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May 2009

MyIE9 2009: Fantastic FAST shell for IE8

MyIE9 2009 screenshot After a few months of fiddling around with Firefox I’m switching back. Don’t know if it’s temporary or permanent. I had become disillusioned with the IE shells out there – Maxthon 3 is now using Webkit (and it’s CRAP, just like Google Chrome), whereas Maxthon 2 was bloated beyond belief and they’re not updating Maxthon 1 anymore. Greenbrowser started behaving weirdly for the wife and I, and so did MyIE (which is Greenbrowser’s little brother). I noticed that MyIE had disappeared from the MoreQuickTools homepage, and I have just discovered a program called MyIE9.

Today I upgraded (finally!) from IE6 to IE8 and boy, is it fast. Coupled with MyIE9 (which itself loads in about a second), I’m back to enjoying the web without having to wait five or ten seconds for Firefox 3 to load. I already set it up as my default browser (clicking links from my email now give me immediate HTML joy). As they say on Yo Gabba Gabba: “Try it, you’ll like it! Try it, you’ll like it! Try it, you’ll like it! Try it, you’ll like it! Try it, you’ll like it! Try it, you’ll like it! Try it, you’ll like it! Try it..” etc.

MyIE9 2009

Outpost Firewall for free! (updated)

image Agnitum’s Outpost Firewall, one of the best firewall programs for Windows, now exists in a free version (minus some features of the Pro version, of course, but it’s still a damn good deal – ten times better than ZoneAlarm and about two-point-seven times better than Comodo).

Features include:
Bidirectional firewall · Protection that can’t be shut down by hackers · Application behavior monitoring · Intuitive, resource-friendly operation · Activity monitoring capabilities · Windows Vista and 64-bit compatibility

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STOP PRESS! (yeah, four days after it’s already been to press. sigh.) Anyway, I have a rule for myself where I won’t erase previous posts, but I need to modify this one as follows. Stupidly I went ga-ga about the software before I discovered the limitations of the free version. You can’t click on any connections and do anything with them, like terminate them etc. The per-connection context menu is completely disabled in the free version, essentially making the firewall read-only! This is pathetic and makes it next to useless as far as I’m concerned, like a viruskiller that doesn’t clean virii. I hereby retract what I said about this tool and advise my readers to go back to Comodo until I find something better. I still stand by what I say re the full version of Outpost though. Just not this version.

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