AlternativeTo Helps You to Find New Apps

Using new applications is part of what makes computers fun. However, finding good, new software to solve everyday problems is not always easy. That’s where a website called AlternativeTo comes into play. The purpose of the site is to help users to find low cost, free or open source alternatives to popular and expensive programs […]

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MacHeist 3 Bundle in Progress

We love great Mac software, especially when it comes bundled with other great Mac software. To wit, we’ve mentioned MacHeist before when they ran a previous software bundle called MacHeist 2 early in 2008. At its core, MacHeist is a way to get a nice array of high quality software for the Mac for a […]

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Keep Windows Running Smoothly with Glary Utilities

Just like with your car, your computer needs regular maintenance. While you can’t change the oil on a Windows PC, you can utilize software to tidy things up a bit and, in general, help Windows perform better. We recommend that you run updated anti-virus and anti-malware software in order to keep your PC free of […]

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Make PC-Compatible ZIP Files on a Mac

Working with compressed file formats can be a real pain, especially when trying to use them across both Macs and PCs. Files with the .ZIP file extension are compressed archive files that are very common on the PC. Unfortunately, ZIP files that are created on the Mac contain a lot of Mac-specific metadata that when […]

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The Best Free Software of 2009 – by PC Magazine

We here at the home office love free software. Just one look at the myriad of posts on the site will tell you that. However, it isn’t always easy to find great new software that is also free. To this end, we love sites that publish lists of “best free software” as it allows us […]

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TokBox – Great, Free Video Calling

A phone call is so twentieth century. If you want to come into the twenty-first century, you need to take advantage of your broadband Internet connection and your webcam and begin video calling. Services like Skype and instant messaging clients such as AIM, Yahoo and MSN Messenger have been offering video calling or chatting over […]

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New Version of Audacity Released

One of my most indispensable applications is Audacity, the free and open source audio editor. I use it practically every single day and it has replaced a number of other applications that were purchased for hundreds of dollars. It is rock solid stable and runs on all of the operating systems that use, including Windows, […]

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Use FormatFactory to Convert Your Media

There are a ton of media converters out there. Some are good and many are not so good. We’ve covered excellent audio converters Switch and Max on this site before. However, there are other types of media out there that need converting and FormatFactory is a great tool for converting your audio, video and photos from […]

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Sites We Like – Cool Tools

I love the Internet. There are so many great websites out there that are full of great information. On a side note, there are also websites that are not so useful, such as Petentials, the Internet for pets, but that’s a post for another time. I recently came across a site called Cool Tools, which […]

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NetNewsWire – Free RSS Reader for the Mac

As fans of most things free, reports of a previously commercial product going the “free” route really gets our attention. NetNewsWire is one of the applications made free recently by NewsGator. It is an offline RSS reader made for the Mac. We love our Netvibes around here but sometimes, we need our RSS feeds to […]

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One-A-Day Free or Cheap Stuff

As we surf around the Net, we discover lots of stuff for free. Now, some of it may not be to our liking, or not our idea of even useful. However, there are a few sites we catch ourselves going back to time and again. Some of these sites feature one free software title each […]

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RocketDock – Application Launcher

RocketDock is a Windows application launcher that I have recently discovered. It is somewhat similar to the Dock in Mac OS X but is not a clone. It offers a number of differences that make it unique and very useful. I have added it to my various systems and run it in conjunction with Launchy […]

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Application Launchers – What Are They?

Application launchers or keyboard launchers are becoming more and more popular. But what are they? In a nutshell, their purpose is to launch applications, files or other items right from your keyboard. They are small applications that generally launch at system startup and run in the background of your system. They are then activated by […]

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ImgBurn – Lightweight & Free Image Burner

I come across disc image files all the time. What are disc image file you say? Great question. An image file is a group of files, applications and other data designed to be placed on a single CD or DVD which are collected into a single ISO file. Disc images typically are files with the […]

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Download YouTube Videos, Update

Back in May, 2007 we wrote a series of articles on downloading video from various websites like YouTube. For downloading YouTube videos we recommended www.YouTubeX.com. That website is no longer active (I suspect YouTube’s lawyers sent out a “cease and desist letter” because of their name). The site to try now is www.videodownloadx.com which is […]

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