24% 
discount (from $29.95 to $22.95) to 
TinyApps subscribers. There is of course a 
30 day free trial which is not crippled in 
any way.

http://www.bpftp.com/

Direct download link to no-installer version:
http://www.bpftp.com/noinstall/bpftp.zip

If you decide to register, visit
http://www.bpftp.com/register.html
and enter TINYAPPS when prompted for a 
promotional code to receive your discount.


+++NEW APPS+++

A-spy 0.0.9 [254k] +
http://aka.com.ua/dev.htm
Startup manager with an "About" box which 
provides scads of live system info.

Anim8or 0.7 [592k] +
http://www.anim8or.com/
3D modeling and character animation program

RPSORT 1.01</a> [19k] {S}+
http://www.dosbin.com/txtfrmt.htm#sortutil
Sorts large files extremely fast.

TestDisk [168k] {S}+
http://www.esiea.fr/public_html/Christophe.GRENIER/index.html
Check and undelete a wide variety of 
partition types, from FAT to BeFS

Test-Run 2.1.0 [136k]
http://www.envy.nu/testrun/
Protects the Registry while testing new 
software

XaoS 3.1 [470k] {S}+
http://www.paru.cas.cz/~hubicka/XaoS/index.html
Real-time interactive fractal zoomer. 
Binaries available for several platforms.


+++MY MOST FREQUENTLY USED TINY APPS+++

Treepad
http://www.treepad.com
Freeform, tree-like database. Serves as my 
personal knowledge base.

RemotePad
http://hamsterrepublic.com/dl/
Text editor with built-in ftp client. Used 
to update TinyApps.

metapad
http://www.liquidninja.com/metapad/
My favorite notepad replacement.

BK ReplaceEm
http://www.orbit.org/replace/
Very powerful text search and replace, 
especially good for making global changes 
to websites quickly and easily.

MPower
http://www.mindbeat.com/utils.shtml
Windows without crashes

Catfish
http://www.equi4.com/catfish/
Disk cataloguer. Has probably saved me 
several hours of futile searching for 
archived files so far.



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TinyApps.Org Newsletter Issue 6 - Nov 21, 2001

+++NEWS+++

Yummy stats:

Avg app size: 272.18kb
Number of apps: 170
Freeware: 165 apps = 97% 
Shareware: 5 apps  = 3%
No install needed: 127 = 77%


+++NEW APPS+++

Most of the new apps this week are from John A.
Lyons' awesome ASM page:
http://www.asmsource.8k.com/

Files.com v3.0 [64k] {S soon}+
http://asmsource.8k.com/source16.htm
"This is the best dos-based file management
program. It does everything that you could ever
want, including viewing multiple compressed
files."

Resize v0.2 [11k] {S}+
http://asmsource.8k.com/source32.htm
"A simple program, that establishes a taskbar
icon, enabling you to quickly and easily change
the screen resolution."

Searchin32 v0.3 [15k] {S}+
http://asmsource.8k.com/searchin.htm
"Program that searches recursively from a
particular dir, for files of a specific type,
containing a particular phrase. Prints out the
part of the phrase line, and the line number."

File Wizard 1.34 [287k] +
http://www.nexus.hu/gad/fw/index.html
File manager for DOS/Windows. LFN & mouse
support, drag and drop, read archives,
integrated text editor, CD player, much more.



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TinyApps.Org Newsletter Issue 7 - Nov 28, 2001

+++NEW APPS+++

MWSnap 2.0.0.40 [309k] +
http://www.mirekw.com/
Screen capture program which supports BMP, JPG, 
TIFF and GIF formats. Custom color depth & 
quality settings, zoom, screen ruler, and color 
picker.

2xExplorer [348k] +
http://personal-pages.ps.ic.ac.uk/~umeca74/
Full-featured (yet small) Windows Explorer replacement

Dos Navigator 1.51 [767k] {S}+
http://www.ritlabs.com/dn/
Comprehensive DOS shell for MS-DOS, OS/2 and MS 
Windows from the folks who brought you The Bat! 
email client. Includes a powerful text editor, 
archive manager, serial link, file uneraser and 
much more.



