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We, the authors and maintainers of GOLDEN'S WEBWATCHERS Web site do not test, rate, evaluate or check for viruses any of the listed programs. We do not guarantee, or accept responsibility for, the accuracy of program descriptions or the functionality of any program. Programs are downloaded, installed and used at the users own risk. We do not offer any technical support for any software listed on the Site. We do not store any program files on our server. We provide links only to a Web page, software file and E-mail address of the program author/publisher/company, where these details are available. All questions should be directed to the respective program author/publisher.


We provide an index to FREE programs and databases commonly found on public access Bulletin Boards around the world and the Internet. The list includes Freeware,Public Domain software. These are programs and databases for which no fee is required for use by you as an individual. Freeware, and Public Domain are terms often mis-used. The correct definitions are listed on this page. Most of the programs in this will be found on the internet. We encourage you to download them. We make available huge list of Freeware so you can download them. We add new entries whenever we find them.


Among the most prominent people in the computer world, past and present, are those programmers who allow us to use their programs at no cost. Writing software and distributing it via Bulletin Boards with no request for payment, they enable everyone to share the fruit of their knowledge, the benefit of their discoveries, and the spirit of generosity that defines a person's character. GOLDEN'S WEBWATCHERS founded in 1998, honors these people and to encourage other programmers to follow in their footsteps. The list of files is never complete. It will grow every week as we attempt to catch up with the hundreds of fine people who represent the hobby side of the PC world, and the generous side of human nature. Some of the best programmers in the profession, software writers sought after and employed by the most advanced governments and industries in the world. The Freeware they write commonly reflects the highest level of concept and execution.These pages published are devoted to Freeware. All these programs work. All are free. Nearly all are commonly available on public access Bulletin Boards. We can recommend them as programs that do the job for which they are intended.


These files are indexed to make these freeware programs easier to find, but locating the current version on the internet can require a search.

FREEWARE DEFINED


The Freeware listed here at GOLDEN'S WEBWATCHERS, refers to programs or databases that an individual may use without payment of money to the author. Commonly the author will copyright his work as a way of legally insisting no one change it prior to getting his approval. Commonly he will issue a License defining the terms under which his program may be used. With Freeware there is no charge for the license.

PUBLIC DOMAIN


Other Freeware is in the Public Domain, which means the author donated his work to the public and retains no ownership rights. No fee can be required for the use of PD programs, though a humorous request for author support might drift into the Docs.

WHAT'S NOT FREE?
SHAREWARE AND DEMOS!


Shareware is not Free. Shareware is fee ware, commercial software sold on the "try before you buy" plan. It's like testing a product for a few weeks to see if you like it. If you keep it you're expected to pay for it.

Shareware got its name because at the beginning the programs were free and if you registered, the author would advise you of updates to the software. The cost of that led to registration fees, and they were followed by fees imposed if you continued to use the program after trying it. Most Shareware released today requires a fee for use, though there are many authors loyal to the original concept.

Using Shareware marketing, many superb programs are made available at far lower cost than software marketed in stores or by mail order.


SHAREWARE DOWNSIDE


Shareware always asks for a fee for continued use of the program and the author says so, usually in a professional way. A few authors aren't professional and show that when discussing payment. They lose sight of the users who pay and fixate on those who don't. In their Docs they insult you and damage the Shareware industry.

Shareware works on an honor system in a world where there is more Shareware than honor. Not every author can handle that, and some respond by displaying their own personal failings.



They will cripple the Shareware. You get only a limited version of the program until you buy it. They put delays and more than one payment request in the program which only go away when you purchase a registration number. Some simply quits working if you don't buy it soon enough.

Some Shareware gives you bonus features when you register which some people resent. They extend the term crippled to include Shareware that doesn't have all the author's bells and whistles. That's an extremist position. We think true bonuses coming with registration, such as adding extra functions to working software as QWKMail creator Mark Herring of SparkWare did, are a legitimate business gimmick. Shareware IS business. Getting people to pay is no easy task.

Some Shareware authors have no head for business. We found one who offered a $100 reward for the name of anyone using his $10 program who didn't register it. We wonder how many people called to turn themselves in and claim the reward.

Perhaps the most damaging thing in Shareware are the few authors who are unreliable or dishonest. We've seen examples of each. Send them your registration money and they keep it and never respond, or respond months later.

