This week, I am going to point you in the direction of some truly fantastic resources online. You can use these without having to pay a single cent.
Of course, you might be thinking, “What gives? Why do I get stuff for free? I thought there’s no free lunch in this world!”
Well, some people do have hearts of gold and to some people, recognition of a good piece of work is worth more than dollars and cents. In most cases, you can support their work by donating money to them. Otherwise, these people are just happy that you’re helping spread the word about their hard work.
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Resize Photos Easily with IrfanView
IrfanView is a piece of software you can use to view, re-size, adjust and do all those editing stuff for your digital photos. It’s a very fast, small, compact and innovative freeware graphic viewer for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003.
It’s meant for both beginners and professionals so it’s very simple to use. Just download and you’re off and running. Since 2003, IrfanView has had some 1 million downloads per month! Now that’s a lot of people using IrfanView.
To get this freeware, go to http://irfanview.com
Protect Your PC with LavaSoft Ad-Aware
LavaSoft’s Ad-Aware Personal is one great software which I’ve been using for about two years now. It provides advanced protection from known data-mining, aggressive advertising, Trojans, dialers, malware, browser hijackers, and tracking components. And it’s free! I run it once a week to check for tracking software. You can get free updates of this software too so it’ll never be out-of-date.
Go to http://www.lavasoftusa.com and click on Ad-Aware Personal.
Follow the instructions to download. It is installed easily after that.
Never Forget Important Dates Again with CalendarHub
Too many things to keep track of? Now you can do it all easily with an online calendar which you can access anywhere called CalendarHub.
CalendarHub allows you to create reminders, keep track of deadlines, create a calendar for your church or team, or even a schedule for your family. It’s really up to you what you want to do with a calendar. Plus, it’s free.
And the best part is, you can either keep it private or publish it. Like all cool tools, you can go and test out the demo version. If you like, you can also download it to your PC desktop.
Go on over to www.CalendarHub.com to check it out!
Useful Business Templates from Microsoft
While some Microsoft applications drive me crazy, I find that this Microsoft website superb because it offers all users fantastic templates and resources for free.
You can get tips and tricks on using Microsoft applications like MS Word, MS Powerpoint, MS Excel and more at this site. If you’re a clipart fan, you’ll be truly happy at this site. It also offers good online training courses (short clips of 30 minutes or so) and a large number of templates for business, education, career, home and more. You get to download calendars, lists, to-do planners, house-cleaning checklists, legal forms and whatever catches your fancy!
This site is a timesaver because you can directly download, modify and use the MS Excel and MS Word templates for your business.
Get it from http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/default.aspx
Marketing and Business PDFs from ChangeThis
Change This is a website where you can download free PDFs primarily on business and marketing. Good reads include “The Art of the Start” by Guy Kawasaki and “Do Less” by Seth Godin.
Once in a while, you get other good reads on life and living too. Good to bookmark and check often because new PDFs are added all the time. And unlike other websites, this website serves up quality reads.
And if you’re wondering why the PDFs are free, well, think viral marketing. If something is free, it gets spread fast and on the Internet, this can mean anything. One day you’re unknown and tomorrow you could make the news.
If you’ve always wanted to share your knowledge, the good people over at ChangeThis welcome your proposals too!
Get your PDFs by going to www.ChangeThis.com