These are a few of my favorite free things:

Keynote notetaking opensource freeware – I just started playing with this, but it has great potential for sorting disparate items into cohesive thoughts.

Editpad pro and Editpad lite, an amazing text editor for windows. (the Lite is freeware) I have used the Pro version everyday.

I wanted to recommend Fineprint Software, which is a printer driver that allows you to multi-page print your documents, 2 up, 4 up, 8 and other things. This saves incredible amounts of ink and paper. I have used it for many years. However it has since been swallowed by a major corp and is now $49 bucks. Which makes it pricey for anyone who can’t quickly offset the savings in paper.

Mozilla Thunderbird, Firefox and Seamonkey. – how can you beat free? Thunderbird email program works as well as Eudora ever did. Firefox kicks Netscape’s ass, and I have started using Seamonkey not only as a browser but to create webpages. Open source software allows end users to develop plugins and addons for specific purposes, not all of them may be useful, but that’s a cool thing. You need only download the ones you NEED. Another nice thing about Open source is with so many people working on the programs all the time, any bugs and errors are quickly found fixed and update available.

Filezilla – A sweet FTP program, that looks similar to any other filemanager program and works with drag and drop ease.


Open Office
– More open source freeware, ” a multiplatform and multilingual office suite and an open-source project ” yeah right – it emulates MS office and is free and flexible. So far I haven’t found a document or file I couldn’t work on using it.

Open Office, Firefox, Thunderbird, Filezilla and many other programs also come in portable size for loading on your flash drive at PortableApps.com

Writer Writer – a word processor you can use for anything from writing a quick letter to producing an entire book.
Spreadsheet Calc – a powerful spreadsheet with all the tools you need to calculate, analyse, and present your data in numerical reports or sizzling graphics.
Presentation Impress – the fastest, most powerful way to create effective multimedia presentations.
Vector drawing tool Draw – lets you produce everything from simple diagrams to dynamic 3D illustrations.
Database Base – lets you manipulate databases seamlessly. Create and modify tables, forms, queries, and reports, all from within OpenOffice.org
Mathematical function creator Math – lets you create mathematical equations with a graphic user interface or by directly typing your formulas into the equation editor.

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dn’t tell you I like Google’s suite of free applications. When they introduced some of them like Google Documents (which used to be Writely) I didn’t have any immediate use for them. But slowly I have found uses. I have a PC and a Laptop (which don’t always communicate with each other) and there are times when I am using a PC at another location. Using Gmail and Goggle documents, I can be sure the files I am working on are accessible from wherever I am.

btw here’s a link to more free stuff . . .
i just discovered it, so it will be a fun place for a while.

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