FREE SOFTWARE AND SERVICES

FROM THE INTERNET

 

SUMMARY:

 

      I.    Free software versus free services

           
     II.    Preparing a computer for free software and services

 

    III.    Free anti-virus/anti-malware software

            instead of paying for commercial anti-virus/anti-malware software

 

    IV.    Online computer training

            from the World Wide Web for free

 

     V.    (Slow) Dialup Internet access for free 

 

    VI.    "LibreOffice.org" and other software or online services for free

            instead of paying for "Microsoft Office"

 

   VII.    Karaoke software and online karaoke for free

 

  VIII.    Online file storage for free

 

    IX.    Webcams and related free software and services      

 

     X.    More free software for your computer

 

    XI.    More free online services from the World Wide Web

 

 

         I.       Free software versus free services

 

            A.   Free software runs in your computer and

                  it can run even when your computer is not connected to the Internet.

 

            B.   Free services require an active Internet connection for your computer.

 

 

     II.    Preparing a computer for free software and services

           

            A.   Install "Adobe Acrobat Reader".

 

                  During the installation, uncheck and do NOT accept the

                  "Google Toolbar" or any other toolbar that it tries to get you

                  to accept.

                  If you prefer another PDF reader, you can install it instead.

 

            B.   Run the free "PC Decrapifier"

                  OR

                  for each item of trial software ("nagware") and expired software                          remove it manually using one of the following methods:

                  1. run the unwanted software application's "Uninstaller"

                  or

                  2.  remove unwanted software from

                      "Add or Remove Programs" in the "Control Center"

                        in "Windows XP"

                        or "Programs and Features" in the "Control Center"

                        in "Windows Vista" or "Windows 7".)

                  or

                  3.  remove the unwanted software with the free

                      "Revo Uninstaller Freeware" software application

 

 

     III.    Free anti-virus/anti-malware software

            instead of paying for commercial anti-virus/anti-malware software

            When deciding between the free and non-free versions of

            anti-virus/anti-malware, look carefully at the software developer's             description of the differences in features between the free and

            non-free versions of their software.

  

    IV.    Online computer training from the World Wide Web for free

 

     V.    Dialup Internet access for free 

 

            A.   Dialup Internet access by means of a modem

                  will be at data rates of between

                  24 kilobits per second and 56 kilobits per second.

                 

                  1. This is very slow:

                     

                      Even the slowest "broadband" Internet connection

                      is about 1.5 Megabits per second.

                     

                      (24,000 + 56,000) / 2 = 40,000 bits per second average for dialup

                     

                      1,500,000 / 40,000 = 37.5                

                     

                      A broadband connection will be about 37 times faster

                      than a dialup connection to the Internet.

                     

                    (You might prefer to use the free wireless Internet

                      access at a Pima County Library branch instead

                      of dialup Internet access. See

                      http://www.library.pima.gov/services/computers/wifi.php )         

 

                  2. You can use free dialup Internet service

                      as a free way to get on the Internet.

                 

                  3. You can use a dialup Internet service as a backup

                      method to get on the Internet when your cable or DSL

                      "broadband" Internet is temporarily "down".

 

            B.   Before, installing dialup Internet, prepare your computer by following

                  the advice at

 

            C.   "Netzero Free Version"

                  from "United Online" of California

           

            D.   "Juno Free Version"

                   from "United Online of California"

 

 

     VI.   "LibreOffice" and other software or online services for free

            instead of paying for "Microsoft Office"

 

            A. "LibreOffice" software

 

            B.  Other office productivity software

 

                  1. "Abiword"

                       is a great free substitute for "Microsoft Word".

 

                 

                  2.     "SoftMaker Office 2006 for Windows"

                       is a free alternative for "Microsoft Office" that uses less

                       hard drive space that "OpenOffice.org".

                 

                  3. "OpenOffice.org" software has been available as a free

                      alternative to "Microsoft Office" since May 2002.

.                    

