Vic Laurie
   Is free stuff any good?   What’s the catch?   Are there any problems?   What does “free” really mean?   Is it safe...
   “Freeware is not a cheap or second-class option - it    can often be functionally superior to equivalent    commercial...
   Internet browsers    ◦ Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera   Blogging software and content management    ◦ Drupal, Joomla,...
   Some authors create software simply to help    others and/or to enhance their reputation   Some authors hope you will...
   Limited features   Software may be buggy   Interface may be very minimal and hard to    use   Not as polished   Li...
   Some programs are actually free with no    strings   Donationware   Nagware   Trialware   Crippleware   Adware  ...
1.   Find out what is available2.   Find out how good it is3.   Find a reputable and safe source4.   Back up system5.   Do...
   Download from reputable sites only   Check with anti-virus before installing   Check with program like Malwarebytes ...
   Computer software and utilities   Office suites   Music   Video   eBooks   Games   And much more
   Avast! (May try to install Chrome browser}   Microsoft Security Essentials   Panda Cloud Antivirus   Avira AntiVir...
   Picasa - Photo management   Paint.NET - Photo and picture editing   7-Zip – File archiver   Avidemux – Video editor...
   Softpedia - http://www.softpedia.com/   Snapfiles http://www.snapfiles.com/   FileHippo - http://www.filehippo.com/...
   IrfanView   7-Zip   Replicator   Notepad++   FileZilla   TrueCrypt   MalwareBytes   Microsoft Security Essentia...
   Music    ◦ http://freemusicarchive.org/    ◦ http://www.mahalo.com/how-to-download-free-      music/    ◦ http://limew...
   http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-    pc-games.htm    ◦   Jigsaw puzzles    ◦   Online games    ◦   Sudoku    ...
   200 Free Outstanding Online Classes    ◦ http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/200-      free-outstanding-online-cla...
   Many PC users need never spend another    dime for software after they get their new PC    (or tablet or phone)   Be ...
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Cheap Computing

  1. 1. Vic Laurie
  2. 2.  Is free stuff any good? What’s the catch? Are there any problems? What does “free” really mean? Is it safe? What free stuff is available? Where do I get it?
  3. 3.  “Freeware is not a cheap or second-class option - it can often be functionally superior to equivalent commercial software and even of higher quality.” The Open Source - http://sourceforge.net/ Many substantial free programs from major companies Many excellent small programs from individuals or small businesses
  4. 4.  Internet browsers ◦ Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera Blogging software and content management ◦ Drupal, Joomla, Wordpress Web site management ◦ Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP Office suites ◦ OpenOffice, LibreOffice Adobe Flash and Reader
  5. 5.  Some authors create software simply to help others and/or to enhance their reputation Some authors hope you will be generous and donate a few bucks Authors can earn a living by customizing and supporting their software Some free programs have big brothers that the authors hope you’ll buy Some programs are free for a while and then become pay applications But sometimes there is a problem
  6. 6.  Limited features Software may be buggy Interface may be very minimal and hard to use Not as polished Limited support Software may install unwanted additional programs Software may actually be malware
  7. 7.  Some programs are actually free with no strings Donationware Nagware Trialware Crippleware Adware Foistware Malware
  8. 8. 1. Find out what is available2. Find out how good it is3. Find a reputable and safe source4. Back up system5. Download and check file with antivirus6. Install
  9. 9.  Download from reputable sites only Check with anti-virus before installing Check with program like Malwarebytes (http://www.malwarebytes.org/products) Check online at VirusTotal (http://www.virustotal.com) Back up system before installing anything
  10. 10.  Computer software and utilities Office suites Music Video eBooks Games And much more
  11. 11.  Avast! (May try to install Chrome browser} Microsoft Security Essentials Panda Cloud Antivirus Avira AntiVir AVG Antivirus Discussion and download links at http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free- anti-virus-software.htm
  12. 12.  Picasa - Photo management Paint.NET - Photo and picture editing 7-Zip – File archiver Avidemux – Video editor KMPlayer – Video player Audacity – Audio editor
  13. 13.  Softpedia - http://www.softpedia.com/ Snapfiles http://www.snapfiles.com/ FileHippo - http://www.filehippo.com/ MajorGeeks - http://www.majorgeeks.com/ CNET – http://download.com (Requires you to install their proprietary downloader)
  14. 14.  IrfanView 7-Zip Replicator Notepad++ FileZilla TrueCrypt MalwareBytes Microsoft Security Essentials LastPass Sysinternals
  15. 15.  Music ◦ http://freemusicarchive.org/ ◦ http://www.mahalo.com/how-to-download-free- music/ ◦ http://limewire.groove-stream.com ◦ http://www.mp3raid.com/ eBooks ◦ http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/50- places-free-books-online.htm#genre_pages  Actually now has 464 places
  16. 16.  http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free- pc-games.htm ◦ Jigsaw puzzles ◦ Online games ◦ Sudoku ◦ Board games ◦ Children’s games
  17. 17.  200 Free Outstanding Online Classes ◦ http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/200- free-outstanding-online-classes.htm 425 Free Online Courses from Top Universities ◦ http://www.openculture.com/freeonlinecourses MIT ◦ http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm
  18. 18.  Many PC users need never spend another dime for software after they get their new PC (or tablet or phone) Be cheap and enjoy the world of freeware!  THE END
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