Software: 2 Cheap and 5 Free

1. Skype for VOP internet calling. People are raving about Skype. Jordon Cooper is using it and Brad Smith sent me an email this morning with a recommendation to save BIG dollars on overseas calls using internet instead of your phone.
2. Ecto is my blogging editor of choice. I use it daily. If you blog and want to write offline and have complete control over your writing and posting, then just download the trial and BUY it like I did. NO REGRETS

1. Google’s Gmail just started an atom feed. Here it is Drag that to your RSS news reader, type in your password, and you should get the headlines in your reader. I found that it did not work with NetNewsWire Lite (free version) so i had to download a trial of NetNewswire to make it work.
Need a Google email account with 1 Gig storage? Email me. I still have a few left and you can have them for FREE (of course)
2. NetNewsWire lite for a decent Mac based news readers. No one has time to surf around for websites. Much better to suck all the headlines into your Reader. Many of you are reading my words on your news reader right now. I still think NetNewsWire for Mac and FeedDemon for PC, but browsers are starting to include functionality for feeds.
3. Hotmail . I opened up my first hotmail account in 1996, in a cybercafe in San Francisco. Memmmmmooorrieeeeeeeeees . . Hotmail finally bumped up the limit to 250 MB on their free email service. But alas. I still have only 2MB. Maybe this is because i am not in USA right now. I should change my address or something.
4. G-Force. FreeVJ/presentation software. G-force is fun to use and free. I have been using it since April 2000, as a non-linear alternative to powerpoint [the devil uses powerpoint] and because i could not afford VJ software. Now i have better software (Arkaos) but i really miss using G-force.
5. Blogger for a free blogging engine and service. Ya gotta love it! Blogger for starting out.

What would you add to this list?


Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • tony sheng says:

    Andrew, thanks for the great ideas –
    I would add (although I’m on Win XP…)
    – Irfanview – a small, quick, compact image viewer – you can do slideshows, resize images quickly, etc. Also has plug ins for major apps like Quicktime, etc.
    – Audacity – a small, compact sound editor – editing mp3s, etc.
    – the Google desktop search engine (of course…), except I don’t think it searches out zip files…

  • *Definitely* bloglines. It’s revolutionized my reading of others’ blogs. And I love that it doubles as a blogroll. It’s the bomb.

  • scotty says:

    thank you for reminding us of G-force….i just finished a trial version of VJ 3.0.2 and am sad that my time is up with it.
    the Live Bookmarks for the latest version of Firefox are quite nice

  • scotty says:

    i would have to add Squarespace to the blogging list. it still has a free version though they have just lowered the bandwidth for it and their customer support is the best.

  • Daniel says:

    Great stuff…can’t wait to try out G-force.
    Just FYI, I’m pulling the Atom feed of my Gmail into NNWLite 2.0b without any trouble.
    I like Adium for IM and ImageWell for quick image manipulation…

  • Daniel says:

    Okay…after tinkering around with G-force for a while, I can see what a great presentation tool it could be. But doesn’t it take an awful lot of back-end work to bring it together? Sure wish some Mac geek would put together a nice Cocoa interface for adding all the sprites and text…
    Alternately, Andrew, you could whip up a wee tutorial…

  • Jon Reid says:

    I have replaced NetNewsWire Lite with NewsFire — check it out.

  • tom says:

    IN the VOP category, I’m lovin’ Vonage ( I live overseas and having a US phone number for $25/month (unlimited calling) is incredible. They have a PC-to-phone option like Skype, but nothing beat talking on a regular phone.

  • scotty says:

    we are using Vonage as well and the new $25/month rate is quite nice. cheap rates for calling over seas too. (though we can’t seem to get through to our friends in Sheffield)

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