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    6 super security freebies

    Posted March 29, 2011 - 9:40 pm

    Simple security: In last year's roundup of best free stuff, the beta version of Microsoft Security Essentials 2 impressed us. Since then, Microsoft has officially released the utility to the public, and our admiration has only grown. With its combined antivirus, antispyware, and firewall protection, Security Essentials provides a solid layer of protection against the most common threats without hobbling your PC or nagging you with annoying update reminders.
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    6 sensational storage essentials

    Posted March 29, 2011 - 9:38 pm

    All-purpose undeletion: If you ever delete a file and later wish you hadn't, Piriform's Recuva could be a crucial weapon in your arsenal. This simple tool scours the sectors of your hard drive, memory card, media player, or other connected storage device to locate lost data in the underlying file structure.
  • Review

    11 tremendous free PC utilities

    Posted March 29, 2011 - 9:36 pm

    Instant organization: Instead of clicking around in Windows Ex­­plorer to find where Windows hid your newly downloaded MP3 file, try DropIt. This open-source utility lets you set up folder associations for specific file types. Just drop files on the big target icon on your desktop, and DropIt will automatically whisk them away to their appropriate (and easy-to-find) destinations.
  • 5 sizzling speed boosters

    Posted March 29, 2011 - 9:33 pm

    Comprehensive benchmark: SiSoftware's Sandra 2011 Lite performs a remarkable number of tests to pinpoint exactly how well each component in your system is running. It even tests power efficiency.
  • Tor Project, Flash cloner win free software awards

    Posted March 24, 2011 - 9:56 pm

    The Free Software Foundation gave its annual awards to an Internet privacy project and the creator of a free alternative to Adobe Flash.
  • Software freedom should include freedom from want

    Posted January 10, 2011 - 11:39 am

    I realize that may come as a bit of surprise for someone who uses and advocates often for free software, but sometimes I get a bit fed up with the whole rigmarole that surrounds the whole notion of GPLed software. And by rigmarole, I mean the partisan finger-pointing that says proprietary policies, licenses, and companies are big, scary, and evil, but don't offer much constructive advice on how to make a living with free software.
  • 5 great free business apps for Google Chrome

    Posted January 4, 2011 - 1:11 pm

    Google's Chrome Web Store might only have been up and running for a few weeks, but it already hosts a stock of high-quality add-in apps.
  • FSF essay argues freedom over quality

    Posted December 13, 2010 - 11:47 am

    An examination of the true merits of collaboration turns into an excuse for the Free Software Foundation to take a whack at the open source community, and in so doing downgrades quality over freedom. How well will that sit for most end users?
  • Paragon backup & recovery free images your OS...free

    Posted December 1, 2010 - 10:56 pm

    Try and say "Paragon Backup & Recovery 2010 Free Advanced Edition" five times quickly. I dare you. On second thought, I dare you to remember it for five seconds. Okay, I'm kidding... mostly. Despite the long-winded moniker, BR2010FAE (pronounced by yours truly as Bur-Two-Ten-Fay, or Bur-Fay for short since I already know what year it is) is a very competent imaging/backup program with a number of useful features not commonly found in freebies. In fact, it's a bit hard to believe that they give this thing away.
  • Review

    Fee vs. free: Paid, free antivirus programs

    Posted November 30, 2010 - 10:57 am

    Depending on whom you ask, paying for antivirus software is either a good investment or a total ripoff. In reality, neither viewpoint is accurate. You can find plenty of good reasons to choose a paid antivirus product, and plenty of good reasons to go with a freebie.
  • Free image editors for everyone -- even experts

    Posted November 29, 2010 - 10:36 am

    You could spend hundreds of dollars on image-editing software. But before you part with your hard-earned money, consider one of these free photo-editing programs. No matter what your level of expertise, one of these eight photo editors will fit your needs and personality--as well as your budget.
  • Is there free stuff for online security? Yes!

    Posted November 16, 2010 - 5:20 pm

    Anti-virus software, online scanners, vulnerability assessment tools, packet analyzers can all be had for free.
  • 5 Awesome Free Tools For Small Businesses

    Posted November 15, 2010 - 12:14 pm

    These are frugal times for business, and an organization starting out might have very little money to spend on IT. Even if you're part of an established business, you're probably feeling the pinch.
  • Free alternative PDF tools

    Posted November 1, 2010 - 7:37 am

    When you can't (or don't want) to use Adobe's PDF tools.
  • Must-Have Windows 7 Downloads

    Posted October 25, 2010 - 11:37 am

    It's hard to believe, but Windows 7 is just turning one year old. And what an impressive first year the operating system enjoyed, receiving almost universal praise from critics and users alike. Of course, even the most nimble, secure, and versatile OS has room for improvement. That's why we're following up our popular "Best Windows 7 Downloads" with another assortment of essential apps and utilities, all designed to help you make your 7-powered PC even better. And believe it or not, they're all free.
  • The Smell of Microsoft Desperation

    Posted September 17, 2010 - 8:00 am

    When Microsoft Latin America President Hernan Rincn took aim at free software in the media this week, did he reveal a company reverting back to its anti-FOSS ways, or one willing to try anything to regain the very pro-FOSS Brasilian market?
  • 11 Free Linux Apps Your Business Needs Now

    Posted August 5, 2010 - 9:27 am

    Despite the wealth of free applications out there, many small business owners continue to spend an inordinate amount of their all-too-scarce resources on software. Microsoft Office 2010? That'll be $499.99--or $279.99 if you can do without the Professional version. QuickBooks 2010? $159.95 or more. Adobe PhotoShop CS5? A whopping $699.
  • Free Software: Flattr-y Could Get You Everywhere

    Posted August 4, 2010 - 9:54 am

    If you want to show your favorite free or open source software project a little financial love, Flattr is a new social tool that will let you do just that.
  • CodePlex Guru Weighs in on Open Core Debate

    Posted July 14, 2010 - 12:57 pm

    It's not just the license or business model that makes a company a better free or open source citizen; it's how that company works with its community.
  • The best apps in life are free

    Posted July 13, 2010 - 1:56 pm

    What, you're not using Microsoft Speed Launch? It's a free application that lets you instantly launch any application, Web site or document using any word or phrase you choose.
  • Defining Software Freedom: The Singularity of Free

    Posted July 6, 2010 - 1:05 pm

    It's easy to argue free versus open source software... until you realize each side pretty much wants the same thing. They're just on different paths.
  • The difference between having and exercising freedom

    Posted March 24, 2010 - 10:17 am

    Primarily, Richard Stallman's objection to Software as a Service is that users lose control over their applications, because the applications are not installed locally. My objection to Stallman's argument is that a vast majority of computer users will never have real control--even if they use free software.
  • Free Software Brings Geolocation to Your Windows 7 PC

    Posted March 6, 2010 - 10:36 pm

    It would be downright nutty to put a GPS sensor inside your desktop (unless maybe you're sporting one of those super-small media nettops). But what if you wanted to enjoy the perks of mobile device geolocation at your sedentary workstation without the hassle of adding new hardware? Geosense for Windows 7 has you covered.
  • App Popular points out free downloads of paid apps

    Posted February 10, 2010 - 11:48 am

    The best things in life are free. The trouble is tracking down all those wonderful free things.
  • Review

    Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Free

    Posted February 8, 2010 - 6:00 pm

    You can't depend on just one program to protect you from rootkits, Trojans, viruses, worms, and other malicious code. The job is too important and the villains too numerous for that. So supplement your regular antivirus program (the one you keep running in the background at all times) with an extra malware scanner, such as Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Free.
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