Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Free Desktop Applications And Utilities.

Always wanted desktop extras but not willing to pay a bundle for them? Well, the following utilities are totally free, guaranteed to allow you to work and surf smarter and most importantly, save money at the same time :

Microsoft Office is definitely not cheap these days and if you hardly use Excel, then take a look at OpenOffice. An open-source alternative, OpenOffice is a multi-platform and multi-lingual program with a remarkable lineup of features. Light on system resources, it has all the word-processing prowess of Microsoft Office but without the cost.

NoteTab Light
If you like Notepad as an alternative to Microsoft Word but find yourself wishing for a bit more, consider Notetab Light, a free text editor that handles basic documents and HTML editing tasks with aplomb.
PureText 2.
If you are copying text regularly from Web pages, you should try PureText 2 as it gets rid of formatting, HTML code, and any other stuff you don't need as you copy text to the Clipboard and paste it into other documents.

AceMoney Lite
A financial tool, AceMoney Lite can manage your finances without lowering your net worth. It tracks spending, investments, and bills, and it provides various reporting options.

Managing your personal information could not be easier with KeyNote. It is designed to organize information such as to-do items, diary entries, recipes and project notes without having a need for a full-blown personal information management program.

A really cool program, ATnotes is a utility that lets you drag and drop reminders that resemble sticky notes around your screen. The program also allows you to set reminder alarms and search the text of your notes.

ZipCentral, a smart compression program, could be your one-stop shop for dealing with .zip files. It interacts well with files from other zipping utilities and provides plenty of management options and the interface is easy to understand and use.

Lavalys Everest Home
Want to know details about the hardware installed in your PC? Lavalys Everest Home Edition, a system diagnostic and benchmark tool, delivers details about your hardware, down to the component level.

Belarc Advisor
Belarc Advisor delivers a thorough inventory of all the bits and pieces of software and Windows components installed on your PC as well as some key hardware details. It's a handy tool to have if you ever need to call technical support about a malfunctioning software or hardware product.

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PGP Freeware
If you want to keep your e-mails confidential then consider PGP Freeware's ability to encrypt messages and more. PGP is the gold standard for free personal encryption software.

Panicware Popup Stopper Free Edition
Pop-up blockers are readily available but Panicware's Popup Stopper Free Edition gives you a "privacy report" on the contents of the browser history files, cache, and cookies stored on your hard drive.

WebWasher Classic
Not only does it controls Web advertising content, WebWasher Classic also manages cookies and most notably, blocks access to specific Web sites or makes only certain sites accessible, a function many parents and small businesses will find useful.

When you want to go browsing without dragging along extra baggage, CachePal offers a way to dump your IE cache files, browser history, and cookies quickly. A single click on the toolbar icon dumps any trace of where you've been in seconds.

ScrubXP cleans out temp files and Internet Explorer cookies and history, and also flushes Windows XP's list of files you opened or searched for either on your hard drive or online.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Free Web Browser.

With its market penetration, we sometimes forget that there are other browsers other than Windows Internet Explorer and because of its major share of the browser market, Internet Explorer is especially vulnerable to security attacks. For users tired of IE, there are alternative browsers, all available for free downloads, which are actually much safer and even faster than Internet Explorer.

Experience the Web, Apple style, with Safari. A fast, easy-to-use web browser with elegant interface and loads pages up to 2 times faster than Internet Explorer 7. Features include block-up blocking, tabbed browsing, built-in RSS and a nifty feature called Snapback, which allows you to instantly snap-back to your original search results when you have strayed to far from where you had started. Available in both Mac and Windows version.
Opera comes packed with features that enriches your surfing experience. With Speed Dial, one can access favourite sites faster and security features like Fraud Protection can protect you against stealing of your private information. The built-in torrent link also allows you to download large files without having a need for a separate Bit Torrent application.

