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For Immediate Release

Bill Ritcher
Guiffy Software, Inc.

Guiffy Software Receives highest rating of excellence

-- First Software Provider to Win an "Excellent Rating" on all Three Platforms --

ESCONDIDO, CA, December 9, 2002
Guiffy Software, the leading cross-platform Compare/Merge software provider, today announced that its Guiffy 4.7 for MacOS X received the Tucows Inc., highest "5-Cow Rating" for excellence. This 3rd "5-Cow Rating" awarded to Guiffy builds on the previous "5-Cow Ratings" awarded to Guiffy Software for its Guiffy 4.7 for Windows and its Guiffy 4.6 for Linux. Guiffy Software's advanced visual source file/folder & tree Compare/Merge utility dramatically reduces the time, effort, frustration, and risks involved when concurrent changes need to be merged/updated.

In researching its company records, Tucows, a leading provider of Internet services on a global basis, announced that this was the first time in its company history that any software product has been reviewed and received its highest prestigious rating the "5-Cow rating" from Tucow's editors for all three (Windows, Linux, and Mac OS) platforms.

"Our customers have often commented to us on how easy our Guiffy cross-platform Compare/Merge utility is to install and use, how powerful and advanced our "SureMerge" is compared to others, and how responsive we are to their input, and this 3rd award from Tucows clearly supports those customer comments" said Bill Ritcher, CEO and President of Guiffy Software., "We are extremely pleased with the results of the Tucows reviews and the praise received from both new and our existing customers for the Guiffy 4.7 Release which included many customer requested enhancements."

"It was very exciting seeing a developer use Java to develop a cross-platform application so effectively," said Scott Swedorski, Editor-in-Chief and founder of Tucows., "To our knowledge, Guiffy is the first multi-platform application to receive 5 Cows for all versions."

The Guiffy Software Compare/Merge utility is available for all Java capable platforms. And, with its un-matched smart "SureMerge" technology, Guiffy makes the task of merging and upgrading as easy and safe as possible. For example, one of Guiffy Software's customers reported "it will save me hours (if not days) of pain the next time I have to merge my own (application) repository with the latest (community source)."

"We were excited after receiving our 2nd Tucows "5-Cow Rating", but being awarded the 3rd for the Mac OS platform was extremely rewarding and shows the dedication of our entire staff at Guiffy Software to deliver a widely accepted product," said Eric Geis, Director. "We at Guiffy are clearly the driving force and innovators in the area of compare/merge technology and its cross-platform deployment."

About Guiffy Software
Since early 2000, Guiffy Software has been providing its advanced, award winning, compare/merge software from its web site. Research and development leading up to Guiffy's launch began in 1997. The Guiffy product is developed in Java and, with a Swing-based interface, adopts the "Look and Feel" of each user's system.

The Company provides a full range of Customer Support, starting with free-trial downloads, email, user groups, and live knowledgeable support personnel. Guiffy is used around the world by collaborative communities in more than 15 countries on an endless variety of platforms. Guiffy's user interface is available in English, German, Spanish, French and Italian. Guiffy supports users with "unusual" source files such as product developers in Israel working with Hebrew text and professionals in Asia using scripts such as Hanzi and Kanji.

Guiffy Software, Inc. is a privately held company based in Escondido, CA, U.S.A. For more information on Guiffy Software, please visit

About Tucows Inc.
Tucows Inc. is a leading provider of Internet services to Internet service providers (ISPs) and Web hosting companies on a global basis. Launched in 1993 as a software download site, Tucows now provides outsourced domain name registrations through its network of more than 5,000 resellers in more than 100 countries.

An ICANN-accredited registrar, Tucows offers domain name registration services in the generic top level domains (gTLDs) .com, .net and .org; the new gTLDs .info, .name and .biz; country code top level domains (ccTLDs) such as .tv,,, and .us; as well as multilingual domain names in more than 70 foreign language character sets. Tucows also offers e-business products and services such as digital web certificates to its international network of resellers.

Tucows, which earned its name early on for being the first to provide software on a "freeware" or "shareware" basis, now offers 30,000 software titles through its network of more than 1000 partner sites globally, providing users with fast, local downloads.

In August 2001, Tucows merged with Infonautics, Inc., a leading Internet information services company and provider of online information sites. The company will continue to be quoted on the Over the Counter Bulletin Board as maintained by Nasdaq under the symbol "TCOW." With the merger Tucows has acquired the search and reference media site:

Tucows Inc. is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has an office in Flint, Michigan. For more information about Tucows, visit .

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