Free CAD software for home use – ProgeCAD 2009

November 7, 2009

I was with a customer yesterday, fixing their PC, and they showed me a program they were using called ProgeCAD 2009.

It is a Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) program very similar to AutoCAD LT. But where AutoCAD LT costs many hundreds of pounds, this program is free for non comercial use (you can make a donation to charity if you like the program).

They also do a professional version for business use, and that is far cheaper than AutoCAD.

ProgeCAD can be downloaded at

Thanks for your software recomendation Stuart. If any other customers know of a very good PC program that is free, or offers exceptional value, let us know and we will post details on our Website.

ASL Computer Services
01788 298034



Google Wave

October 20, 2009

There has been a great deal of hype about Google Wave and how it may replace e-mail as we currently know it. The Beta testing invites are slowly being released to the general public, but Wave is a difficult concept to understand and get to grips with initially.

Here are two good videos on what Wave is, in plain english.

ASL Computer Services

ASL Computer Services opens shop on eBay

January 20, 2009

We have just opened up an eBay shop, which will be selling various computer related items; Desktop PC’s, Laptops, Peripherals,  Software, & printers.

Some items will be auctions, starting from as little as 99p, and other items will be “Buy It Now” at a fixed price. The shop will be “stocked up” over the next one to two weeks, so please drop in and take a look at

Chris Moody
ASL Computer Services

AVG Free Edition

May 31, 2008

For a number of years now we have been recommending AVG Free edition as the ideal Anti Virus product for the average home PC user. It has many advantages over other Anti Virus products:

* It is free of charge for home PC users
* It does not consume lots of memory and processor power, so is ideal for older less powerful PC’s
* It is very effective at protecting your PC from Viruses

Recently AVG released a major update to their AVG products. Those with the paid for AVG products will automatically be upgraded to the new version, but the AVG Free users will have to upgrade manually. The existing AVG Free Version 7.5 will not receive any virus database updates after 31st May 2008, so users of the old free product will need to uninstall version 7.5 and install the newer version 8.0 as soon as possible to ensure continued full virus protection.

Some of our customers have had some difficulty in finding the download link for the new AVG Free Edition program so we have put a link to the download on our webpage. Just go to our website and you will find AVG Free Edition V8 under the “useful links” section on the right hand side of our web page.

Please note that the AVG Free edition is only for home PC users. Business users, or home PC users requiring more advanced virus & spyware protection, should consider the paid for AVG Anti Virus and AVG Internet Security products. We are an authorised AVG reseller so can supply these paid for products if you require them (you can purchase and download via our website, or we can visit you to supply and install these products). However, the average home PC user will find the basic AVG Free version will give perfectly adequate protection from Viruses.

Chris Moody
ASL Computer Services
Computer Support and Repair for Small Businesses


May 25, 2008

We recently found a useful utility called “ClipMate”, from Thornsoft Development. Normally the Windows Clipboard only holds the last entry copied into it, with prior entries being lost forever. Clipmate keeps all your clipboard entries in it’s own internal database, to be available for subsequent retrieval. Clipmate also lets you manipulate the enties in the clipboard.

Here are just some of the powerful features of Clipmate:

·         ClipMate Remembers everything that you cut or copy to the clipboard.

·         It works with all Windows programs that work with the clipboard.

·         Searchable database can hold THOUSANDS of clips, in Text, RTF, HTML, and Bitmap format.

·         “Shortcuts” place commonly-used clips within easy reach for quick re-use.

·         PowerPaste™ feature helps you quickly paste a series of clips, or break apart complex data by comma, linebreak, etc.

A 30 day trial of Clipmate can be downloaded from and the full program costs around thirty five USdollars, under twenty pounds sterling.

Chris Moody
ASL Computer Services
Sir Frank Whittle Business Centre, Great Central Way, Rugby CV21 3XH


Windows Vista

April 6, 2008

Back in February we wrote about Windows Vista and how we thought it was still too early to adopt this new Operating Systems for any serious PC use. The update to Vista, Service Pack 1, which was supposed to fix the many bugs, and speed up the slowness of Vista, seems to have made little difference.

I found this blog entry today that asks if Microsoft are trying to quietly kill off Vista by extending support for XP, and announcing the replacement for Vista (Windows 7) will be launched sometime in 2009. It looks like Vista will be around for less than two years before it is replaced.

Our advice at ASL is to still stick with XP as the Operating System for your new PCs. Hopefully “Windows 7” will be more successful than Vista.

Chris Moody
ASL Computer Services
If you have a PC problem, ASL can fix IT

Firewalls for Windows PC’s

September 23, 2007

 A few years ago firewall products such as Zone Alarm were very popular, and rightly so, as they protected your computer from external attack. Then when Windows XP Service pack 2 was introduced the operating system included it’s own built in firewall, so everyone tended to forget about firewall products. However, hackers are getting more devious. More and more people are on broadband and leave their PC on all the time (just waiting to be attacked by a hacker who wants to empty your bank account).


We have been looking at some of the firewall products available and they have improved a lot in the last couple of years. Both “Comodo Firewall” and “Kerio Personal Firewall” are impressive products, far more sophisticated that the Windows XP built in firewall, and they offer a good level of protection. The best part is Comodo is totally free, and the Kerio product comes in both free and paid for versions (the free version looses some the the more advanced features after the initial 30 day trial).

You can download these programs below



Chris Moody
Specialists in Computer support for Small Businesses and
home PC users in Northamptonshire and Warwickshire


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