Probably the most well known browser after IE and rightly so. An open-sourced browser, Firefox is pack with nifty features that delivers a better Web experience and is definitely much safer and faster than Internet Explorer. Features include tab browsing, search suggestions, Phishing protection, automatic updates and thousands of add-ins to personalise your browser.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Free Utilities For Computer Security.

Computer security software that is available to users for free can be even better than paid versions sold by major software companies. Such software, which are known as freeware, is copyrighted and distributed without cost by developers, who may want to give back to the community. Freeware are also used as marketing tools to draw new users, who might be tempted to pick up the pay-for version which comes bundled with extra features.

For every costly anti-virus software program like McAfee VirusScan or Kaspersky, there is an AVG Free Edition equivalent. Firewalls like Comodo and Sunbelt KPF are all available as free downloads and does as good a job as the paid versions. The following are free utilities essential for safeguarding your computer :

AVG Free Edition
This is an outstanding anti-virus freeware that is very effective in detecting and removing viruses from home computers. Providing real-time protection, it also comes with free database updates and is an easy-to-use program. AVG features resident protection, a virus vault, E-mail scanner and automatic healing of infected files.

Trend Micro HouseCall
An anti-virus tool that lets you scan your PC for viruses, spyware, worms and other digital threats. The program is totally free for download.

Spybot Search & Destroy
An all time favorite of many PC users, this freeware has an "Easy" mode for new users and an "Advanced" mode for professionals. Spybot offers real-time protection against spyware, adware and trojans with permanent blocking of "Active X" downloads. It is also customizable to scan RAM, registry, hard drives and external storage devices. A highly recommended freeware.

Ad-Aware SE Personal
Design to seek and remove adware and spyware, Ad-Aware is one of the most popular choice for home computer users. Even though the free version does not offers real-time protection, it is still an effective spyware and adware removal tool.

Sunbelt Kerio Personal Firewall
A free 2-way firewall that is very effective in keeping hackers out and private information safe. Sunbelt KPF is light on system resources and even though it reverts to "limited' free version after the 30 days trial of full protection, the free version more than adequately protects home PC users.

Comodo Firewall
PC Magazine's Editor's Choice of freeware, Comodo is an excellent firewall and secures against both internal and external attacks. Totally free, effective and light on system resources.

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Monday, July 23, 2007

Free Graphics Software.

Always wanted to get that graphic software but got turn-off by the high price? Well, there are free graphics software available for download in the web and these freeware are as good as the paid versions.
SketchUp 6
A free software by Google, this free 3D drawing tool is highly recommended for architectural and structural drawings. It is very useful for studying perspectives and is a really cool drawing software.

InkScape is an open-sourced illustration software similar to commercial packages like Adobe Freehand and Adobe Illustrator but without the cost. Great with vector graphics, this illustration software is essential for anyone wanting to be a graphic designer.

This is the most popular free drawing software that you can currently find on the Internet and it's quite similar to Adobe Photoshop. Originally popular with manga and comic book artists in Japan, it is now available online in English.

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If you don't want to spend a bundle on Adobe Photoshop and you don't need all its options, then try IrfanView. A compact but powerful image editor, IrfanView lets you modify pictures and other graphics and at the same time, play around with creative effects. The program supports all the major image file formats.

If you want faster-loading web pages, then try this excellent free online utility that can reduce the size and download times of GIF images from anywhere on your hard drive or the web by up
to 90%. You can crunch single GIFs for free (although you'll need to subscribe to crunch whole sites). Their new JPEGCruncher downsizes many other types of images to JPEG format, including GIF, BMP, JPEG, TIFF and other formats.

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Sunday, July 22, 2007

Free Clipart, Icons & Photos Resources.

Looking for clipart and animated images to brighten up your blog or web pages? How about getting royalty free graphics to spice up your presentation or eye-popping wallpaper for your desktop?

Here are some free graphics and clipart resources available in the Web to get that eye-catching and attractive blog or site :
With it's extensive collection of free clipart, this well-designed site offers graphics in many categories, including animations, arrows, banners, buttons, fonts, interfaces, photos,
templates, textures and wallpaper.

