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This program reduces crashes!
From carl ballew on 17 August '00
Below is an exerpt from an e-mail I received 2 or 3 days ago. Below
describes me and my computer, so I downloaded this thing and tried it,
and so far it seems to work. If so, it is going to relieve me from
resetting my computer 2 or 3 times a day! And it's only $15.00!

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... Software Review

Since the beginning of recorded history, the human race has always
sought the unobtainable. The Holy Grail, the fountain of youth, the
silver bullet, the miracle pill - a day without the dreaded Window's
Blue Screen of Death, or worse yet, the distinct impression you are
now looking at nothing more than a screen shot of what used to be a
responsive and functional operating system.

Having been a faithful Windows user (like I really had much of a
choice until recently) since it was first released, and having tried
almost every software program that claims to monitor and prevent
Window's crashes, I do believe I have found a $15 solution that works
far better than First Aid, Norton Crash Guard and all the rest - and
it doesn't even claim to be for this purpose.

Release RAM is a small program that constantly monitors the amount of
available RAM on your system. Sure, we all know Windows is notorious
for using too much RAM and memory leaks. Add to that all the third
party applications that load huge DLLs into RAM and then leave them
there even after the application is terminated - but I had no idea
how bad the situation was until I could see it happening in real time
- constantly updated right in my task bar.

I must admit I push my Windows 98 machines pretty hard. Most only
have 128 MB of RAM which you would think would be more than enough as
long as I not messing with full length pirated DVD movies or
something. Anyway, after installing the trial version of Release Ram,
I was amazed to see how much of my available RAM was used - and never
returned - during the course of opening, using and then closing the
various programs I use throughout the day. Its not uncommon to see a
newly launched program take 10 - 30 MB of RAM. But to see it only
return 1 -5 MB when its closed gets a little discouraging. Do this a
few times with various programs and you soon find Windows acting very
strangely (or not at all) because it simply does not have any
available RAM to use to do whatever it is that Windows does.

Before installing Release RAM, I would experience a total Windows
crash at least once per day. On many days such crashes were a
constant companion. After installing Release RAM and setting up some
of its many automated functions, I sat back in amazement about a week
later to realize that I had not experienced a single Windows crash
since firing up this little gem of a program. I have my copy set to
launch with Windows, wait 60 seconds after all those nasty little
Terminate and Stay Resident programs load - then to automatically
free up at least 88 MB of RAM. I also have it set to check every 30
minutes and make sure I have at least 64 MB free, and if not, to make
it so. If my system every drops below 5MB of available RAM, the
program automatically jumps in and frees up all the available RAM
that is not being currently used by the programs I have open.

Well, being very busy and all that, I let my trial version go past
its 30 day evaluation period. I was automatically notified of this by
the program which also informed me that many of the automated
monitoring features were now disabled. However, the one feature still
intact was the ability to right-click on the little Release RAM icon
in the System Tray to automatically release my designated 88 MB of
RAM. I used this feature often as I watch the amount of available RAM
drop like a thermometer in the Arctic the more I used my machine.

Then, after 60 days of the trial version all features were disabled
except the little Task Bar area that displays the amount of available
RAM in real time. I watched in horror several times as I noticed my
RAM had gone down to less than 1 MB (although I had closed all open
programs) and I mistakenly launched yet another program. Kaazam! Man,
I could swear my keyboard and mouse used to do something here - after
waiting about 5 minutes for some kind of life from Windows, I
resorted to the old reset switch.

Jeez, I never thought I would want or need another company's software
product so bad that I would send a personal Email to the developer
begging him to get out of bed and sell me an unlock code - like now!

The Release RAM web site makes no claims about greatly reducing the
number of Windows crashes, but if I had the time, I would love to do
a benchmark test because I know I personally have had about 95% fewer
crashes, slow downs and weird goings on since installing this
program. I would highly recommend this product for anybody using
Windows 95, 98 or NT 4.0. A Windows 2000 version will be available
very soon. You can grab a free trial version (but don't wait until
you have to go begging to register it)

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