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30 Essential Pieces Of Free (and Open) Software for Windows

30 Essential Pieces Of Free (and Open) Software for Windows
Recently, I received a fresh new laptop from Dell. Upon receiving it, I did the traditional “installation of Windows from scratch” on it to remove a lot of the garbage that is preinstalled on Dells. Then I got really busy installing tons of great software that takes care of pretty much every software need I have. Not only was all of the software free, every piece of it was open source, which means that the code is peer-reviewed; no spyware here! What follows is a list of thirty pieces of software that are the cream of the crop of open source software for Windows. Not only is every piece of it free, almost all of them directly replace expensive software packages. Now, if only there were an open version of The Sims 2, I might go the whole way and switch to Linux… Thirty Free and Open Software Programs Worth Downloading 1. Replaces Internet Explorer If you haven’t switched to Firefox for your web browsing needs, do it now. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Replaces AIM, Windows Messenger, etc. 8. 9. 10. Dia Related:  Lessons

Research Beyond Google: 119 Authoritative, Invisible, and Comprehensive Resources Got a research paper or thesis to write for school or an online class? Want to research using the Internet? Good luck. There’s a lot of junk out there — outdated pages, broken links, and inaccurate information. Using Google or Wikipedia may lead you to some results, but you can’t always be sure of accuracy. And what’s more, you’ll only be searching a fraction of all of the resources available to you. Google, the largest search database on the planet, currently has around 50 billion web pages indexed. Do you think your local or university librarian uses Google? Topics Covered in this Article Deep Web Search Engines | Art | Books Online | Business | Consumer | Economic and Job Data | Finance and Investing | General Research | Government Data | International | Law and Politics | Library of Congress | Medical and Health | STEM | Transportation Deep Web Search Engines To get started, try using a search engine that specializes in scouring the invisible web for results. Art Books Online Business

The complete list of Windows Logo keyboard shortcuts When it comes to keyboard shortcuts in Microsoft Windows 7, I admit to being a bit of a novice. I fall back on the menu system or, now that it is available by default in Windows 7, I use the search box located on the Start Menu. But, as the following list shows us, there are definitely opportunities for increased efficiency within the matrix of keyboard shortcuts. One of the more powerful, and probably least used, set of keyboard shortcuts involves the Windows Logo key, which is common on most keyboards packaged with a Windows-based personal computer these days. Table A lists the keyboard shortcut combinations associated with the Windows Logo key and what each combination will do. Take a good look, because there may be a key combination or two you can use regularly that will make your computing life just a little more efficient. Table A - Source Microsoft Also read: Mark W.

Find Open Source Alternatives to commercial software 11 Free And Useful Open-Source Alternatives For Designers Don't Forget to participate in a contest where you can win an amazing e-Commerce template from TemplateMonster. We have lots of commercial software available to use on different platform to complete our different work, but they are not free and sometime we do not able to purchase. Don’t worry about it, today we are listing here 11 Free And Useful Open-Source Alternatives For Designers in which most of them are cross-platform. You are welcome if you want to share more Open-Source Alternatives For Designers that we have missed here and you think our readers/viewers may like. Jahshaka Alternative: Adobe After Effects Jahshaka give you the power of movie editing and effects in open source environment. CinePaint Alternative: Adobe Photoshop CinePaint is used to retouch feature films and in pro photography. Amaya Alternative: Adobe Dreamweaver Amaya is a Web editor, i.e. a tool used to create and update documents directly on the Web. Open Office Draw Alternative: Microsoft Visio Blender Imgv Inkscape

Switching to Linux - Grokdoc From Grokdoc This page is meant to be a repository for requirements and tips for those thinking about switching to Linux. It should contain short descriptions and links to pages giving more details. Switching to Linux What should be considered when deciding whether to switch Email that started this page (insert responses below, not in this email!) Hi PJ, Having read Groklaw for a long time and seen the countless arguments for and how to switch to Linux, I would like to suggest a new site: GrokWindows2Linux (or something similar :-) ). Basically a site documenting how to convert to Linux from Windows. There are many sites that documents bits and pieces, or that documents how they converted to linux, or how to convert a single application, but there are, AFAIK, no single site that documents "all" in one place. Information I would like to see is on a site like this would be things like (in no particular order): 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. Additional consideration Reference cases

20 Best Free Sites for Online Data Storage & Backup (Updated) Well there used to be so little options when it came to taking your data or file backups and keep them safely so that in any case if the actual current data got destroyed or erased or corrupted , we would have a safe and secure way of retrieving the data for our server or personal computer. For all the things like best backup software, online storage applications, top backup storage software or service etc. this blog would be quite the fit for the questions you have about the best services for online storage and backup And since the all powerful cloud technology is on the rise , this has become a whole new game We have so many cool and reliable options for data backups and storage spaces with a wide variety of services at affordable prices … and some of them are ( Lucky for us ) FREE as well. So here are few of the best which I found can help a lot of people as well as small / big companies out for the storage solutons and much more 1. aDrive.com – 50 GB Free – Paid plans for more space 2.

Easy to use design tools for 3D modeling and printing with Shapeways. Autodesk 123D DesignEasy-to-use yet powerful modeling tool with library of existing components or the ability to create from scratch. Also available for the iPad. Integrated and prints directly to Shapeways. Learn how 123D Design and Shapeways work together Windows, Mac, Online Service TinkercadA fantastic beginner program, that leads you to learn complex things through simple quests. Learn how Tinkercad and Shapeways work together Online Service 3D TinAnother browser based program using WebGL, this is free as long as you share your designs under Creative Commons. BlenderA powerful application with full-fledged professional tools, Blender has a wide community and resources to help you learn. Learn how Blender and Shapeways work together Windows, Mac, Linux FreeCADAn open source parametric 3D modeler, great for both the home user, hobbyist and experienced designer. Open SCADOpenSCAD is not an interactive 3D design tool. Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD Windows, Mac Windows, Mac, Online Service

The OSSwin project: Open Source for Windows! Interactive 3D model of Solar System Planets and Night Sky 99 Performance Tips for WindowsXP Beginners Guides: 99 Performance Tips for Windows XP From faster boot times, to speeding up your current hardware, PCSTATS has 99 Tips to make your computer run quicker, better, and more efficiently. - Version 2.2.0 Welcome to PCSTATS' massive Tech Tips and Tweaks Guide! This time around, our focus is on making your Windows computer perform better, and faster! Whether this means booting and shutting down quicker, achieving better 3D gaming performance, or just making your PC feel more 'snappy,' chances are there's a tip or two in here to help you speed your current PC up. PCSTATS will also cover the basics of overclocking the processor, memory and video card, so as not to miss out on this important area of extra performance potential.

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