The Internet is full of amazing products and services. Many of them are free. Many people fear taking advantage of free software or services because it could be a scam, attempts to take personal information, or could just be a waste of time compared to tried and true paid products.
I have been using the Internet for decades, and have been a patron of "freeware" long before the public generally had access to the Internet. While sometimes pay software is the way to go, I often find that freeware is just as good or even better than most of the payware that competes with it.
In this blog, I hope to pass along some of the best freeware that I have found and explain why you might want to give it a try.
First, a little about me. In addition to being a home networking enthusiast, I am an IT Director for a mid-sized law firm. I spend a great deal of time testing a wide range of products and services for work as well as personal use.
My first computer was an Apple II back in the mid 1980's. I actually became rather soured with Apple and have a rather strong bias against it. I soon moved to a Tandy 1000, an IBM clone running MS-DOS 2.0. I soon started sending away for "freeware" and "shareware" that was mailed on floppy disks. I the 1990's I got involved on local BBS clubs where people could swap messages via mode. Eventually this led to the Internet and the World Wide Web.
I have been a long time fan of Windows for my PC and laptop. I never got into Linux, which I'll admit is a big part of things for people who like free and open source. I focused more on Windows applications. When mobile became popular, I was an early adopter of Android for my phone and later a tablet.
Please feel free to comment on my posts and provide feedback. I hope that you will find my thoughts useful.