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TinyApps.Org Newsletter Issue 8 - Dec 5, 2001

+++NEWS+++

Recently received the following question from a 
TinyApps visitor:

> I was wondering if there is any tinyapps
> relevant for broadcasting a PC screen
> to mulitple PCs (as in the case of a
> teacher to students' lab).

Know of one? If so, please email: 
answer@xxxxxxxxxxxx


+++NEW APPS+++

Nadger 0.5 [213k] +
http://apps.sepulchre.co.uk/nadger/
Color grabber which returns hex, websafe, and 
RGB values. Save colors to custom groups.

Spread32 v1.09 [292k] +
http://www.byedesign.freeserve.co.uk/
Small but powerful spreadsheet program. Import 
& export standard Excel, Pocket Excel and CSV 
files. CE & shareware (no nags) versions also 
available.

F-Prot Antivirus for DOS [1320k] +
http://www.f-prot.com/f-prot/download/
Regularly updated antivirus program free for 
personal use. Linux version also available.


+++WHY HTML IN E-MAIL IS A BAD IDEA+++

This issue's article appears courtesy of Scot 
Hacker, a recovering BeOS addict (small is 
beautiful!) now  migrating to Mac OS X. He is 
the author of Peachpit's The BeOS Bible and  
O'Reilly's "MP3: The Definitive Guide." Hacker 
is also the webmaster of http://www.betips.net ,
http://www.birdhouse.org , and 
http://www.kissthisguy.com .


Why HTML in E-Mail is a Bad Idea (excerpt)
http://www.betips.net/etc/evilmail.html

HTML in e-mail is a bad idea ...

Because HTML is for making web pages and plain 
text is for simple communications. If you're 
looking to create a web page or write a book, 
fine. But e-mail messages are not web pages or 
books. e-mail was designed for simple 
messaging. Anything else detracts, rather than 
adds to its core functionality. As Andy Roony 
said, "E-mail is simple. Like the pencil, it 
just works." Well, e-mail is not simple -- and 
it doesn't always work -- when HTML is 
involved.

Because it encourages people to express 
themselves with fancy formatting rather than 
with carefully chosen words.

Because it introduces compatibility problems 
with text-based clients like the hundreds of 
thousands of Pine users out there (see 
screenshot below).

Because it can introduce security issues and 
trojan horses -- it's a gateway to danger as 
any Outlook user can tell you. HTML can include 
any number of scripts, dangerous links, 
controls, etc.

Because it's being unfairly forced on the world 
by a single corporation (Microsoft).

Because it takes a nice, short two-line e-mail 
body and makes it 15 lines long (see screenshot 
below).

Because it doubles the size of e-mails as 
clients "handle" the issue by sending out plain 
text and HTML versions of the same e-mail.

Because people spend more time choosing a font 
that the recipient probably doesn't even have 
on their system than in choosing their words 
carefully.

Because it wreaks havoc with any mailing list 
that sends out digests.

Because it forces programmers writing e-mail 
clients to choose between supporting it and 
implementing features that will actually help 
handle e-mail.

Because it violates the e-mail standards and 
protocols unnecessarily. Most users never use 
any of the "advanced" options and those who do 
typically go overboard -- usually spammers who 
use HTML's fancy styles as a way to garner 
attention.

The only possible reasonable purposes for HTML 
e-mail are simple text styles such as bold and 
italics which can be expressed _in_ *other* 
WAYS that are /universally/ readable. :-)

Because it encourages companies to think it's 
OK to do things like include code that will let 
them know if you're reading their e-mail. This 
actually happened to a friend, who received an 
e-mail from infobeat asking why he wasn't 
reading their daily news e-mails. I consider 
that a gross violation of privacy.



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TinyApps.Org Newsletter Issue 9 - Dec 12, 2001

+++NEWS+++

0. Many thanks to all of you who wrote in
suggesting VNC and/or TightVNC for the computer
lab question last issue. One subscriber wrote
in with a question of his own: is there an MS
Windows app that allows program windows to be
moved and resized as in X Window (using the ALT
key)? There certainly is for BeOS:
http://kom.auc.dk/~thiriez/beos/EasyMove/documentation.html
If you know of something similar, please email:
answer@xxxxxxxxxxxx

1. http://www.oldversion.com/
Download old versions of popular programs.

