10.12.04

Free Software

There are some great applications available for free. Here are my top tips for free software.



FireFox


The latest and greatest web-browser. If you are still using Internet Explorer, download this and see what you have been missing. Once you have used tabbed browsing, you'll never look back.




Thunderbird


If you aren't hooked on Outlook / Outlook Express, try this email client. It has automatic spam filters that learn as you move messages in or out of the Junk folder. Within a week or two you can forget all about those annoying spam messages.




AVG


Everyone knows that you need an anti-virus program to keep your computer safe, but not everyone knows that you can get a professional 100% detection automatically updated Anti-Virus program for free! (for non-commercial home users)




Agnitum Outpost


If you are on Broadband, a Firewall is a must. This award winning Firewall has a version available for free. It's great. It has loads of features and doesn't slow your machine down delivering them.




Skype


Voice communication over the Internet. Like having an extra telephone line for free. What is more, calls to other Skype users anywhere in the world are free, and worldwide calls to landlines are at local rates. My wife called her parents when they were in Singapore and had a 44min conversation for just 73p. (Requires microphone)




SharpReader


RSS aggregator. Displays the latest posts from all your favourite Blogs and other news feeds.




Trillian


If you use Instant Messaging to communicate with your friends online, you must try this. It supports AOL, MSN, ICQ, Yahoo, and IRC all simultaneously, and all without adverts. It's skinable too, so you can make it look just how you like.




Open Office


A full office suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and drawing program) all for free. It's a monster of a download though. Not to be attempted without Broadband! But definitely worth the wait.




5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks Chris. I'll have a look at these; I know if you recommend them then they must be ok.
Roger

Joacim said...

Can I use Thunderbird with my Gmail adress? Is it easy to start with that program?

Joacim said...

*Easy to use*

Chris HH said...

Yes, I use Thuderbird with my gmail account. The instructions are here:

http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=13285&topic=194

Joacim said...

Thank you very much!!
Have I nice day!