Go FreeNovember 7, 2009 at 2:03 pm | Posted in Computers, Hardware, Online services, Software | 2 Comments
There’s a lot you can do on a computer with free software. Sometimes, the good stuff costs. But surprisingly often, the best things in computer-land are free.
My favorite resource for free is Gizmo’s list at TechSupportAlert. Hundreds of categories of software, many sections with their own editor plus lots of users suggestions. It’s rare I don’t find good advice or leads there.
They also host articles like this one on free Windows 7 and 64 bit free software, something I’ve been reviewing lately while I plan a new system build and a migration to 64 bit. While many 32 bit apps run fine on a 64 bit system, some – especially utilities – don’t.
And then there’s occasional summary reviews like this one at PCWorld – Best Free software for 2009. The links on the left will take you to the right section.
Windows Secrets has a plethora of articles reviewing free software in many categories. See the links on the right of the Reviews section.
The main reviews links there are for hardware – a great place to start for planning purchases. They provide links to recent decent reviews. These can give you good ideas of what to look for, watch out for, plus recommended models.
Google is of course another good way to find reviews, but some review sites are lame, may be only reviewing the press release, or may even just be copied from somewhere else. Good resources like these can save a lot of time.