Posts by Category: Free Software

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Bookmark This! December 4, 2008 posted by

YWriter – the free word processor for novelists

YWriter is a free word processor designed specifically for novelists and authors in general. It won’t write the thing for you, but it does help you chop your opus up into chunks to make it easier to manage. The program also provides tools to manage characters, scenes, goals and timelines, which are the bits which often get in the way of your creativity.   The Australian software developer, Simon Haynes,  is also a published author of space opera, so if…


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Bookmark This! December 3, 2008 posted by

PrestaShop – open source e-commerce shopping cart

PrestaShop is an open source e-commerce shopping cart for website owners and wannabe web tycoons. The devs claim it’s all Ajaxified and lightweight (which means your buyers should have an easier and faster experience at the checkout on your site) but as with all these things it’s really a matter of trying it out first to see whether it fits your needs better than a hosted solution. One good sign is the busy forums which indicate a lot of users,…


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Awesome December 1, 2008 posted by

Auditorium – gorgeous flash game that sounds just right

I just stumbled across this gorgeous Flash game called Auditorium. The idea is to direct the acoustic particles to the correct audio meter using various tools, but it’s very challenging and there many solutions. Five minutes and I was hooked! Give it a try. [Update – Oops, it’s only a demo at the moment with a full game to follow soon. The creators are also looking for beta testers if you’re keen.] Auditorium is about the process of discovery and…


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Auditorium – gorgeous flash game that sounds just right
Free Software November 28, 2008 posted by

Debut – freeware video recorder software is a bit of a show off

Debut Video Capture is a pretty cool piece of freeware video grabbing tech. What’s cool is the range of things it can do. Not just screen grabbing, but also webcam recording and screencast capture. All rolled up into one nice and easy interface. It’ll even do stills from a video capture on the fly. Oh and did I mention it will capture from your camcorder via the USB port as well? Yep, versatile. Definitely one to keep in the toolbox….


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Bookmark This! November 27, 2008 posted by

Laptop Alarm – protect your laptop in public places

Laptop Alarm. Software emits a piercing alarm if the power cable is unplugged, the laptop is shut-down or the mouse removed. Clearly designed for those times when you’re sitting in a public place (e.g. a library or local coffee shop) and need to use the restroom. Personally I’d take the laptop with me, as I somehow get the feeling that a loud alarm is not going to stop your machine disappearing out the door if it’s a Macbook Air. Know…


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Free Software November 26, 2008 posted by

Lunascape – the world’s fastest ever web browser?

Lunascape is being billed as the world’s fastest ever web browser, and we’re going to be charitable and say…well very little. It’s an early codebase – alpha in fact – and hugely ambitious since it incorporates the three biggest browser engines in existence, Webkit, Trident and Gecko. But you know what, apart from that it comes across as pretty ordinary. Especially since we Firefox users can do much of the same thing with a simple plugin. We’ll take another look…


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Free Software November 25, 2008 posted by

TrackMania Nations Forever – freeware arcade car racing game goes vrooom…

TrackMania Nations Forever is a free arcade car racing game which looks like a lot of fun. There’s solo and multiplayer modes, a shed load of stunt tracks and apparently millions of players going head to head at any one time. The graphics are enticing enough to keep you interested, and the in-game editor to create your own tracks is just icing on the cake. Vrooom…!   A free game in the truest sense of the word, TrackMania Nations Forever…


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Free Software November 25, 2008 posted by

Little Shoot – P2P plugin offers searchability

Little Shoot is a new P2P file sharing plugin which gives you instant search of several content sources, such as Flickr, YouTube, Limewire and the Little Shoot network itself. The key to the product is simplicity, not just downloads but also sharing. It’s all built around your browser and there’s a simple search box, plus an equally easy to use Publish tab, all of which should make it a cinch to share your documents and media with anyone anywhere. The…


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cool tech November 24, 2008 posted by

Rockbox – open source replacement firmware for your MP3 player

Rockbox is open source firmware which you can install on your MP3 player to replace the proprietary stuff already on there. Why? Well, it’s written ‘by users, for users’ and aims to provide a higher quality audio experience, plus customisability and plugins. For example some of the cool features include gapless playback, a spoken word interface and Doom! support. Sounds excellent methinks. Of course your warranty will wing its way out the window once you install the code, but hey, it’s the stuff revolutions…


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Bookmark This! November 20, 2008 posted by

Outlook Express Backup Free – archive for nothing and your bits for free

Outlook Express Backup. Single purpose email backup freeware. Unlimited size message-base, multiple identities, view messages without having to restore, automatic scheduler. Pretty cool feature set for no money.   It supports backing up the data of all the identities in Microsoft Outlook Express in the same backup file! # It backs up all your Microsoft Outlook Express files plus your Favorites and Windows Address Book. # Backup your data as an executable EXE file. # You can view the emails inside the…


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Free Software November 19, 2008 posted by

Karen’s Alarm Clock – turn your laptop into a $10.00 alarm clock

Karen’s Alarm Clock is basic, yes, utilitarian almost. But look closer and you’ll see that it is a pretty useful tool. For a start you can set up five different alarm times, with a choice of audio file alarm or even a cd track. And look at the large pretty green numerals. Wonderful.  Turn your $2,000 computer into a $20 alarm clock! Set up to five different alarm times. Wake up to a beep, any wave or MIDI file, even…


