Free For All

Some Cool Stuff

  • X:drive Client (www.xdrive.com): This is a free program that works with X:drive, a free online storage service. With X:drive on your computer, you'll have complete and easy access to your online files as if they were sitting on your hard drive. That means wherever you are, you'll have access to your files-and, of course, you can also store large files that you don't want sitting on your hard drive. Using X:drive Client means you'll have to sign up for a free X:drive account to get your Internet hard drive (up to 100MB) up and running, but why wouldn't you? The download is short-only six minutes.
  • CrushPop 2000 (http://megasolutions.hypermart.net/CRUSHPOP.HTM): This free program eliminates pop-up windows that can litter your desktop while on or off the Net. Parents and teachers will appreciate CrushPop's ability to control Internet browsing by blocking access to Web sites using keywords and URL addresses. Nothing is really free, however, and users will have to view the ads that pay for CrushPop's free distribution.
  • Media123 (www.adams-blake.com): Adams Blake Publishing focuses on creating affordable, but effective, software programs for small businesses. Media123 is a 20,000-plus contact database of media professionals. Downloadable as a demo (good for 10 days), Media123 costs $129 and includes a media list for mailing your company's press releases.
  • ICQ (www.icq.com): ICQ (I Seek You) is the ultimate instant-messenger: This program lets you communicate with friends and colleagues in real-time. This program (which has been purchased by AOL) is full of features, but the functionality remains the same: to chat and send instant messages, files and URLs. With ICQ, you can track other ICQ and AOL users. You can even take ICQ on the road with your Palm or Windows CE device.

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This article was originally published in the July 2000 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Free For All.

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