October 10, 2006
Dear CNET members,
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This week's hot topic:
What's your favorite
Ridiculous amounts of tiny software applications are out there for download. But with so many choices, who knows what's good and what's not? After reading Download.com's Best bang for the byte and asked, "What's your favorite tiny app?," many of our members chimed in to share their favorites.
"This new version (now 30 percent larger), is far more effective than the previous, very good 1MB version. Unlike Hijack This, it doesn't pick up dozens of perfectly legitimate..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member caseybobBelarc Advisor
"Great little application that gives a complete rundown of system resources, and all your hardware and software. It even gives the serial number of your motherboard..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member j2960ePrompter
"Looks after all of my e-mail programs. Monitors up to 16 addresses. Scans regularly and lets me know when e-mail has been received. Brilliantly simple, amazingly reliable..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member Morty 101Speak Up!
Which tiny app do you consider tops? Is there just one or a variety of tiny apps that you always use to make your computer experience the best it can be? Here is your chance to tell us about your favorite download apps of less than 1MB.
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Vendors Symantec and McAfee have looked into the future and realized that people may one day speak of them in the way that we now speak reverently of Netscape's early builds. This time, history's on their side; court cases and commissions have found Microsoft guilty of past antitrust violations, and now the security vendors are using these to argue their point. Are security vendors really threatened with extinction because of Microsoft Windows Vista, or is this some big marketing push to get Symantec and McAfee in the news?
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