Peter Lairo



This web page is a kind of place for me to talk about the things I do in my free time (usually after everyone has gone to bed). It will mostly be about computers or politics. We'll see...

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Some great programs for you (my favorites)

All the programs below are either free, or are so good, that they are easily worth the measly few bucks they cost.

Web Browser

Mozilla Firefox (

Firefox empowers you to browse more safely and more efficiently than with any other browser. Join more than 200 million others and make the switch today. Firefox imports your Favorites, settings and other information, so you have nothing to lose.

Firefox is completely free.


Mozilla Thunderbird (

Thunderbird makes e-mailing safer, faster, and easier than ever before with the industry's best implementations of features such as intelligent spam filters, built-in RSS reader, quick search, and much more.

Thunderbird gives you a faster, safer, and more productive e-mail experience. It is designed to prevent viruses and to stop junk mail so you can get back to reading your e-mail. Read on to find out more about the reasons why you should use Thunderbird as your e-mail client.

Thunderbird is completely free.

Word Processor

LibreOffice (

LibreOffice is better than Microsoft Office. LibreOffice includes: word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing, math formulas, and database. It can read and write to Word, Excel and Powerpoint. It's native format is "OpenDocument" and can be read by any other program.

LibeOffice is completely free.

File Management

Total Commander (

Copy/move/delete files, ZIP/unZIP, edit text files, FTP client, etc. Looks just like the clasic Norton Commander.

Total Commander is shareware, but it only has a nag-screen at startup. There are no other restrictions.

Image Viewer

IrfanView (

View, edit, resize, manipulate and convert photos with ease.

IrfanView is completely free.