The GUIDE To Free Software
Charlottesville, VA - Owning a computer doesn't require spending a
fortune for programs. Software that doesn't cost a dime is available
to do most any job, according to Rey Barry who founded the "Freeware
Hall of Fame" in 1989.
With so many good free programs for DOS, Windows, and OS/2 you can
do practically anything when you know what to look for. Getting them
can be free also, taking a few minutes with a modem. See a program you
want to try? You can be running it 5 minutes later.
Rey's been a real estate broker for 22 years and spent 5 years
chairing the computer committee of his real estate board. He's been
evaluating software since 1984, and found software from Bulletin
Boards and the Internet that can equal anything found in stores, and
is far less expensive. Free, as his fellow Realtors can attest.
When a virus expert told him he was less likely to get a virus from
a BBS than from store-bought software, he was skeptical. So he asked
the cream of the virus experts and 100% of them said yes, it's true.
When he retired, Rey published "The Guide to Free Software." It
names and describes 1,743 free programs and tells how to find them --
and a lot more -- on the Internet and on your neighborhood Bulletin
Board. It also explains what the virus experts told him.
HOMEPC Magazine (10/95):
- termed the Guide "worth its weight in gold"
- featured the book at the top of its BEST BUYS column...
- said: "sometimes you DO get what you pay for."
COMPUTER SHOPPER (11/95) called Rey's Freeware "a treasure trove."
BBS Magazine (5/95) said Rey has "...the finest utilities and
applications available. Many are tools you couldn't find
elsewhere at any price."
From A to Z Freeware ranges from anti-virus programs (a
top-rated free one is updated monthly) to ZipCode bulk mailing
...and hundreds of programs to master the Internet.
- Editors to create your own Web graphics (a FreeHOF specialty,)
- network utilities (some great management tools)
- PC diagnostics (our other specialty)
- loan and investment analyzers
- spell checkers (the best one is free)
- professional legal forms (wills, incorporation, you-name-it)
- 800 number directories including non-published numbers
- personal phone books
- multi-media presentation creators
- simple or sophisticated modem controllers
- conversion programs galore
- FCC channel allocations, from police to fast-food order boxes
Databases include the entire world's telephone area codes; US songs
and composers; up-to-the-minute tour guides to assist in travel and
possible retirement; the U.S. Census from today back to 1630. Even a
breathtakingly detailed CIA Atlas analyzing every country in the world
-- and much more.
Who publishes free software? The US government, companies and
individuals. Microsoft and IBM have a ton of it. PCMagazine has two
tons. There are thousands of publishers around the world. Programmers
are often at the top of the profession. Freeware can reflect the
highest level of concept, execution, and documentation, but it may
not. A guide saves you hours of research and testing.
Our unique Guide has three parts. One lists specific programs in
105 categories. The second lists more than 1,000 Freeware authors.
And don't skip the important Introduction. It tells how to -find- the
programs on neighborhood Bulletin Boards and on the Internet.
Added bonus: expert advice on viruses and trojans. How to avoid
them. We followed it and safely tested more than 10,000 programs
imported from Bulletin Boards and the Internet.