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Free Downloads for Web Building Projects

Written By: andrew - Feb• 02•12

Browser Additions

A Slew of Firefox Addons – Need a Firefox extension to replace your existing web development tools or to add something new to your browser? Take a look through this extensive list of webmaster related extensions.

FTP Clients

FileZilla – One of if not the most popular open source FTP client out there today. Highly suggested solution for your file transferring needs.

CoreFTP – Another awesome free and paid FTP program that features site file transfers, auto try failed transfers, one click transfers, keep alive functionality and more.

WYSIWYG Editors

Nvu – It is the open source version of the web site editor that used to come with Netscape. It has been improved upon though by the open source community and has become on of the better free site editors out there.

Alleycode – Alleycode is like a mash up of your traditional text and WYSIWYG editors. Well worth checking into if you need the quickness of WYSIWYG but the advanced feeling of a text editor.

KompoZer – If you like the look and feel of Nvu but you are looking for a few more bells and whistles then please check out KompoZer. They refer to themselves as Nvu’s unofficial bug-fix release for a reason you know. Great WYSIWYG editor!

Trellian WebPage – This freeware download features an intuitive interface, importing, color highlighted HTML editor, meta tag editor, drag and drop editing, a built in spell checker and more.

Amaya – A web editor with style, Amaya is a tool that focuses on creating documents for the Web. With integrated preview and editing tools it is a tool that can not be overlooked.

SiteGenWiz – A web site creator for HTML novices and people who don’t want to hassle with learning how to code a web page.  All you have to do is type out your site content, and then format it the way you want it to look.

HTML Editors

Code Lobster – Looking for a one of a kind web site HTML editor?  Look no further than Code Lobster.  Code Lobster, PHP edition is perfect when it comes with working on a number of different web site scripts written in PHP.

PSPad – If you work with your web page code as plain text, but you would like an editor that delivers more than your standard notepad does, PSPad deserves your attention.

Notepad Light – This freeware feature support for multiple document editing at once, capable of editing huge files, text drag and drop editing, auto-correct and tons more.

Notepad++ – An excellent replacement for Notepad and will help you with your HTML coding issues. It supports WYSIWYG editing, syntax highlighting, and more.

Matrix Y2K – A good alternative HTML editor that features HTML Tidy, Documents manager, Tag Library for PHP and HTML, quick access to commonly used tags, and lots more.

Quanta Plus – Linux only application that gives you a solid HTML editor designed around your needs and not the needs of the common desktop application.

HAPedit – PHP, HTML and ASP editor that is free to use for any and all. Has a tabbed interface and all of your basic coding tools.

Image Galleries & Tools

Active Pixels – A great image and graphic editing suit that will not leave you wanting more.  Although it lacks documentation, most of the features are easy enough to figure out.

Web Album Generator – This freeware program takes a series of photos or images you have, allows you to fill in a few titles and descriptions and then export that work to something you can upload to your Lunarpages web hosting account.

Porta – The best lightweight, free, and fast gallery creation tool you will find. Plug in your images and this program will do the rest of the work for you.

Paint.NET – The king of kings when it comes to freeware image editing programs. The best open source photo tool on the planet.

Web Picture Creator – This gallery tool will help you plugin a list of photos or images and output a gallery to upload to your own web hosting space.

Watermark Image – This is a free software tool that makes it easy to add digital watermarks to all of your images, photos, and pictures – all at once.

Misc Free Tools

Windows Live Writer – By far the best blog updater and management tool you have ever laid your eyes on. Perfect free download for any blogger.

Free CSS Toolbox – This free software solution will help you with any of your stylesheet editing, formating and validating to perfection.

Gsitemap – Need to create a Google friendly XML sitemap? Gsitemap is the perfect freeware app to get this done with little to no mess at all.

Cascade DTP – A freeware web design software suit that focuses mostly on creating useful and powerful CSS driven web sites.

CSS Tab Designer – Need a CSS powered tabbed navigation for your site? Style up your lists and get this free download to help.

Web Developer Toolbar – This Firefox addon will give you all the web developer tools you have ever wanted or needed.

Xenu Link Sleuth – This free download will check your web site links and tell you if they are working or not. Must have download for big web sites!

Virus Protection

Written By: andrew - Jan• 17•12

Lately I have been bombarded by viruses that people have brought in on their computers. The Microsoft security 2011 virus that acts like it is protecting your system is a hard one to get off. Once your computer is infected by a virus is such as that it is hard to make it secure where it will not come back again. nearly every virus leaves behind something that will harm your system or security. With that said I highly recommend a very good virus protection program. Microsoft has a very good free virus scanner called Microsoft security essentials. So far in my personal testing it has been very good. it has missed 1 virus on my home pc and a few customers have had a virus get past it. 99 percent of time it is because it is 1 of the viruses that you click on to make it activate. If you do get infected first run your Microsoft security essentials virus scanner. If that does not work you can use another program from Microsoft that works directly off of a web page. I would also run a program called malwarebytes. It is my highest rated anti spyware program available. The best part is that it is free also. If you cannot get the virus off by the 3 things mentioned here you need to investigate further or take it to a technician such as myself. always ask pricing before you take your computer to certain places. Best Buy charged one of my customers 200 dollars to take off a very simple virus. It could have been removed free of charge if they would have downloaded malware bytes. My typical charge is 25 dollars for a virus removal. Some viruses will leave your system so badly damaged that you will need to reinstall your operating system. Always keep your virus protection updated.

If your going to buy an Anti-Virus program I suggest Symantec.

Always keep a backup of your important data such as pictures.

Hunting from a wheelchair

Written By: andrew - Oct• 10•11

Hunting from a wheelchair can be done without much fuss. I have met countless people with disabilities over the years that ended up with them using a wheelchair. Hunting is a common ground where several just stop and no longer hunt. With a few modifications you can be out in the woods pursuing game in no time.

Your injury will be the starting point. If you are a Paraplegic and have full use of your arms and hands your likely already hunting. If you have fingers that do not work there starts the process of finding what will make it work for you. There are devices of all types on the market that may do everything you need but are not always budget friendly.

Using a bent clothes hanger can pull the trigger if your finger cannot move.
With limited use you can always try an EZ-Trigger which reduces the trigger pull to a minimal amount.

Holding a gun or crossbow can be difficult without stomach muscles. Try elevating your chair back some and use your elbow against the arm rest or your knee area.
If that is still too much try and make a brace that goes from one side of your chair to the other that you can use to balance the weapon on. Most chair have spots where things can be mounted on fairly easily with a little work. There are many style available for sale that velcro or attach and detach very easily.

Terrain is my most difficult aspect. Even with a power chair you cannot always access the spot you want. If all else fails call your local Conservation agency and they will attempt to help. Places such as Caney Mountain Conservation Area have people there working for all of us and will be glad to do whatever they can to get you an accessible hunt. Some will even drag a deer out for you and load it. You never know until you ask.

Many states have "Managed Hunts" where disabled hunters can have up to a week in areas to hunt before the regular firearms seasons. Some areas are in animal refuges where the do population control via hunts where x-amount of people draw a tag to go hunting there at a speciffic date. These are typically prized hunting grounds and help is only a call away.

Always attempt to have a buddy with you while hunting or at the very least have a cell phone with reception the entire time.

Got questions? Post a reply and I will cover more areas in detail.