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Phone Directory (Canada)
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  Postal Code Reverse Lookup


  LOTTERY INFO:

  Canada.com Lottery Page

 TV LISTINGS:
  Canada.com TV Listings

 

  ONLINE SECURITY:

  Microsoft OneCare Scan

  F-Secure Online Scan

  BitDefender Online Scan

 

  Free backup is finally here.  Mozy Remote Backup.

      
   
 

Click Here for a Great Selection of KID'S LINKS


Entertainment

  Wolfgang's Vault now offering full concert downloads! 

  MUSIC:
  MP3.com - free section

  
The Audio Archive
  Grateful Dead Live
  Etree.org (Great for Beginners)
  Bluegrass Box
  SugarMegs - One of the First!

  Epitonic
  The Free Music Philosophy
  Free Music Web Ring
Sends you to a random Free Music site

 
 

  MUSIC FOR PROJECTS:
  JewelBeat - Royalty Free Music and Sound Effects

   Freeplay -
Interesting Site - lots of instrumental music - Read Terms of Use

 

  TV ONLINE:
  WWI TV - World Wide TV

 

  OLD TIME RADIO:
  RadioLovers - MP3 shows for download

 

USEFUL SOFTWARE:
  Addawav
  MKW Audio Compression Tool
  AceFTP Freeware

  Flac
  Winamp
  Real Audio (& Video) Player
  Furthernet
  ShnAmp (Winamp Plugin)

  ONLINE STREAMING RADIO:
  RadioTuna
  GrooveShark
  Last.FM
  Live365
  Shoutcast

  MOVIES:
  MovieFlix - Watch Movies Online
  Internet Archive - Moving Images

  Internet Archives - Feature Films

Musicians Resources
 

  GUITAR:
  Chordbook.com -
(Tuner, Chords, etc.)
  
Online Guitar Tuner & Chords
  Online Guitar Tuner
  Downloadable Tuner
(Needs Microphone)
  Guitar Lesson World

  Slide Guitar Basics  - and more

OTHER RESOURCES:
  Ezfolk.com -
(Banjo Ukelele, Harmonica etc.)
  Ron Good's Harp House -
Harmonica
 

  BASS:
  Online Bass Tuner
(5 & 6 String)
 
Bass Lessons - From the guys who invented electric Bass

  KEYBOARDS:
  Online Piano Lessons

  More Piano Lessons

  Violin/Fiddle:
  Online Violin Lessons

  Online Fiddle Lessons

  BLANK SHEET MUSIC:
  Print Blank Sheet Music

  More Music Papers - pdf and Posctscript

  SHEET MUSIC:

  Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
  The Free Sheet Music Directory

  The Mutopia Project
  TABLATURE:
 

  Tablature Explained
  MetalTabs
  JayBuckey - Mostly Traditional

 Comox - Courtenay Regional Information

  MUNICIPAL:
 
Town of Comox
  City of Courtenay

  GOVERNMENT:
 
Human Resources Comox Valley
 
Municipal Dist. of Comox-Strathcona
 
Comox First Nation


  BUSINESS:
 
Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce
 
Comox Valley Economic Development Society
 
Comox Valley Film Commission
 
Canadian Western Bank

  POLICE & PROTECTION:
 
Island District RCMP
 
Comox Valley CrimeStoppers

 
Emergency 911 Service
  Canadian Coast Guard
 
ST Joseph's General Hospital

  CHURCHES & RELIGIOUS:
 
Comox Valley Unitarian Fellowship
 
Courtenay Foursquare Gospel Church
 
Tilopa Buddhist Centre

  ENVIRONMENT:
 
Comox Valley Water Pollution Control
 

  NEWS & MEDIA:
 
Courtenay Comox Valley Record

  RECREATION & SOCIAL:
 
Comox Valley Community Foundation
 
Comox Valley Naturalists Society
  Comox Valley Sharks
  KaLuMa Canid Rescue and Assistance
  Shire of Cragmere (SCA)
  Comox Valley Amateur Radio Club
  Courtenay Youth Music Centre
 
Comox Valley Dahlia Society
 
BC SPCA Comox Valley
 
Courtenay Rotary Club

  Rotary Club of Comox
  Rotary Club of Strathcona Sunrise - Courtenay

  SCHOOLS & EDUCATION:
 
Comox Valley School District
 
Comox Valley International College

 
Comox Valley Christian School

  SPORTS & RECREATION:
   
Comox Valley Road Runners
  Comox Valley Cycle Club
 
Comox Valley Minor Softball Association
  
Comox Glacier Wanderers
 
Comox Valley Baseball Association
 
Comox Recreation Department
 
Comox Valley Ultimate Players
 
Comox Valley Minor Hockey Assoc.
 