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Bookmark This! November 18, 2008 posted by

Process Lasso – fire and forget computer system balancing

Process Lasso is a neat little freeware utility that improves your computer’s responsiveness during peak load situations. If you’ve ever sat there twiddling your thumbs while the machine grinds to a halt trying to cope with a single heavyweight task (like rendering), then you’ll recognise the problem. Oh, and it works. I’ve just tried it in Thunderbird, doing a search in a massive folder – which normally crunches everything to a halt – and my laptop has kept its cool. Nice one,…


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Free Software November 17, 2008 posted by

Free PC Audit – grab more info than you need to know about your computer

Free PC Audit is an information tool that grabs details of everything about your computer, from the hardware components through to the installed software versions. It even offers up a list of processes that are running. It’s the kind of tool that could be invaluable if you’re trying to hunt down a driver or errant component replacement. Definitely one for the toolbox.  Free PC Audit is a freeware system, hardware and software information tool. It extracts details of all components…


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Free Software November 14, 2008 posted by

HD Clone – the universal cloning tool

HD Clone is a free hard disk cloning program which will let you create and store an image of your disk in case of problems or failure. This sort of tool is uber useful for migrating your data to a new hard disk, or for restoring your stuff if your hard disk crashes and burns. I use True Image because I’ve had it for a long while and I trust it, but free is a hard price to beat (although…


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Free Software November 14, 2008 posted by

PC Fixer – free Windows system fixer utility offers some useful tools

PC Fixer is a free Windows diagnostic and repair tool which does a pretty thorough job of scanning and recommending. It’s a small download, but be aware that it won’t run without an Internet connection (probably due to the need to serve adverts while it’s running) which means it’s useless for fixing serious Internet or wireless networking problems. Nevertheless it offers enough value to warrant getting a cautious thumbs up from me. There’s a useful registry cleaner included as well as…


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Buycott - finally there's a guilt free…

Fri 17 May 2013

Buycott – finally there’s a guilt free way to shop [Freeware]
It's hard to remain a 'concerned' citizen nowadays because you can never tell whether a product you're buying comes from […]

FormatFactory - multifunction media converter…

Mon 22 Sep 2008

FormatFactory is a freeware media converter, rather like Super. But I prefer this interface, and if anything it works better […]

Google Docs Template Gallery - an awesome…

Thu 26 May 2011

If you haven't already discovered the Google Docs Template Gallery, hurry along and take a look now, as it's really […]

AniReminder will make sure you NEVER forget…

Mon 10 Sep 2012

AniReminder will make sure you NEVER forget [Freeware]
There's always too much to do and too little time to do it in, which is why we tend to […]

iMacro Extension for Firefox - automate all…

Fri 04 Jul 2008

iMacros is a neat Firefox extension add-on which lets you record your browser action for instant replay at the press […]

Clock n'roll.…

Fri 26 Aug 2005

The AJ Clock Screensaver from Anne Jan Beeks provides 14 delectable onscreen clocks for your pleasure, including that very cool […]

iRemotePC - free remote desktop control and…

Wed 24 Jan 2007

iRemotePC. A freeware remote desktop control utility. Download the software to the machine you want to control and then access […]

MyTime – schedule your appointments at a…

Tue 24 Feb 2015

MyTime – schedule your appointments at a time that works for you [FREEWARE]
We’re all busy. Making appointments to be busy later is one of the most time consuming things. You have to […]

LXLE Linux - revive that old PC!…

Mon 04 May 2015

LXLE Linux – revive that old PC! [Freeware]
Everyone's got an old laptop or desktop PC lying around in an attic or cupboard somewhere. That's just how it […]

Recover text from web forms with Lazarus…

Fri 05 Aug 2011

Recover text from web forms with Lazarus
I hate typing in a long-winded response into a comment box or other such text field on a website. The […]

You Need A Budget - free personal…

Mon 06 Oct 2008

You Need A Budget is a free household budgeting program which comes with a ‘unique, powerful and proven […]

Weather Watcher - turn your computer into…

Wed 03 Sep 2008

Weather Watcher – turn your computer into a superb weather station
If you're into weather, then you're going to love love love Weather Watcher. We're talking a beautifully arranged and fully […]

Share and peer.…

Wed 11 May 2005

Folder Share. Your files anywhere. But not on top of that stupid rock, I bet. Anyhoo, there’s a free basic […]

WordPress Exploit Scanner - freeware checks your…

Mon 09 Nov 2009

The WordPress Exploit Scanner is a free plugin that scans your blog installation to see if any nasty malware code […]

Nokia Step Counter - turn your cell…

Fri 27 Mar 2009

Nokia Step Counter is a free application which turns your Symbian handset into a step counter. It works by analysing […]

INKredible – this app turns your touchscreen…

Thu 20 Apr 2017

Touchscreen typing has gotten a lot better over the years but there’s still nothing quite like writing with a pen and […]