Archive for the 'Best of the Free' Category

 

Free website templates

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Website design and coding is expensive because of the human labour and degree of skill involved. If you are starting up a new website from scratch and have a good budget it would be a good idea to find the right firm for you to get the skills level and the right advice so ultimately you are not wasting money. In the IT world the cheaper alternative doesn’t always work out. Having said that, for those who are on a tight budget or have no budget, the sole trader and startup alternatives are free or low cost templates.

You can work out where to put your text or you can employ a freelancer to do it for you. There are many sites these days to get free or creative commons licenced website templates such as HTML5-UP site with a collection of the latest html5 standards, there is also one of my favourites, the envato showcase with low cost templates who are located over in Melbourne Australia.

Keep your eyes on our blog for future posts on our picks of the land of the free.

 

 
 
 

why is some software free?

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I get asked all the time, why is it free? Is it any good? There are thousands of free programs out there, some you can download without joining up or logging in. The most obvious answer to the why is it free question is because it is crap software that no one would pay to download, or it is software deployed as deception to download the real payload by stealth, such as spyware, registry cleaners, or general junkware otherwise known as potentially unwanted programs or PUP’s.

But there are some excellent and really useful free programs such as display¬†fusion’s free version of the multiple monitor software. In this case you can see there is a pro version and the free version is the upgrade path. The internet’s version of the two dollar shoes out front of the shoe shop. This is also true of many antivirus or malware programs. Some software is free because it falls into the realm of economically nonviable. It might be ok and kind of useful but these days it would need to be very essential for someone to splurge yet another computing expense. The biggest ever rort is paying for an antivirus when Windows 10 has the free Defender built in. None of them work all the time for various strains of malware as we have seen with cryptolocker and ransonware criminal theftware.

My advice, and I do practice everything I preach, is to keep third party software to an absolute minimum. The more programs you have running the more chance you will have of outdated software or drivers ruining your day, hogging your system with little to show for all the effort. System cleaners, registry cleaners and the like are examples of this. They might clear out the files you need later for a clean uninstall, or clear out files your system looks for in the future.

 
 
 

Keeping your iphone or android charged on the road

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These 5200mAh†charge bricks can get pretty expensive. I’ve seen them around for $99, the incase 2500mAh power brick at Apple store is currently selling for $49.

The thing to remember about power bricks is the power comparison to what you are charging. The ipad rechargeable battery is 11,560mAh while the iphone 5s is 1,570mAh. In our testing we found the PQI will save our ipad from crashing in the middle of the day but don’t expect a full charge or multiple charges.

However, with the iphone 5S we could charge 4 times on a single full charge. The blue power meter LED on the face of the PQI has 4 LEDS to indicate the charge level. 4 LED lights usually does mean 4 full charges.

We liked it so much we have been using it for months now and we are so happy to recommend it we are giving it away FREE to anyone who joins our exclusive email list and book a support or repair call to the end of March (2015).

Please note this offer is subject to stocks availability and cannot be backordered, exchanged or replaced with other offers.

 
 
 

Simcity Special Edition free for a limited time.

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The original SimCity was released in 1995, with various updates to 2000 and beyond. They are giving this game away to little kiddies everywhere and I can assure you†it will keep them entertained for hours. Download the original SimCity over at Origin Games.