            C.  Online Web-based services instead of "Microsoft Office"

                  To use these online services, your computer has to have

                  an active Internet connection:

 

                  1. Google Docs

                      at

                      http://docs.google.com

 

                  2. "Microsoft Live Office"

                      at

                      http://workspace.officelive.com/en-us/

 

                  3. Zoho

                      at

                      http://www.zoho.com

 

 

   VII.    Karaoke software and online karaoke for free

           

            A.   Karaoke software

 

            B.   Online Web-based karaoke

 

                  1. "Divtune's Albums" at the Vimeo Web site

                      at

                      http://www.vimeo.com/user336607/albums/sort:name

                 

 

                  2. "Red Karaoke" Web site

                       at

                       http://www.redkaraoke.com

 

 

                  3. "Karaoke Play" Web site

                      at

                      http://www.karaokeplay.com

 

 

                  4. "Karaoke Haven" Web site

                       at

                       http://www.karaokehaven.com 

                 

 

                  5. "Cantanding" Web site

                       at

                       http://www.cantanding.com               

 

  VIII.    Online file storage for free

           

 

            A.   "ADrive"

                   provides 50 Gigabytes of free file storage.

 

            B.   "Google Docs"

                   provides storage for about 5000 files.  

 

            C.   Microsoft's "SkyDrive"

                   provides 25 Gigabytes of free file storage.

 

            D.   "IDrive"

                   provides 2 Gigabytes of free file storage.

                   If use them, you have to download and install their software

                   into your computer. This software then automatically,

                   periodically copies your data files from the hard drive of your

                   computer to your storage space at the "IDrive" Web site.

           

            E.   "My Picturetown"

                   provides 2 Gigabytes of free file storage.

 

            F.   "Box.net"

                   provides 1 Gigabytes of free file storage.    
           

            G. "AARP.org"

                   provides 1 Megabyte of storage for photos

                   and 1 Megabyte of storage for videos.

 

            H.  "Mozy" data file backup and storage service

                   at

                   http://www.mozy.com
                   If use them, you have to download and install their software

                   into your computer. This software then automatically,

                   periodically copies your data files from the hard drive of your

                   computer to your storage space at the "Mozy" Web site.

 

            I.    "Wuala" storage service

                   at

                   http://www.wuala.com

                   provides 1 Gigabyte of online storage for free

                                       

    IX.    Webcams and related free software and services 

 

            A.   "Yawcam" motion detection alarm

                    to protect your home or business

                    For step-by-step instructions see

                    http://aztcs.org/meeting_notes/winhardsig/yawcam/yawcam.html            

           

            B.   "Ustream.tv"

                    lets you view any Webcam that you

                    attach to your computer from anywhere in the world.

                     

            C.   "Ugolog"

                    uses your Webcam to record "motion events"

                    that occur in your home or business.   

           

            D.   Additional information about webcams

 

           

                     

     X.    More free software for your computer

 

 

            A.   Backing up your entire computer for free

                 

                  To recover from a massive software failure or virus infection,

                  you can periodically back up your entire C: internal hard drive to an

                  external USB or eSATA hard drive.

 

                  1. Macrium Reflect Free Edition

 

                 

                  2. Clonezilla

 

 

            B. Software for doing file conversions

 

                  1. "Any Video Converter Freeware"

 

 

                  2. "XnView" image file converter

                 

 

 

                  3. "ImgBurn"

                       to convert between CD/DVD image file formats

                       See also

                       http://pcsupport.about.com/od/fileextensions/tp/free

                       for more details about the capabilities of "ImgBurn".

 

                  4. "PDFSAM"--"PDF Split and Merge" software

 

                  5. "MyMorph" Electronic Document Conversion software

           

            C.   "Audacity" software for editing sound files

 

                 

            D.   Clocks and timer software

 

            E.   Diagnostic software for a Windows computer

 

            F.  "Fax and Scan" applet in Windows computers

 

            G.  Free software for Macs

 

            H.  "GnuCash" instead of "Quicken" or "QuickBooks"

 

            I.  "ImgBurn" instead of "Roxio" or "Nero"

 

 

            J.  "Magic Jelly Bean Keyfinder" for Windows

 

            K.  Microsoft Software Evaluations

 

            L.  Photo Editing with "GIMP"

 

            M.  Photo Editing with "Picasa"

           

            N.  Printscreen Utilities for Windows computers

 

            O.  Creating Acrobat PDF Files with free software

 

            P.  Splitting or Merging Acrobat PDF files with PDFSAM

 

            Q.  "Recuva" to recover accidentally deleted files

 

            R.  "Avidemux" to convert or edit video files

                  "Avidemux" is a linear editor for video files.

 

            S.   Virtual machine software for free

                  to run a simulated computer inside your real computer.

                  Inside each "virtual machine", you can install and run

                  a separate, real copy of "Windows", Mac OS X", or "Linux".

 

            T.  Zipping software for compressing or de-compressing files

 

 

    XI.    More free online services from the Web