Courtenay Fish & Game Club

  TOURISM, TRAVEL & ATTRACTIONS:
 
Comox Valley Tourism
 
BC Ferries - Comox-Powell River
 
Comox Valley Transit System
 
Comox Valley Airport Commission

 
Comox Harbour marina
 
Courtenay Airpark

 
Van/Island Travel & Tourism Guide
 
Strathcona Provincial Park

  EVENTS:
 
Filberg Festival
  Vancouver Island MusicFest
 
  MUSEUMS & LIBRARIES:
 
Comox Air Force Museum
  Cumberland Museum & Archives
  Vancouver Island Regional Library
 
Courtenay Museum


  HISTORY:
 
Comox Valley History
 
  MILITARY:
 
19 Wing Comox
 
Comox Military Family Resource Ctr.

 
407 Marine Patrol Squadron

British Columbia Information

  GOV'T OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
  BC Government (Intergov)
 
BC School Districts

  
  BC Road Reports 
  Atomic Clock Time BC 
  BC Municipalities 
  BC Movie Listings

  BC Newspapers 
  BC Libraries  
  BC School Districts 
  Tourism BC

  BC Weather 
  Satellite Views

British Columbia EZGuide Communities

  Abbotsford
  Comox Valley - Courtenay
  Cranbrook
  Dawson Creek
  Fort Nelson
  Fort St. John
  Hudson's Hope
 
  Kamloops
  Kelowna
  Kimberley
  Langley
  Nanaimo
  Nelson
 
  Parksville
  Port Alberni

  Prince George
 
Prince Rupert
  Qualicum
 
Quesnel
 
Salmon Arm
  Smithers
 
Telkwa
  Vancouver
  Vernon
  Victoria

  Williams Lake
  Winfield

Canada Information

    CANADIAN GOVERNMENT:
  Government of Canada
  RCMP (police info)
  Canadian Business Service Centres
  Hansard Online
  Gov't Budgets
  Programs & Services
  Financial Assistance/Entitlements
  Senators & Members
  Canada Information Office
  Federal Departments
  Human Resources (HRDC)
  Public Service Commission
  Wildlife & Resources
  Customs & Revenue
  National Library
  Canada Post
  Health Canada
  Parks Canada
  Forest Service
 
Social Research
  Consumer Information

  CANADIAN RESEARCH:
  Canadian Legal Info 
  Ministries of Education
  Business & Consumer Info
  First Nations Info
  Genealogy & History Links
  Mental health Info
  Exchange Rates
  CIA World Factbook (Canada)
  More Politics & History
  Forts Of Canada
  More Science & Education
  Heritage, Culture & Entertainment
  Facts on Canada
  Learning Information (Canlearn)
  Canadian Education on the Web
  Foreign Policy Research 
  Canada (Studyweb)
  Canada Quick Reference
  Information by Subject
  Parks Canada (Related Links)
  Early Canadian Online
  History Channel
  The Native Canadian

 

 OTHER USEFUL SITES:
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  Television Stations
  Publications Online
  Environmental Organizations
  Tourism Links
  National Atlas of Canada 
  Banks & Business Info
  Unions
  Royal Canadian Mint
  Well Known Canadians
  Company Securities Filings
  Canadian Health Network
  Agriculture Links
  Canadian Associations
  Aboriginal News (Windspeaker)
  Labour Market Information 
  Virtual Religion Index

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The Reference Section

  MORE SEARCH ENGINES:
  Ask Jeeves   Bing  Dogpile 
  Excite  All The Web  Hotbot
  Yahoo  Search.com 

  LIBRARIES:
 
Another Canadian Library Index
  National Library of Canada
  NLC Electronic Collection
  Early Canadiana Online
  US Library of Congress 
  WWW Virtual Library 
  Gutenberg Project 

  
  META-REFERENCE:
 
TheFreeDictionary.com 

  Reference Desk.com 
  The Awesome Library
  The InfoMine 
  Martindale's Reference Desk

  FIRST AID/Health/Medical:
  BioMedSearch
  Merck manual (Home Edit.)
  MedLine Prescrip. Drug Info
  Pets & Animals: Health Links
  Mental Health Info (excellent)
  Mental Health Info (Canada)
  Alternative Medicine (lots!)
  Doctors Guide (research) 
  Gray's Anatomy 
  Another Anatomy Site


The above info is NOT intended to replace proper medical advice from qualified professionals. ALWAYS obtain qualified professional advice.

