Posts by Category: Free Software

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Awesome November 19, 2012 posted by

Global Village Construction Set – keeping civilization alive via free open source blueprints

Long time readers will know how passionate we are here about the open source movement in all its forms. For example, a couple of years ago we featured 21 of the Coolest Open Source Hardware Projects in the world, which included a great open source tractor for agricultural and industrial use. Well time moves on, and it seems the movement is growing stronger by the day. That little tractor has literally become a whole ecosystem designed to provide the building…


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Global Village Construction Set – keeping civilization alive via free open source blueprints
Bookmark This! November 9, 2012 posted by

Print Queue Cleaner – banish the dreaded Windows printer stall forever [Freeware]

OK, admit it. You hate those times when you try and cancel a print job in Windows and it just sits there stalled, don’t you? We do, especially when it stops us printing out again. Grrrr. What we can’t understand is why, four hundred years after the introduction of the Windows operating system, someone hasn’t…y’know….FIXED THE PROBLEM!!!!!???


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Print Queue Cleaner – banish the dreaded Windows printer stall forever [Freeware]
Bookmark This! November 7, 2012 posted by

Internet Off – because sometimes you just need a bit of peace and quiet [Freeware]

It’s a noisy place this Internet. Forums, social networks, comments, chat, video, news…it’s all go, on the go, 24/7. Which makes it a curse as well as a blessing. It’s no surprise that there’s a rise in the levels of procrastination around the globe, we’re all too busy checking stuff out to get on with real work. Or maybe that is real work? Anyway, the fact is sometimes it would be nice to be able to switch the whole thing…


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Internet Off – because sometimes you just need a bit of peace and quiet [Freeware]
Bookmark This! November 6, 2012 posted by

AeroFS – all the file sharing goodness of Dropbox without the limitations [Freeware]

At one point or another everyone has a need to share a file. Whether it’s sending a photo of the new baby to dear Aunt Maude, or circulating a document amongst work colleagues, it’s all the same problem. Modern files are typically too large to reliably send as attachments without a lot of work, and file sharing options like Dropbox are both vulnerable and limited because your files end up stored on their servers.


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AeroFS – all the file sharing goodness of Dropbox without the limitations [Freeware]
Bookmark This! November 5, 2012 posted by

Calme – free calendar and planner maker is perfect for organizing your life [Freeware]

It’s crazy out there. All that rushing around doing busy. No time to think, but no point in complaining either, because we’re all happy runners on the treadmill, eh peeps? Luckily there’s lots of tools out there to help us cope with our bizarre lifestyle choices, and if they’re free and easy to use, so much the better.


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Calme – free calendar and planner maker is perfect for organizing your life [Freeware]
Bizarre November 2, 2012 posted by

8 Bizarre Android Apps You Probably Shouldn’t Show Your Boss

One of the truly great things about smartphones is they can be used for literally everything. Yes really. You probably didn’t realize this but alongside the usual cluster of radios for GPS, wireless networking, GSM calls, FM radio et al, there are some hidden sensors which no-one talks about, and which confer extraordinary powers on your handset in amazing ways. Follow us inside as we explain all.


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8 Bizarre Android Apps You Probably Shouldn’t Show Your Boss
Bookmark This! November 2, 2012 posted by

FlicFlac Audio Converter – tiny program quickly converts your audio files [Freeware]

We love freeware programs here on the Ferret, but more than that even, we love teeny tiny freeware programs. Specifically because these small parcels of code tend to offer a highly focused set of functions and do away with all the bloat and install trauma you get with commercial programs.


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FlicFlac Audio Converter – tiny program quickly converts your audio files [Freeware]
Free Software November 1, 2012 posted by

The Bizarre Reality of My Top 30 ‘Essential’ Android Apps

There are 365 Android apps installed on the Samsung Android smartphone sitting here in front of me…how on earth did that happen? And more to the point, what are they worth to my life? The fact is that most of us carry around an unfeasibly large number of sophisticated computer programs on our modern phones, but can we really say they’re useful or valuable? I recently sat down to evaluate which of my installed apps were important, and came to…


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The Bizarre Reality of My Top 30 ‘Essential’ Android Apps
Bookmark This! October 31, 2012 posted by

How to Stop Your e-Books Being Deleted by Amazon

Amazon seems to have a nasty habit of thinking it can pop along and delete user’s legitimately purchased e-books from their Kindle reader whenever it feels like it, and it’s starting to annoy a few people. It may well be ‘legal’ in respect of the Amazon terms and conditions when you buy your Kindle and/or e-books, but it’s certainly not ‘kosher’ as far as us ordinary mortals are concerned. I buy a book, I don’t expect you to come to…


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How to Stop Your e-Books Being Deleted by Amazon
Bookmark This! October 31, 2012 posted by

WiFi Protector – easy instant protection from wireless hackers [Freeware]

You don’t have to look far to find lots of horror stories about ID theft, phishing and malware attacks on unsuspecting WiFi users. Sure, some of them are designed to generate more cash for the security business, but that doesn’t alter the fact that it’s generally a pretty hostile place out there if you’re not careful. Current solutions typically involve the installation of various complicated programs to protect your computer, but up till now there hasn’t been a really comprehensive…


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WiFi Protector – easy instant protection from wireless hackers [Freeware]
Bookmark This! October 30, 2012 posted by

Dolphin Emulator – turn your PC or Mac into a Nintendo Wii for free [Freeware]

  The Nintendo Wii turned the console gaming world on its head when it introduced the idea of bringing arcade style controllers into the living room. Being able to play golf, tennis, or fishing with innovative controllers which let you putt, lob and cast just as you would do in real life was a real game changer. Of course that was then, and now the console is finding it difficult to compete with the latest in power titles on rival…


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Dolphin Emulator – turn your PC or Mac into a Nintendo Wii for free [Freeware]
Bookmark This! October 29, 2012 posted by

Podtrans – banish iTunes and manage your music the easy way [Freeware]

There’s no getting away from it, you either love or hate iTunes, the Apple application for managing the media on your iPod or iPhone. If you’ve grown up with the program, you’ll probably forgive its little quirks, and an interface that can be somewhat bewildering. But for newcomers to Apple devices, iTunes can be frustrating, especially when it’s such an integral part of the Apple experience.


