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OpenCulture.com Offers 1300 Free Online Courses

OpenCulture.com is an excellent source of free educational media. 1300 courses (over 45,000 hours) in many, many categories seem to be mostly video classes. You’re sure to find something of interest, unless you already know too much.

Go to OpenCulture.com.

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Excellent Site For Free eBooks – PDF Drive

From the PDF Drive.net site –

PDF Drive is your search engine for PDF files. As of today we have 48,168,883 eBooks for you to download for free. No annoying ads, no download limits, enjoy it and don’t forget to bookmark and share the love.

My 2 cents –

I found this site quite useful when recently looking for an ebook on Microsoft Access. No need to sign up for anything, no need to give them an email address, just download any ebooks you like. I found 3 titles that fit my Access needs. I was able to download 2 of the 3, the third one was no longer available. I noticed that many of the “For Dummies” ebooks are available. Be aware that when you click on the “Download PDF” button and a progress bar appears, that the PDF is not yet being downloaded. You must wait for the blue progress bar to finish and the click the green “Go To PDF” button.

Go to PDF Drive.

FreeFile Review – Microsoft Office For Free?

FFR-WP-logoOneDriveYes, you can get Microsoft Office free, but with two caveats: 1.the applications are online, so an internet connection is needed and performance can be a little sluggish, 2. the apps are stripped down versions. The free Office suite is part of OneDrive, Microsoft’s online storage, formerly called SkyDrive. Sign up for a free account on OneDrive to get 7GB of free online storage as well as access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. OneDrive is available for Windows, Mac, and most smart phones.

Word is the best of the online apps, having all the features most users will need. Once on your OneDrive webpage, simply click the “Create” button, at the top, to create a new document. Old documents can be uploaded to OneDrive and edited. Documents can be downloaded by choosing File> Save As> and then opting for .docx or .pdf.

Excel seems more limited than Word. Power users will be frustrated due to missing features, but occasional users should find it sufficient. Spredsheets can be downloaded only as .xlsx files.

PowerPoint, much like Excel, will satisfy less advanced users, while disappointing power users. Presentations can be downloaded only as .xlsx files.

– – – – The Bottom Line – – – –

For occasional, less demanding users, OneDrive is fantastic – 7GB of online storage and Microsoft Office – all for free.

Sign up for OneDrive HERE

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FreeFile Review – Any Burn

FFR-WP-logoanyburnAny Burn is a portable burning application. It will burn almost every type of non-video optical disc (audio, data, ISO) onto CD, DVD or Blu-Ray. Since I discovered this program a month ago, it has become my go-to application for burning data discs. Any Burn is Windows only.

What I like –

Portable (no installation needed – just unzip and click on AnyBurn.exe).

Simplicity (limited options, but all the necessary ones are there).

Reliability (no program crashes, no burning errors).

Data discs burned quickly and problem free. In my audio CD test, a 48 minute, 12 track CD was ripped to Mp3s in 5 minutes. Those 12 Mp3 tracks were then burned to an audio CD in about 3 minutes. I find those times to be very good. The ISO functions also seem to work quickly and error free. Burning options are limited to the basics (recording speed, finalize, verify). CD rips can be saved at several different bit rates in several formats (Mp3, Wav, WMA, Flac or Ape).

What I didn’t like – Nothing – although, video DVDs would be nice.

– – – – – The Bottom Line – – – – –
AnyBurn’s simplicity and snappy performance make it a no-brainer. If you need burning software, get Any Burn.

Download AnyBurn HERE

Read more FreeFile Reviews at DanKostecki.com

 

Free Ad-supported Underwear – Japan Innovates Again

Gizmodo reported –

Free underwear! Free underwear! Get your free, ad-supported underwear right here! Just head on over to the free pants site, fill out a quick questionnaire and be prepared to be served ads on your drawers. Yes, ads on your drawers. Just sell a little real estate on your soul and you get seven free pairs of skivvies every month. This offer is only good in Japan. And just like Japan, it’s delightfully odd. But it’s hard to argue with free. Would you do it?

 

 

Classic Newspapers – Iranian Hostages Released – January 21, 1981

Several pages have just been added to the classic newspapers at HotMeatloaf.com. The date was Jan. 21, 1981 and the Iranian hostages were released as Ronald Reagan was sworn in as President. Six full pages from the St. Louis Globe-Democrat are available. Hard to believe that it has been more than 30 years since that day.

Read about the hostages HERE

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FreeFile Review – AbiWord

Originally, this review was to be titled “WordPad – The Forgotten Word Processor”, however, it soon became clear that WordPad was forgotten for very good reasons. Support for Word’s .doc format was removed from WordPad when Windows Vista debuted. Little was expected and even less was delivered by WordPad. It may be a reasonable application if your needs begin and end with .rtf (rich text format), but better solutions exist.

Next up is AbiWord which has long been considered the best of the free word processor applications. It is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. Installation was problem free. A few add-ons can be selected during the install, however, the search and translation options merely place internet shortcuts on the ‘Tools’ menu – skip those. The interface is pleasant and relatively uncluttered. AbiWord will open, edit and save to a long list of formats, including .doc and .html. Although, AbiWord is not as full featured as Word, it has spell check, mail merge and supports the embedding of graphics and tables. During my short test, I found no issues opening, editing and saving .doc documents.

Only one negative surfaced. I found a bug (or, is it a feature?). While in the Print layout, the horizontal ruler on top does not line up with the page. It does not affect the page layout, but, I found it annoying.

– – The Bottom Line – –

AbiWord is a capable word processor that should meet most people’s needs. If you want more, consider Libre Office which was reviewed here 3 months ago.

Download AbiWord HERE

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