  FREE EDUCATION:
  Free Education Net 
  Free Language Lessons
  Learn2.Com
  Pink Monkey 
  How to Do Stuff
 

  MORE GENERAL INFO: 
  How Stuff Works
  The Wayback Machine

  10,475 Calculators
  Math Calculators
  Internet FAQ's
  How Things Work
  Technical News   
  First Nations Info
  World Religions
  

  MAP SITES:
 
World Atlas.com
  GraphicMaps.com
  National Atlas of Canada
  
National Geographic Map Machine

 

  GENEALOGY:
  Rootsweb
  FamilySearch.Org
  FamilyHistory.com
  Ancestry.Com

 
MORE RESEARCH SITES:
  Employment Sites
  Canadian Legal Info 
  World Legal Info
  Currency Converter
  RCMP (police info)
  Language Translator
  More Language Translators
  Global Statistics 
  Statistics Canada 
  About.com

System Security
KEEP YOUR SYSTEM & DATA SAFE & SECURE

CounterSpy

  SPY-WARE PROTECTION:
  CounterSpy - In our opinion it is one of the best available, but it is not free.
  SpywareGuard
  SpywareBlaster
  Spyware Terminator


  SPY-WARE REMOVAL & DETECTION:

  Ad-aware
  SpyBot Search & Destroy
  SpyChecker
  Scumware Detection & Removal

  SECURITY & ENCRYPTION:
  Note: Use these utilities with care. If you forget the password you choose your system may be unbootable and/or data may be lost.
  CompuSec
May cause a false positive from some AV programs after installation. Read THIS before installation of CompuSec.
  MaxCrypt
  PGP info/files
  PGPdisk (freeware version)

 

  FREE ANTIVIRUS:
  Whichever AV program you choose,
  keep it updated!
  Microsoft Security Essentials
  AVG FREE Anti-Virus Program
  AntiVir Antivirus Program  
  Avast Home Edition
  Comodo AntiVirus
  Symantec Virus Removal Tools
  Collection of Removal Tools
 
Excellent Virus Tutorial

  ONLINE VIRUS SCANS:
 
Scan your PC with these free online scanners. Use as a "second opinion" to ensure that you are free of viruses.
 
Trend Micro Online Virus  Scan
  Panda Online Virus Scan
  BitDefender Online Virus Scan

  WINDOWS UPDATES:
  Windows Update Page
  Keeping Windows updated is a very
  important step in protecting your
  system.

  VIRUS ADVISORY: 

  FIREWALL:
  ZoneAlarm Firewall 

 
Comodo Firewall

  FIREWALL TEST: 
  Shields Up Online Security Test

  POP UP STOPPERS:
 
Pop This
  Pop Up Test   

  PRIVACY:
  IE Privacy Keeper 2.0

  BACKUP:
 
Cobian Backup
  Comodo Backup
  Uranium Backup
  Easus Todo Backup

 
Your data is only as safe as your most recent backup, and a backup means that your data is in TWO places.

Software -  Freeware - Shareware - Commercial-The Essentials

 

Category

Commercial Programs

Free Alternative

Comments

Office Productivity Suite

Microsoft Office

OpenOffice.org

A full Office Suite - Very Good

 

 

Microsoft Office Web Apps

Requires Free Signup

 

 

Google Apps (Free Edition)

Requires Free Signup

Word Processor

Microsoft Word

Abiword

Great basic Word Processor

Remote Computing

LogMeIn Pro

LogmeIn Free
An EZGuide« Canada First Choice 

Easy to use - and fast!

