Ever think there’s got to be a better way to use the Internet? Wish you could organize all those bookmarks so you know what you’ve saved? Need immediate ways to track and organize contact information? Want to browse offline or search automatically? No problem. Take a look at TUCOWS, a massive software distribution site aimed at enhancing your Internet use. TUCOWS (an acronym for The Ultimate Collection of Winsock Software) provides the most recent releases of virus-free Windows and Mac software designed to make your use of the Internet easier, faster, more organized and yes, even fun. All software is reviewed, checked for viruses, and categorized according to its use. All the software is downloadable and available as either freeware or shareware – so you can try it before you buy it. Perhaps the two most relevant categories for Internet recruiters are “Browsers and Accessories” and “E-Mail Tools.” The first category includes extensive listings of bookmark tools, browser add-ons and searchbots. The email category includes email add-ons and spam-fighters. Using TUCOWS is simple. Go to their home page and choose the region you’re in (US, Canada, Europe, etc.) Then select a location that’s close to you within that region – that’ll take you to a mirror site, saving you download time. Once connected to one of these mirror sites, choose your machine’s operating system. You’ll be brought to a page listing the categories of programs you’re looking for. In addition to those mentioned above there are also utilities, security tools, connectivity enhancers and more. Don’t worry if you’re not up on the latest software names. Choose your programs by what you want them to do and then use the TUCOWS rating system to figure out which is best for you. A five-cow rating is best; it signifies an easy install and uninstall, documentation and help files, and does what it says it will do. While TUCOWS also awards three and four cows for perfectly decent software, we tend to stay away from them. After all, we’re not software experts and TUCOWS is. Why use anything less than the best?

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Jennifer Hicks, a seasoned Internet researcher who writes extensively on the use of the Internet for job hunters and recruiters, is a contributor to AIRS research. The AIRS Search Guide acts as your personal trainer, guiding you through our Advanced Internet Recruitment Strategies (AIRS) in a highly illustrated offline magazine. Each issue is full of new sourcing strategies, search examples, step-by-step procedures, and AIRS latest research for finding high-value passive candidates on the Internet. Contact AIRS at searchguide@airsproducts.com


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