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Newsletter May 21, 2002

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There are forms to fill everywhere!

Filling forms is an obligatory step when ordering, subscribing, carrying out administrative formalities etc. This is as true in everyday life as on the Net. What Internet user has never found themselves faced with a form to fill or a password to enter at one moment or another? It's always the same thing, you have to type in the same information over and over… A fastidious task, and a time-consuming one too.

Don't panic, we have what you need in our Ali Baba's cave! How about the software that makes up the family of “form-filling agents”? It saves you the trouble of entering your personal information dozens of times when filling in on-lines forms. You enter your information once and for all, and can retrieve it easily when you need it. This type of agent remembers the different forms that you submit and can then fill them automatically for you; what's more it can store your usernames and passwords.

All that is left for you to do is to try out the benefits of these agents that take the hassle out of life when browsing the Web.

You will find a number of agents to download and test at:


> Chatterbox Challenge Update
May 31 is the cut-off date for choosing the 12 bots that will go through into the play-offs, based on the public vote, the 10 Questions and the logged conversation. Then the expert jury members will grill each finalist during an intensive conversation, before selecting the overall winner. Which bots will make it through to the play-offs? You only have 10 days to evaluate and vote for the bots!
Profiles of the botmasters and the members of the jury:


>> Search engine <<

> The Sleuthhound
Do you ever have trouble remembering where you saved that particular document on your computer? The Sleuthhound will seek it out for you! The Sleuthhound is a personal search engine for your hard disk, giving you instant access to all your documents. Enter a keyword, and the results are displayed in your browser. Your information is now only one click away!

>> Chatterbots <<

> Personality Forge
Personality Forge is an Artificial Intelligence Community where users can create AI Personalities called Bots who independently exist, chatting with real people and other Bots, making friends and memories. With the easy-to-use interface and guide, build the brain of your own chatterbot, program its emotions and reactions. Chat to other members of the community, and use the forums to share tips on how to improve your bots!

> Virtualspeaker
With the gradwerk virtualspeaker software you can easily set up natural language agents for your website. For a live example, see Norma-Jean, the female virtual guide on the gradwerk website, who helps you navigate the site and answers questions about gradwerk. Norma-Jean speaks German only.

>> Accelerators <<

> TweakMaster
TweakMaster is easy to use and requires no special computer knowledge. It promotes faster Internet browsing and download speeds by carefully and intelligently tweaking various 'hidden' Windows settings. The Optimization Wizard will walk you through some recommended settings using several different "optimization strategies". After that you may wish to experiment with some other settings on the Optimization screen to obtain the fastest possible connection.

>> Privacy <<

> BrowserLock

BrowserLock is a next-generation combination of a personal Internet portal and Web access filter. With BrowserLock, you can create personal maps for users to navigate the Internet that only you, the password holder, can modify. And you can be confident that access will be blocked to any web-site not on these lists.

> SurfSecret

SurfSecret helps protect your privacy from employers, family, friends, or anybody else using your computer.

>> Popup filters <<

> PopUp Protector
PopUp Protector is the powerful tool to stop annoying popup windows. It stops any annoying unsolicited pop-up windows including those popups when you are closing some web pages.


> US family gets health implants
US doctors have implanted chips into the arms of a Florida family containing their medical histories in a controversial new programme that doctors hope may one day become standard practice. The chips could also be used to contain personal information and even a global positioning device which could track a person's whereabouts, leading to fears the chip could be used for more sinister purposes.


> Sinope Summarizer
Sinope Summarizer is the summarizing tool for professionals. It fully automatically generates summaries of arbitrary texts, while retaining images, formatting and page layout. The Sinope Summarizer uses advanced language technologies to determine what the text is about and which information elements are important.

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