 

Symantec PCAnywhere

Mikogo

Great for helping others

 

ShowMyPC

 

 

 

RealVnc

The grandaddy of free remote computing

Anti-Virus

 

Microsoft Security Essentials
An EZGuide« Canada First Choice

Excellent protection

 

AVG Antivirus Free Edition
Basic AntiVirus Program

 

 

 

Comodo Antivirus

Excellent protection but a little more difficult to use

 

 

AVAST 4 Antivirus Home Edition

 

 

Bitdefender Free Edition

 

 

 

AntiVir AntiVirus Program 

 

 

 

PC Tools AntiVirus Free Edition

 

AntiSpyware

SUPERAntiSpyware

Very Good

 

Counterspy

Spyware Terminator

Very Good

 

 

SpyBot Search & Destroy

Very Good

 

 

Ad-Aware

Very Good

Software Firewall

ZoneAlarm Free Edition

 

Backup Software

Symantec BackupExec

Cobian Backup

A personal favorite

 

 

Comodo Backup

 

 

 

FBackup

Simple to use - good wizards!

 

 

GFI Backup

 

Hard Drive Imaging

Macrium Reflect

Macrium Reflect Free Edition

Now there's no reason not to image your drive

 

Symantec Norton Ghost

EASEUS Todo Backup

 

 

 

EASUS Disk Copy

 

 

 

DriveImageXML

 

Hard Drive Partitioning

Acronis Disk Director

Easus Partition Master (Free Edition)

Partitioning made easy

Internet and Hard Drive Cleanup

Window Washer

IE Privacy Keeper 2.0

Wipes your tracks

Graphics Program

Adobe Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro

Photoscape
An EZGuide« Canada First Choice

Easy to use and lots of features

 

 

The Gimp

Most powerful but has a learning curve

 

 

Photofiltre or Pixia

 

 

 

PhotoPlus 5 Graphics Software

 

Graphics Viewer

ACD Systems - The makers of ACDSee 9 Photo Manager

Irfanview

A terrific viewer

Zip Utility

Winzip

7-Zip

 

Zip Utility

 

ZipGenius

 

Acrobat .pdf file Creator

Adobe Acrobat

Cute PDF

 

 

Adobe Acrobat

Primo PDF

 

CD/DVD Burning Software

Ahead Nero

DeepBurner or CDBurnerXP Pro

Both are very good

 

 

ImgBurn

ISO creator & reader - Excellent!

DVD Software

CyberLink PowerDVD 8 - Supports HDMI

AVS DVD Player Free Edition

 

MP3 / Audio Player

 

Winamp

 

 

 

Songbird

 

Audio Editor

GoldWave

Audacity

Very good

Real Audio Player

 

RealPlayer or Realplayer Alternative

 

Quicktime (mov) Player

 

QuickTime or Quicktime Alternative

 

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Alternative Operating Systems & Free Software Sites

  LINUX Software:  Linux is a leading contender / alternative to Microsoft Windows and a lot of fun.  Give it a try - it's free!!

 
The best linux distro we've found:
 
 
The next best:
 
 
 
The flashiest linux distro:
 

 Great for netbooks!!
 


  More Linux Distributions:
 

 
  The FreeDOS Project:
  FreeDOS.org

 MORE:
 A cool article on alternative Operating Systems

  INTERNET HELP:
 
How The Net Works (animated)
  Learn The Net
  Internet Scambusters

 MAC Software Sites:
  Pure Mac
  MacWare


  KID'S FREEWARE:
 
Freeware for Kids

  PC Software Sites:
   Snapfiles (FW & SW)
       (excellent security section)
   NoNags (freeware) 
   FreewareHome (freeware)
   Music Related Freeware & Shareware

  FREE GREETING CARDS: 
  FreeWebCards

 FREE ONLINE EMAIL:  
 
Hotmail
 
Yahoo
 GMX.COM - An EZGuide« Canada First Choice

  FREE ONLINE GAMES
  FreeArcade.com 
  Yahoo Games 
 
Free Puzzles
  CleverMedia Games

Computer & Technical Information

Some of the information and software in this section has the potential to cause serious problems and data loss if used without proper skills. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK!!

 HIGH SPEED INTERNET TWEAKS:
  SpeedGuide.net

  MODEM INFORMATION:
  Modemhelp.org
 
Modem Help - Excellent!
TechDictionary.com

   YOU MIGHT NEED THESE:
  Bootdisk.com (& more!)
  VBruntimes
  Device Drivers
  WinDrivers.Com
 
 
UTILITIES LINKS:
 
Snapfiles - One of the best sites
  Major Geeks

  PC Magazine Utilities
  Maximum PC Utilities

  TECH HELP/INFO:
 
Tech Support Guy
 
The Free Site - Tech Links

  Tech Support Forum
  Ask Leo

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