What free stuff on the internet should everyone be taking advantage of?
Some I don't see here... Ninite italic Provides easymon sense way of downloading and installing a large number of very useful and popular programs. Avoids all the add on garbage and you can use the install file as an updater (especially for Adobe and Java). I run the file in scheduled tasks to automatically update these programs in bulk. You can find internet browsers media players antiviruses CD burning and more. Crackle italic A decent (and legal) library of movies and TV shows. All free. Ad driven. IP Chicken italic Does nothing more than tell you what IP address the rest of the world sees you at. Old Versions italic If you have an olderputer or find the newest versions of some of your favorite programs are buggy or just too new this is where you can get an older version of those programs such as IE Firefox and about a hundred or more others. Pogo italic Great place for wasting time. Lots of games both solo and multiplayer. There is a premium service but the free stuff is just as good. You earn credits for playing that you can use to buy avatar stuff or use in auctions. Ad driven. Sourceforge italic italic Biggest repository of open source software. Heaven for technogeeks but also has some great stuff for the novice. Saw this in another answer after this was written but definitely worth a look. Many open source home sites to Sourceforge but you need to be aware that much of the software is source code orpiled for specific operating systems. It just takes a little patience but you can usually find a high quality open source version of any program you need for whatever OS you have. Google collects info on you every time you connect with them. Duck Duck Go is a rising star with the privacy crowd. It might possibly be the next big thing. Puppy Linux italic If you have a really oldputer that you don't want to throw away but you want to use some of the more current software on this flavor of Linux is a stripped down version of Ubuntu with all the basics in office and internet software. Burn it on a disk and run theputer from that. Live linux disks are a great option if you have someone who likes getting viruses or changing your settings. Amazon italic Yes the biggest online retailer has a lot of free stuff. If you have a Kindle or Android device Amazon has a free app download daily plus a lot of free apps overall. If you are looking for a classic book to read or something not well known they have a lot of free books online (as well as a digital lending library). Edit 26 Dec 216 Bookbub s A nice site that lists out all the cheap and free ebooks available on multiple book sites such as Amazon Google Barnes and Noble and Apple. You can get a daily email with your preferences of seller and genre. Edit 16 Feb 217 If youre into lesser known movies tv episodes and documentaries YouTube has a butt ton of stuff and once you start perusing them new ones will keep showing in your feed. Granted there quite a few that are probably unauthorized but there are some that are specifically put on by the producers. Better in some cases than Netflix or Amazon. originally a website that specialized in old software made to run on modern operating systems has a number of free games albeit old ones that you can get for the price of just signing up. They often have limited time free deals too to keep peopleing back to the site regularly. You don need a credit card and you can turn off the email notifications if you want. Additionally if you sign up with Origin They offer an On the house game which changes from time to time. A legally free alpha version of Minecraft is available for download . If you have the Raspberry Pi and use the latest version of Raspbian this version of Minecraft is already provided but you can download it for the PC here Minecraft + . This is an older version so many of the newer features won be available. I normally use Dropbox for most of my online storage. They give you 5 gig of space free to start out but you can get additional space either by rmending to friends and family who sign on or paying. But Google Drive s gives you 15 gig for free just for signing up for a Gmail account. Microsoft Onedrive s gives you 5 Gig free for getting an Outlook account. One thing I like to make more people aware of is just how free the Raspberry Pi s is. There are several other similarputers too but the RPi is the original. While the board is only about 35 dollars (along with some other items) there is amunity that has dedicated itself to providing quality content for this amazing littleputer. Ive been playing around with RetroPie s a multi game console emulator as well as Ubuntu with Mate and the primary OS Raspbian s . The PI has a an HDMI interface and several programs take advantage of this making it an ideal media center. For people who don want to have to look for each of these there an install called NOOBS that allows you to pick and choose. Basically nearly everything you can do on the PI is online for free.
What are the best software tools for writing books?
