28 June 2008

Find the best free software on the internet !

Free software: good or bad?

A good question that fits in this subject is: Does a free software can replace a commercial one? Well, the answer is different from user to user. Now days its even harder to tell since the development of free software is become a trend, be it desktop software or web app. There are different factors when it comes to chose a software and this factors are strong related with the user experience. So that a new user will look for ease of use with the software he will use so that he can learn to use the software quickly. On the other hand an experienced user will search for more and better features on the software that he will want to use.
All that I will do in this post is to direct you to some of the best places on internet where you can find free software that can always replace his commercial competitors.

Best free software sites

There are so many sites that list free software that this post will become an endless list of sites if I'll start to write them all so, I've thought that it will be better to point you only a few of my really favorite sites that are regularly updated.

  • NONAGS , even if it is a little hard to follow the updates from this site because there is not any rss or atom sindication, it is a good place to find free software.
  • Freeware Files is one of my trusted places for good free software. It is easy to follow the updates trough rss or email subscriptions. They have even editor picks to help users find the software that really counts in his category.
  • Major Geeks is a site dedicated to power users in special. It is a must have bookmark if you are a sistem or network administrator.
  • Gismo's tech support alert got my atention for a long time now. It was a one man work untill recently when the site becomed " A kind of Wikipedia for freeware " like the author love to say.
Which is best?

In the end it is up to you to chose what is best for you and if the free software can replace your commercial software
Happy browsing and see you next time.

06 June 2008

Do you cheat to make money online ?

Easy money !?

Many offers to make easy money online have always populate the web. This offers come in many forms, one of the most popular being trough e-mails. All of this offers ensure you that if you join their "strong network" you will make quick and easy huge amount of money. Do this "strong networks" really exists? There is such a thing as easy money? Well, I think that nobody pays you to do nothing. If you prefer to do nothing, this post is not for you.

First, help others !

Let me be useful first, and point you to my co-branded site where you can find great online magazines and other useful resources on any domain of activity you can think of. The best thing of this site is that you can subscribe for free for every magazine, newsletter or any other resource that you find interesting from this site and you will access great information on your interested subject. I only want to share with you some great sources of information. I am subscribed to some of those magazines and I'm really happy to have access to them for free.

Then, be productive!

Ok, I've told you about all those sources of information. Now, how about sharing this with others? If you have a blog or website you can become a publisher too. It's easy and free to register and you will be given your own co-branded site to put it beside your blog or website and let your visitors know about all those free resources.
Here you can join and become a publisher. Enjoy!
Now I let you browse the catalog and chose what best fit with your needs. 'till next time, boost your life.

03 June 2008

How-To improve image search results

Have you searched an image on the web? Was it hard to find it?
Well, Google wants to improve the quality of your searches and invite you to play. Yes, play and be useful helping you, others and Google at the same time. You don't need to register an account or do anything else, just start playing.
With Google image labeler you need to label (tag) random images picked by Google and match your labels with another user that use this service and Google chose for you to play with. You have 2 minutes to label random images and match your labels with the user that Google randomly picked for you. You will receive points with any match and more points if the matches are more descriptive for the image.
It's fun and easy way to help others.

01 June 2008

Power tools: SysInternals goes live

Look to the future: The supreme ruler of the internet post was all about Google. Now I want to share with you something about Microsoft.
SysInternals Utilities are a set of tools that help you troubleshoot and diagnose Windows systems and applications. Microsoft has gathered all the programs in one complete suite of power tools. Even so you can still download each program separately at Microsoft TechNet ( the SysInternals suite is the first item in the list ).
Users that already work with this tools will say, what's the point of this post? Well, SysInternals have launched a beta service, SysInternals Live, that lets you execute any SysInternals tool directly from the web. Like they say:
"Simply enter a tool’s Sysinternals Live path into Windows Explorer or a command prompt as \\live.sysinternals.com\tools\ or view the entire Sysinternals Live tools directory in a browser at http://live.sysinternals.com"

Look to the future: The supreme ruler of the internet

In my previous post, Web applications, the right way to the future I've pointed you to some great web apps lists from where you can chose the right application for you or your company. I've posted a link to Google app engine powered web applications to. Why I mentioned it? Because I will tell you about Google and my point of view about how Google is in a race by him self to conquer the Internet.
Now, to get to the subject, since Google have left developers create web applications on the same engine that their own applications run will attract more users on the Google's side, since users with a Google account can simply log in to any Google app engine powered web application.
Announcing the open sign-ups at Google app engine now every one can try to create his own web application. They even posted on Google app engine blog the expected pricing as follows:
  • $0.10 - $0.12 per CPU core-hour
  • $0.15 - $0.18 per GB-month of storage
  • $0.11 - $0.13 per GB outgoing bandwidth
  • $0.09 - $0.11 per GB incoming bandwidth
That if your application will need more that the free account will give you, that means:

  • 500MB of space
  • 5 millions page views / month
Now, if you want that your application to work offline too, you can enhance your web app with Google gears API. Not to mention that 2 new APIs have been released from Google, the image manipulation API and memcache API. You can boost your web app even more by using all the other APIs that Google gives to you.
I wonder witch big company can follow Google in this race on conquering the Internet !?