Category Archives: Free

Online Etch a Sketch

Here you go, draw some stairs.


Track your favorite arists’ new CD releases with

newrss.jpgHave a need or desire to keep up with your favorite artist’s latest releases? Check our this slick service. takes the names of your favorite bands and creates an RSS feed that lets you see when the artists you are interested in release a new CD. Currently you can add artists to your custom feed, but not delete them. No problem, just make a new one. This tracks releases on so if yer’ faves are not on there, you might have a little trouble. I love it because as soon as I see an artist appear on there, I know I can go right to to Amazon and buy it if I like. Enjoy!

Yahoo mail notification

ymail-notifier.jpg(Yahoo! Mail users only.)This is a great extension for FireFox I always install on any computer I have. It is called YMail and is by Terry Yuen. It creates a small icon at the bottom of your browser which shows you if you have a new email.

*You can see how many emails you have, you can set the frequency it checks automatically as well as check on demand.

*The visual notification settings are easily altered, I turn mine off sometimes when I am doing an online demo so viewers aren’t distracted by it.

*You can use it to go straight to your inbox.

Check out the author’s other projects at this site.

Download different software for free everyday

green-download-icon.jpgGiveaway of the Day features a free download of software that is normally not freeware. Every 24 hours they feature a new software title and you have 24 hours to download and install that software for free. It is obviously what they are doing here. The software vendors are offering a digital “free sample” of their product to get the word out. Giveaway of the Day is using that to get the traffic and presumably, ad revenue. No problem with that, we get free software!

Free Anti-Spyware software from the makers of Zone Alarm

free-antispyware-download-from-the-makers-of-zone-alarm.jpgCheck Point Software is offering a free download and install of its basic version of ZoneAlarm Anti-Spyware. You may recognize the ZoneAlarm brand from their award winning and industry leading Firewall application. I used to sell security software and I didn’t want to compete against them because they make a good product.

Go to this website to get a download link. You must do so before 5pm PST (8pm EST) on November 14th, although the link you get will be good for a week. This product includes both a spyware “finder” and “remover”, and you get free updates for a year.

This is their entry-level product, if you want more features you need to break out some cash. This can be good even if you already think you are pretty well protected by your own software. Spyware is a sneaky little vixen and no product finds all of it all of the time.

Great article on finding help with your troubled electronics

Wow. I have been trying to figure out exactly which part of this article I want to write about. I finally decided it is so good that honestly I think the best thing to do is just post the link for the article and tell you to read it yourself. So here it is:

Hopefully, I can post about a few different things in that article in the future in more detail. I have been wanting to replace the battery on an old iPod anyway so maybe I will try that.

Print anything to PDF

One of the best tools I have been using is the “Print to PDF” application, CutePDF Writer. The program allows you to print anything to PDF–websites, documents, images, etc. Maybe that doesn’t sound like a huge deal, but here’s how I use it, see if you have anything in common with any of these:

  • Web pages. I use the web for a lot of research and information gathering. Sometimes I want to hold onto the information I see on a web page, but I don’t want to add to a long list of book marks just for one web page. Also, what if the web page is altered or the URL changes? I could print it to hard copy but then I would have to store that somewhere. I could save the whole web page to my hard drive but that can be messy. Instead I print the page to PDF and store that to my hard drive in a nice small package. I have done this with articles like “Confessions of a former Verizon Sales Rep, “How to turn cheap steaks into prime meat” and “Hide your email address from Spam Bots“. Think of it as digitally tearing an article from a magazine.
  • At work, I create price quotes and proposals using Excel and Word. I then email these documents to customers. It could be a sticky situation for me if someone altered the price on one of those and then tried to buy from us. Also, some folks use some old security practices and still don’t allow Word documents to be mailed to them. After creating the document, I print it to PDF and not only to I have a much harder to alter document, but it is also smaller in size for emailing.
  • Using a computer that doesn’t have a printer but need to print something anyway? Print it to PDF, email it to a computer that has a printer, then print a hard copy when you get to that computer. When I did my taxes at home, I did not have a printer there as well. I could not do the return and print it at work because I could not load the tax software on my work computer. So I printed it to PDF on my home computer, emailed it to myself, then printed it up at work and dropped it in the mail.

Go to CutePDF’s web site and download CutePDF Writer. You actually have to download and install 2 items, the print portion and the PDF converter tool. Once you have downloaded and installed them, open document or a web page and select “File” then “Print”. (You want a command which brings up the print options window, some applications have a button which just sends the document straight to the printer–you probably don’t want that.)

When the print window opens, click the drop down to select which printer you want to print to. Make sure to select “Cute PDF Writer” as the printer you want to print to. (Click the below image for a better look.)

Print to PDF Small

The program will do it stuff and then ask you where you want to save the PDF you just created.

saving a print to pdf

As you can see, I save all mine in a folder appropriately called “Web PDFs”. There you go. You now have a convenient way of saving information, and it is paperless. (Note: Apparently not all “Print to PDF programs are created equal, and some may include malware. This one has won awards and is rated pretty well on CNET.)