I have just tried to download a useful sounding programme - from a link in a novel. Unfortunately for me it turns out to be for Macs only and I have a PC. Here's the quote, from a rather good book called The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Steig Larsson:
"The family was so extensive that he was forced to create a database on his iBook. he used the Notepad programme (www.ibrium.se), one of those full value products that two men at the Royal Technical College had created and distributed as shareware for a pittance on the Internet. Few programmes were as useful for an investigative journalist."
Yes, the web link is in the novel.