Tic-Tac-Toe on the go.

I think every USB key drive should have a Tic-Tac-Toe game on it for a quick break. There are lots of freeware Tic-Tac-Toe games out there but I decided to find the best one that’s small, free and requires no installation. I came across some versions that are well above 3MB, much too big for such a simple game. The version I like the best is at this page. It’s only 394KB installed and allows you to adjust the level of difficulty so you win every time.
The Tic-Tac-Toe game at this site is slightly larger at 1MB but has dazzling graphics and cool sound effects. When you fire it up, you’ll hear a sound clip from the classic computer flick War Games in which a robotic voice asks, “Shall we play a game?” That’s worth the download right there but there’s good Tic-Tac-Toe action here too.
There you have it, two small versions of Tic-Tac-Toe that don’t need installation and are ready when you are when you need to take a short but intellectually stimulating break.

Tic-Tac-Toe in 3-D.

This is the coolest looking Tic-tac-toe game I’ve ever seen. The familiar X and O pieces have been rendered into wooden blocks that gently fall into a pool of crystal clear water and then float on the surface, moving along with the realistic wave effects. No doubt this is processor-hungry eye candy but if you have a fast enough computer with OpenGL, you’ll enjoy this unique approach to a timeless classic.

Your hard disk as a pie chart.

Scanner is a very interesting freeware tool that scans your hard disk or other media and then draws a concentric pie chart illustrating your folder structure in such a way you’ll be able to see which folders are taking up the most disk space. I’ve never seen a program like this before.
To be brutally honest with you, I found this gem while searching the web for a decent tic-tac-toe game and found the above page that offers Scanner. On that same page is a downloadable version of Gomoku in which you must place 5 pieces in a row to win. You can also play it online as well.
Be sure to check out Z-Paint, also on offer from that same page. It’s a handy tool for creating 3-D shapes for your web site or your next presentation. You can also add 3-D effects to your existing graphics as well.
There you have it. A handy drive viewer, a killer tic-tac-toe variant and a cool 3-D paint program all on the same page. Who knows what useful stuff I’m going to find next when I search for a freeware Chutes and Ladders clone.