Great products at a great price - free?
The Open Source Community is developing some incredible products
one of those is OppenOffice.org
which is an office suite that can read and write the big guy’s
office documents. It is free for both personal and business
use (see the site for license details). The following is quote
from the OppenOffice.org
web site in describing the OppenOffice.org
OpenOffice.org 1.1 gives you everything you'd expect
in office software. You can create dynamic documents, analyse
data, design eye-catching presentations, produce dramatic
illustrations, and open up your databases. You can publish
your work in Portable Document Format (.pdf), and release
your graphics in Flash (.swf) format - without needing any
additional software. International users are not forgotten,
with support for complex text layout (CTL) languages (such
as Thai, Hindi, Arabic, and Hebrew) and vertical writing
If you're used to using other office suites - such
as Microsoft Office - you'll be completely at home with
OpenOffice.org 1.1. However, as you become used to OpenOffice.org
1.1, you'll start to appreciate the extras that make your
life easier. You can of course continue to use your old
Microsoft Office files without any problems - and if you
need to exchange files with people still using Microsoft
Office, that's no problem either.
The following two are free for personal
use (see respective site for license details). Both are best
of class type products so no home user should have an excuse
for not having a firewall and Anti-Virus software on their
ZoneAlarm is a great
way to keep hackers out of your computer. The free version
provides basic protection. ZoneAlarm is a recognized personal
firewall product with millions of users.
Grisoft's AVG Anti-Virus
is a great anti-virus product. We were so impressed with
this product that we've become an authorized reseller. We
highly recommend it to all of our clients. Grisoft, graciously,
makes it available at no charge for personal use (see their
web site for license details).
Unsolicited email, also known as spam - don't you just hate
it? Well MailWasher
will help in deleting it before you download the mail to your
computer. The free version handles one account. See the web
site for license details. This is a great time saver. Here's
some info from their web site.
MailWasher works directly with your email server, exactly
like your email program does. But there is one important
difference: you can tell MailWasher to delete a message
at the server, without downloading it - or you can bounce
an email back to the sender so that it looks as though your
address is not valid.
MailWasher retrieves information about all the emails
on the server. With that information (some of which is also
processed by MailWasher) you can decide what to do with
each individual email - download, delete, or bounce back.
Do you hate those annoying popups? Then EMS
Free Surfer is for you. It is freeware (see the web site
for license details). From their web site:
EMS Free Surfer mk II is multilanguage supported freeware
popup stopper, cache cleaner and surfing companion for Internet
Explorer. FS and its fs-20 inference chain engine do not
in any way interfere with opening new windows. No white
lists, block lists or anything; just start it and surf in
peace. And it's configuration free.
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