2. The newsletter will be published biweekly as of
the next issue.


+++NEW APPS+++

TightVNC 1.2.2 [357k] {S}+
http://www.tightvnc.com/
Client/server software package allowing remote
network access to graphical desktops. This
bandwidth-efficient version has many
improvements over the original:
http://www.uk.research.att.com/vnc/

MacroMaker 1.0.3.1 [156k] +
http://www.ij.net/AnthonyMathews/MacroMaker.htm
Automate routine computer tasks. Non-installer
version:
http://www.ij.net/AnthonyMathews/ByHand.htm


+++NOTETAB LIGHT+++

Eric Fookes, creator of the legendary NoteTab
text editor, has released v4.86c of the free
tiny version he made especially for TinyApps
users.

Direct download links:

http://www.fookes.com/ftp/free/notetab486c.exe
or
http://www.notetab.com/ftp/notetab486c.exe
or
http://www.notetab.ch/ftp/notetab486c.exe

The binary weighs in at 1217k. While large by
TinyApps standards, it is an incredibly
powerful editor for both beginners and pros.

It can optionally be installed on a floppy disk
by choosing "Custom Install" and leaving out
the Clipbars and Glossary.

The NoteTab homepage can be found at:
http://www.fookes.com/notetab/index.html

Very impressive NoteTab reviews at epinions:
http://www.epinions.com/cmsw-Web_Building-All-Note_Tab_Software_NoteTab



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Newsletter Issue 10 - Dec 26, 2001

+++NEWS+++

0. Many thanks to each and every one of you for 
making TinyApps so interesting. In the 3 or 4 
months since going online, the website has had 
1,935,263 "hits" and the newsletter now reaches 
folks in 50 countries:

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, 
China, Christmas Island, Cocos [Keeling] 
Islands, Croatia, Cuba, France, Germany, Great 
Britian, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, 
Israel, Italy, Jordan, Malaysia, Malta, 
Micronesia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niue, 
Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, 
Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, 
Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, 
Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tonga, Turkey, 
Turks and Caicos Islands, Ukraine, United Arab 
Emirates, United States of America, Uruguay, 
Yugoslavia.

Peace and blessings to all!

1. An answer to last issue's question about 
moving and resizing windows via the keyboard 
appears below. Please do not email any more 
questions, as a forum will soon be up to serve 
that purpose. Until then, one last reader 
question:

Is there a resolution changer that takes 
command line paramaters like: "resize 16bit 
800x600" which could then be made into a 
shortcut? The reader has already tried Resize 
and Multires but wants something simpler for 
his 4 year old son like, "click on the DUCK 
icon before you put in your CD" or something 
similar.

Please send replies to: answer@xxxxxxxxxxxx


+++NEW APPS+++

Lynx for Win32 [714k] {S}+
http://jim.spath.com/lynx_win32/
Text-based web browser

Message Foundry SE 2.1 [186k] +
http://www.appfoundry.com/downloads.html
Self-contained discussion forum with built-in 
web server. Free for personal use.

Belarc Advisor [565k]
http://www.belarc.com/Download.html
"Generates an HTML profile of everything 
installed on your computer, from your main 
circuit board to software. Version, 
manufacturer, and serial numbers are listed, as 
well as statistics such as available memory 
slots and hard drive space." Free for personal 
use.

MultiRes [98k]
http://www.entechtaiwan.com/
Change screen resolution and refresh rate from 
the tray. With multi-monitor support.


+++MANIPULATING WINDOWS VIA KEYBOARD+++

A kind reader replied to last issue's question 
about moving and resizing windows via the 
keyboard:

1) Use <alt>-<space> to display the pull-down 
function menu for the active window.
2) Press <M>, or use the up/down arrow keys to 
select "M)ove".
3) The keypad arrow keys will now move the 
window, in steps of (I think) 10 pixels per 
step.
4) For finer control, use <ctrl>-<arrow key> 
combinations to move one pixel at a time.
5) Press <Return> when the new window location 
is suitable, and you're done.

(NOTE: If you press <Esc> at this point instead 
of <Return>, the window snaps back to its 
previous location.)

Resizing is similar, but you can only resize 
one edge of the window at a time with the 
keyboard (i.e., either width or height, but not 
both simultaneously).



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