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Monday, October 21, 2002
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Freeware one up on Hotmail
Raman Mohan

E-MAIL messages do not necessarily have to be dull and drab text messages. There are freeware that let you add background pictures and music files of choice to the messages. However, many e-mail service providers do not allow such files to be displayed on their pages. E-mail creations is one such freeware that allows to do all this.

E-Mail Creations

The programmer of this freeware created this as an answer to Hotmail.com refusing to display background pictures on their e-mail pages. The program then evolved into a distributable application. Here is some helpful information on using this program. To configure the program you have to enter the host, user name and password. The host entry is for your SMTP host address. Most SMTP hosts require a user name. Place SMTP user name on this entry. Finally place the SMTP password in this entry. There is a drop-down for host selection. Every time you type in host name that is not on the dropdown menu it will be added to the menu upon sending the e-mail. The program has a drop-down menu for "To Address" selection too. Every time you type in a "To Address" that is not on the drop-down address book menu it will be added to the menu upon sending the e-mail. There is a drop-down menu for "From Address" selection also. Every time you type in a "From Address" that is not on the drop-down identity book menu it will be added to the menu upon sending the e-mail. You can add music files to your e-mail messages. This program has been tested with MIDI, WMA and MP3 files for music. The author prefers WMA files because you can compile them into a fraction of the size of a MP3 file. You may use the 16bit, 16khz and Mono settings for compiling MP3s into WMA files. To add music to the drop-down menu in the program; select options menu then click the music directory button and drag/drop your music file in the music directory. Reload the e-mail creations program and your file will be added to the drop-down menu. Image files can be added too. The author has set the view table in the program at a 750 pix width. He suggests that you do not use a picture width of more than 800pix width. For best results use a picture at 755pix - 800pix width and 640 height. To add pictures to the drop-down menu in the program; select options menu then click the image directory button and drag/drop your picture file in the image directory. Download from http://terance.d.mccutchen.net

ICEOWS V4.10

This freeware is used to compress or extract archive files easily. With ICEOWS (Interface de Compression Ergonomique pour WindOWS) you can extract, test, read properties and comments or view files stored in ICE, ARJ, ZIP, GunZip, TAR, Microsoft CAB, RAR, ACE, MIME, Mac HQX, UUEncode, XXEncode, Base64, JAR, EAR, WAR, LHA, IMP and BZ2 files without any external program. If the archive is an ICE, ARJ or ZIP, you also can add, update, delete files stored in the archive. It integrates all these functions in the same interface that Windows 9x, Me, NT or XP explorer have. You can test it as a replacement for Winzip or other similar programs. If you donít like it, you can uninstall it by opening the control panel. On the start menu, choose Settings->Control Panel. Then open "Add/Remove Programs". Find the control panel called add/remove programs and double-click it. Select ICEOWS and click the button marked Add/Remove. As simple as that. ICEOWS has been tested in all versions of Windows 95, 98, Me, NT 4.0, NT 2000 and XP. Download available from www.iceows.com