Two well-known Shareware writers are legendary for not following through on registrations. Buyers throw good money after bad phoning their "support Boards" asking for a registration key and never hear a thing.

Non-payers can also use these programs and never register, for which the authors have themselves to blame.


$0 COST SHAREWARE


There is one form of Shareware that is free for individual use. Authors usually call it $0 Shareware. It meets our definition of Freeware for individuals and is included in our collection.

 GOLDEN'S WEBWATCHERS excepts ALL forms of Shareware because it makes good sense for software users and for software authors seeking payment. Here's why.


DEMOS


Something free but not Shareware or Freeware is software demos sent to Bulletin Boards. A demo is a program that will stop working or cause problems on a PC if used beyond a trial period. They are the product of commercial software authors asking the Shareware community to market their products.

Demos guarantee a user will pay for the program if he continues to want it, which some authors find attractive. Every demo represents a product that might have been Shareware, but isn't. Demos are a threat to the Shareware concept and for that reason, most sites refuse to carry them. Demos are thoroughly commercial with no sharing involved. They can be a source of income to sites who recognize they are entitled to be paid to carry them.


ECONOMICS


Retail marketing means higher price than Shareware for the same functionality. The higher price comes from the mark-up to cover distribution, marketing, and a profit at each step of the way. Buyers pay for those but they add not one line of code to what the author wrote.

Production, flashy packaging so it can be seen on the shelves, advertising so we will hear of it, and marketing to get it included in the store inventory - those are major chunks of the sales price even if the software is sold at deep discount. Everyone who adds something also adds to the cost of what the author produced. The end buyer pays for it all.

No economies of scale or mass production can alter that, though they and competition may keep the price from bulging. No matter how deep the discount, the cost to sell through retail channels means retail can never approach the value of Shareware.

With Shareware the only one paid is the author. There is no advertising, packaging, or marketing. Distribution is donated free by sysops, by callers passing uploads around the Boards, and by Shareware disk distributors with their catalogs. The savings translates to rock-bottom price for software that can be as good or better than what's found in stores.

Nearly every retail store and mail order program has Shareware and Freeware equivalents. Not uncommonly the equivalents are better but that's something you have to prove for yourself, as others did. For example, software from a BBS can be updated and distributed on short notice - overnight - and at no cost, so Shareware authors are usually the first to be in step with advances in new hardware, first to take advantage of new DOS or Windows capabilities when operating systems are updated.

Both Shareware and Freeware are available on Bulletin Boards.

PIRACY

Programs sold through retail stores are never available on Bulletin Boards.
GOLDEN'S WEBWATCHERS  want no programs in its download directories that aren't supposed to be here, and screens programs carefully. Should something slip through that shouldn't be here, we would like our visitors to tell us. All visitors including first-timers can see and access all our download links pages, and directories.

FREEWARE


Freeware authors often show a sense of humor. They also frequently provide the source code so other programmers can customize the program and build on it.

VIRUSES & TROJANS


Many viruses and trojans can't be spread by a BBS. For example the Michelangelo virus so prominent in the press is only spread by booting an infected diskette, and BBSs don't use diskettes. As insiders know, Michelangelo was spread through brand new shrink-wrapped retail software.

Some viruses are introduced when disks go through mass duplication during manufacture. Open the shrink-wrap, run the program, infect the harddrive. Brand new pre-formatted disks can be infected that way, since even a "blank" formatted floppy contains code any programmer can learn all about. Disks sent out by businesses such as advertising agencies should always be checked before running them. The company has no intent to harm. They don't know the disk is infected. They don't check.

Because Bulletin Boards are nearly the ONLY industry to check everything for viruses and trojans they have become the single safest source for software. We protect callers from getting damaging downloads from us, but only the caller can guard himself against infected diskettes.

We recommend running a virus check on every floppy placed in a drive no matter where it came from. It was a professional consultant who spread a virus in our town a few years ago, doing great harm to his clients who turned on their computers March 6 when Michelangelo activates and promptly lost everything on their harddrives.

There are more than 5,000 recognized virus strains. Fighting them and the sociopaths who write and distribute them has created an international industry of virus fighters. The best anti-virus programs are equipped with retrovirus code to combat viruses designed to disable anti-virus programs. Some virus checkers have a heuristic mode which allows searching for code strings which act like virus code. These programs can find a new virus making an appearance for the first time.

It's all a massive waste of resources, as only illness and war can waste resources. Fortunately, there are excellent Freeware anti-virus programs.


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