Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Items I have tagged as user group related (not necessarily MSWindows only, or freeware / opensource) can be found at the following link:
I usually find a few things each day in my perusal of my Google Reader RSS feeds.
Check them out, maybe there will be something of interest to you also.
As usual, leave me a comment and let me know what you think.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Why use freeware?
Free software is a valid choice for many home computer, office computer and Internet server uses. Freeware comes in two basic types, free software with proprietary (ie private) code, and open-source software. It's important to remember that freeware is not a cheap or second-class option - it can often be functionally superior to equivalent commercial software and even of higher quality.
A good article for those interested in freeware.
Earlier this week we asked you to share the free apps you're most thankful for, and you came through with thousands of votes for apps covering the desktop, mobile phone, and devices in between. With a little spreadsheet magic and a few choices of our own, we bring you the top 50 free apps we're all most thankful for. Whether you're celebrating the holiday or not, it's a great list of free software that ought to make for some gluttonous downloading. The popular apps are some of the more obvious, however, so be sure to look further down the list for new free software you may not yet know about.
A good listing of free apps, from Lifehacker. You should be able to find something that interests you.
If one is of particular interest to you, and you would like to know more, let me know and I will try to set it up for a BRCS Freeware SIG session in the future.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Get free, downloadable versions of training courses for Office 2010.
View courses for Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, Powerpoint, Project, SharePoint Server and Word 2010.
All the courses come as PowerPoint 2010 presentations - if you don't have PowerPoint you can download the free PowerPoint Viewer to view the files.
Tip: you can also download Office 2007 and Office 2003 training presentations and access all Office.com web-based training from links at the bottom of the page.
Free training, who says you can't get anything free from Microsoft?
techsupportalert.com comes through again!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
If you’ve just downloaded a file to your computer how do you know if it’s safe to run it? These days many malicious files are specifically designed to seem safe in order to trick you into running them. As soon as you do they go about their nefarious purpose and may infect your computer, steal your credit card information and passwords, or other tasks which I can promise you won’t enjoy. So how can you tell the difference between these files and the legitimate ones?
Very good information from one of my favorite freeware source sites.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
The notes and presentation files are posted in OpenOffice.org, Microsoft Office, and PDF formats with Creative Commons licensing, to allow other user groups to utilize as well.
If you use them, please let me know and what your comments are.
While you are at the box.net location, check out what has been posted for previous sessions. There will be nothing for the November 2010 session, as that is Thanksgiving evening.
If you would like just the links referenced during the session, check out the Links Referenced in SIG Sessions page of this blog: