Back in 2004, I ran into a website full of great free stuff. Naturally, I downloaded and tried a lot of it. The site is DavidPye.com, and today I’ll tell you about one of my favorite freebies from David’s site.
The Smiley Vault is a 3mb download containing nearly 1800 smiley gifs of all kinds. These free animated gifs are quite entertaining, although most of them are fairly small by today’s standards. The gifs are completely safe to use. That’s refreshing, since finding free smileys online can be dangerous for your PC’s health. Many links to free smileys and other images will lead you to evil websites that try to infect your computer with spyware and trojans.
The gif package must be installed, but the installer only unpacks the files where you want to place them. It doesn’t make any changes to the Windows registry, but it does create a convenient entry in your Start menu.
To find the smileys you want to use, you can open the Vault from the Start menu, or the index.htm file that comes with the gifs. It gives you a nice interface to view them in, and will work in any web browser. Here’s a screenshot.
That’s not all there is at David’s site. He has much more. If you go there, be sure to check out The Price of Freedom. It’s a diary of his father’s 3 year trial as a Japanese prisoner of war during World War II. The story is awesome, and it’s a reminder of how much we owe to the men who fought, were wounded and died during those times.
Techie Buzz Verdict:
This free offer of nearly 1800 free smiley gifs is well worth the download. They can be used anywhere, in your email or in forums and blogs posts. I would have liked these better without an installer, but I won’t complain.
Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)