Here are a few freeware programs that I've seen rmended by fiction writers and NaNoWriMo participants yWriter () - This is basically a word processor but it allows you to work on chapters and scenes as individual units of writing which can be easily rearranged and reorganized. You basically begin a novel project and add chapters and scenes. You can include descriptions of each scene the characters and locations involved etc. for easy reference. The interface is simple and intuitive. Some writers use it topose their entire novels; I mostly use it for outlining and find it very useful. n Storybook () - Another popular choice for open source software though I haven't tried this one. The interface looks a bit clunkier but it looks like they have neat charts and different ways of laying out your project if you're a visual sort of person. From the website Store all information about your characters and locations in one place. Then use the included Storybook features for managing chapters scenes characters and locations items and tags. A simple interface is provided to enable you to assign your defined characters locations items and tags to each scene and to keep an overview of your work with user-friendly chart tools. n nThese two are the most popular free writing programs that I'm aware of. Here are a few more that might be useful depending on your needs LitLift () - An online writing program which likewise plots scenes characters locations descriptions etc. It looks like the idea is to outline and organize writing projects rather than to serve as a writing processor. They have some extra tools like a character name generator. LitLift is a free online novel writing application built to help you research store and organize the information you'll need to write your novel. n n FreeMind () - a really cool freeware mind-mapping program that allows you visually plot characters relationships and plot elements. Great for brainstorming and keeping track of things if you like seeing visual connections. (There are lots of other similar andpatible mind-mapping tools.) n Blurb Booksmart () - I don't think this is exactly novel-writing software (more a self-publishing tool) but it could be a neat way to design the layout of your work and see what it would look like if published. You don't have to pay anything to just use the software. nIf you need some distraction-free tools to keep focus here are a couple really simple onesn FocusWriter () - Don't let the black screen with green font in the video scare you off; you can set up different themes and colors. FocusWriter is a simple distraction-free writing environment. It utilizes a hide-away interface that you access by moving your mouse to the edges of the screen allowing the program to have a familiar look and feel to it while still getting out of the way so that you can immerse yourself in your work. n n PenZen () - Literally just a an empty browser page with two save buttons. Awesome. nHere are a few websites that list a bunch of open source tools for writers including writing software dictionaries and spell check story outlining and mapping etc. moreprehensivelyn
What are some free text editors (instead of MS Word) that can write mathematical formulas?
There an online editor here for LaTeX formula editor and browser-based math equation editor - here an example of some LaTex code inserted into Quora using the following mathint_x_^x^nf(x)dxapproxsum_i=1^n-1w_if(x_i) code And here how Quora displays it int_x_^x^nf(x)dxapproxsum_i=1^n-1w_if(x_i) math Browser-based real-time TeX LaTeX and ASCIIMath visualization If you want a program to do something similar try LibreOffice Math - which is part of the free LibreOffice suite. Insert this code int_x_^x^nf(x)dx approx sum_i=1^n-1w_if(x_i) code And here the result
How do you use Microsoft Word to edit webpages?
You can resize the page in MS Word to make the document page in the same size of a webpage. But I usually make the sample of a webpage in Microsoft Excel because a worksheet in Excel is more flexible than the page in Word and you can put images anywhere. However you can find a professional webpage designer like Edraw Max s that can help you make and edit webpages quickly and easily. s
What are the most productive ways to spend time on the Internet?
I think a lot of these answers miss the point of the question. The real issue isn't that there's a paucity of useful webpages on the internet it's that taking advantage italic of those webpages is difficult. What does it say about human beings that we really italic can get an Ivy League education for free online but nearly nobody does it? The Coursera and Udacity and Khan Academy attrition rates are so phenomenal that it makes thepletion rates look like round-off errors. We live in an attention-deficit culture and the solution isn't better websites it's better humans. In view of spending your time more effectively I suggest the following tipsn Completely cut Facebook Reddit Twitter and any other social sites out of your life. If you are unable to do this strictly regulate the total time spent on these sites to 3 minutes to an hour each day. You can download Chrome extensions to help you with this like StayFocusd s . But I cannot emphasize enough how much these sites will ruin your life. Everyone alwayses to the defense of social media with excuses like well I use Facebook to keep in touch with my high school friends and relatives overseas or Twitter is how I stay up-to-date with current events or you can learn lots of great things with specialized subreddits and so on. Yet when you look at a distribution of how people actually italic allocate their time nearly none of it is spent doing the very things that people point to when they justify their behavior. It's always just mindless scrolling animated gifs cat videos the first twenty seconds of a really neat lecture and so could be a more devastating rebuke of social media than the fact that nobody uses it for the reasons it was designed? This is of course auxiliary to the more important reality that research on Facebook consistently shows that it makes everyone more sad and less fulfilled with life on average.n To-do lists. There may be nothing more insanely effective than a to-do list. Write down what you have to do prioritize the list by difficulty and be excruciatingly detailed when you write down your objectives. Don't get fancy don't use Evernote or a Chrome Extension or some app just use paper and pen. Don't write Finish research paper on ethics. Write Write one page on Chapter 3 of Peter Singer's 'Practical Ethics. The smaller more discrete the tasks the more superable they be. Also plan how italic you are going to efficiently procrastinate in between the tasks. Write play chess watch a Noam Chomsky lecture do one lesson of DuoLingo and so forth in between big tasks. Take a power nap if you're too exhausted to be efficient with your procrastination. nnRemember when you don't plan your time you fail to take advantage of opportunities that avail themselves and you go for the path of least resistance -- which usually happens to be AngryBirds and YouTube videos.n