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Podtrans – banish iTunes and manage your music the easy way [Freeware]
Bookmark This! October 26, 2012 posted by

Shield Attack – you, your PC and your phone against the aliens [Freeware]

The Nintendo Wii started the mass market trend for innovative controllers on console games, followed by the Microsoft Kinect system, and ever since then companies have been falling over themselves to deliver cool new ways to control and play games. But if you’re not a console person, you may have felt left out. Until now.


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Shield Attack – you, your PC and your phone against the aliens [Freeware]
Bookmark This! October 16, 2012 posted by

Super Missed Call – take control of your missed phone calls [Freeware]

What is it with mobile phone companies? Why do they make the ringing period so short? Is it because they want us to make more calls or is it genuinely some technical issue? Whatever the reason, the amount of times people miss a call because it takes too long to retrieve the phone from pocket or bag must be huge, and it’s really annoying.


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Super Missed Call – take control of your missed phone calls [Freeware]
Bookmark This! October 9, 2012 posted by

ProxTube lets you access YouTube videos from restricted regions [Freeware]

Restricted regions are a pain in the rear, especially since it’s usually because of some lawyerly action a million miles away from our need to watch the latest video from our fave artist. Why won’t these guys get it, more views equals more incentive to purchase? Sigh. Anyway, thankfully there’s a growing list of tools you can use to get round the restrictions.


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ProxTube lets you access YouTube videos from restricted regions [Freeware]

Category Archive

Deposit checks directly to Paypal using your…

Fri 20 May 2011

Deposit checks directly to Paypal using your Android phone
With debit cards and Paypal, it's a wonder that anyone still writes checks. The only thing I still write checks […]

Panopreter - why read, when you can…

Wed 19 Jun 2013

Panopreter – why read, when you can listen instead? [Freeware]
If you're one of those people who likes to...y'know...get things done, you'll appreciate any tool that makes it easier to […]

My Paid Apps - keep track of…

Tue 01 Apr 2014

My Paid Apps – keep track of all the Android app and in-app purchases you’ve ever made [Freeware]
One of the things that's most frustrating about hanging out with Mr Android is the fact that it's not easy […]

JetClean is the best Windows power utility…

Mon 14 May 2012

Over the years we've reported on a bunch of free utility programs which will tweak, optimize and turbo-charge your Windows […]

Ad Notifier - free Craigslist advert monitor…

Wed 03 Oct 2007

Ad Notifier is a cool little freeware package which monitors Craigslist for adverts which meet your search criteria. Looking for […]

Stock Footage For Free - make your…

Mon 10 Dec 2012

Stock Footage For Free – make your videos come alive with free B-roll inserts [Freeware]
Who would have thought that video would be such a big part of our lives in the twenty first century? […]

Tonido - the brave little desktop that…

Fri 17 Jul 2009

Tonido is a fascinating example of a well thought out product which could have its work cut out gaining exposure […]

TubeTilla - clever little YouTube downloader and…

Thu 04 Sep 2008

TubeTilla – clever little YouTube downloader and converter
TubeTilla gets our prize for the most twee product name of the week, but because it's freeware, we're going to […]

Printer Anywhere.…

Wed 02 Aug 2006

Printer Anywhere. Man, colour me frustrated. This appears to be one of the most innovative and downright useful applications I’ve […]

Check My Links - scans for broken…

Wed 11 Jun 2014

Check My Links – scans for broken links in your website so you don’t have to [Freeware]
Running a website may look easy, but there's a lot of work and re-work that goes on behind the scenes […]

Translate.net - freeware translation program covers 38…

Thu 17 Jul 2008

Translate.net is a free translation program which offers up 38 languages from 35 translation services including Google, Yahoo! Babelfish, Systran […]

FreeSFX - free sound effects…

Tue 20 Jul 2010

FreeSFX is a place to visit if you need cool free sound effects for your project. Licensed under Creative Commons […]

RecycleBinEx - freeware puts your Recycle Bin…

Wed 09 Jun 2010

RecycleBinEx is a new freeware utility which adds some very useful functionality to the Windows Recycle Bin. It makes the […]

ICE Unlock Fingerprint Secure - real biometric…

Wed 29 Jan 2014

ICE Unlock Fingerprint Secure – real biometric security for your Android smartphone for free [Freeware]
There's a lot of talk about biometric fingerprint scanning on smartphones nowadays, spurred of course by Apple's use of the […]

Lyrify - freeware turns Spotify into a…

Thu 04 Nov 2010

Lyrify is a small add-on freeware program which bolts a lyrics display onto Spotify so you can sing along a […]

Poster Forge - make your own posters…

Tue 22 Jul 2008

Poster Forge is a free DIY poster making program. Yep, you too can now make movie, motivational and even wanted […]