An excellent, fuss-free graphics directory that includes various categories of free clipart as well as reviews of other free graphics sites in the Web. A great site that does not pester you with banner ads or pop-ups.

With more than 40,000 free smileys and other emoticons, this well organised site is great for free icons and banners.

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With most the artworks designed and created by Leo himself, this site has a cool collection of free useful and funny graphics, thousands of icons, caps, lines, flags, markers and bullets. Categories include Mozilla icons, butterflies, welcome signs and even construction signs.

With a vast selection of high-quality free photos and other stock images, this site also allows photographers to upload their work here for free. Image categories include animals, architecture, backgrounds, digital art, nature, people, sports, and many more.

This site has a beautiful collection of free high-resolution images, textures, backgrounds, illustrations, digital art, and stock photos, suitable for use in both personal and commercial design projects.

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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Free Headers For Your Blogs And Sites.

The header of a blog or site is probably the first thing that a visitor notices and an eye-catching header not only impresses but also makes the blog looks good. While most of the free blog hosting platforms do provide ready-made headers as part of their templates, one can also download free headers from the Web.
The following are sites that provides good quality header graphics, totally royalty-free and without needing any purchase or sign up. Especially impressive is Freewebpageheaders.com with it's extensive library of free headers.


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Free Stats Meters & Hit Counters.

Statistics meters and hit counters are essential tools for bloggers as they can provide vital information about visitors to sites or blogs. Ranging from simple hit counters, that just capture the amount of visitors a site has, to more advanced statistics meters that can provide detailed reporting, free stats meters and hit counters are readily available in the Web:


Friday, July 20, 2007

Free Blog Hosting & Resources.

A good starting point for this blog in collating the many freebies in the Web will be the free resources available for a popular past time of many - blogging. Besides hosting and setting up your blog for free, many of these platforms also offer free enhancements to help develop and promote your blog.

With the many choices available, certain "must-have" features like ease of use, easily accessible control panel, pre-made customizable templates and the absence or presence of advertisements can help you to decide which platform you choose to host your blog. The following are some of the popular and not-so-popular free blog hosting platforms:

Blogger, a popular service owned by Google, lets you quickly and easily set up a blog using the many available templates or a customised one. Its ease of use, user friendly interface and the many widgets or page elements available for add-in makes Blogger an attractive option for new bloggers. There is also a very active and helpful forum that you can turn to for any issues regarding your blog.

An extremely popular blog hosting platform with about 1.5 million bloggers so far and it's advertisement-free environment is attractive to bloggers who are adverse to advertisements on their blogs. Has very professional looking templates for your blogs.
Live Spaces.com
Windows Live Spaces, part of Microsoft's social networking platform, has several features that allows for greater customisation of an individual's Space. The "Windows Media Player" gadget gives users the ability to play and display music and videos on their Live Space. The "Tweak UI" feature gives users the flexibility to alter the style, color and transparency of certain aspects of a Windows Live Space.

Around since 1999 with about 13 million journals and communities, LiveJournal is a free service for creating blogs and the most distinguishing feature of LiveJournal is the "friends list" which gives the site a strong social aspect in addition to the blog services. Other features include easily customizable templates and self-contained communities.

A relatively new platform, it has all the standard blog features like ease of use, uploading of photos and sufficient templates plus additional stuff like rating of members post.

An easy-to-use free blog and photo album service that offers many handy features, including a WYSIWYG entry editor, spell checker, multiple photo albums, blog search, stats, customized colors and more.

With it's focus on finance and business blogs, Tenner Blog offers hosting and features such as blog promotion help, writing tips and advice on making your blog profitable.

A relatively new free service, it lets you set up your own blog easily and get it up and running in minutes.

This is a free, easy-to-use blog hosting service that is powered by the advanced WordPress system. Blogghost offers instant activation and multiple template designs.

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