Microsoft Office alternatives

November 27, 2007

Office can’t create ODF files without a free third-party plug-in that you can to get here http://sourceforge.net/projects/odf-converter and install yourself. And the new Office 2007 Ribbon interface requires you relearn Office to do anything complicated.

Alternatives on the DesktopSomeday, online services will let you edit your documents as quickly and efficiently as desktop suites, but that day isn’t here yet. If you value speed and you prefer to keep your documents on your own computer, you’ll work mostly in a desktop suite. Microsoft so thoroughly owns the desktop market that any alternative suite needs to offer users a very enticing reason to try it. OpenOffice.org and the IBM Lotus Symphony Beta have one: They’re absolutely free. Corel WordPerfect Office has another reason: It’s different enough from Microsoft Office to spare you most of Office’s annoyances—for which it substitutes some of its own.

Alternatives on the Web

Don’t uninstall Office or WordPerfect just yet—the Internet isn’t available everywhere and all the time—but take a few minutes to try out Google Docs Beta, ThinkFree Office Online, and Zoho. They can’t match the feature depth in Word or Excel, but they make up for that with some unique advantages.

Roundup Reviews

iWork
The Mac-style office application suite is excellent for personal and small-business use, but not ready for the corporate world.

OpenOffice.org
This enterprise-level open-source Microsoft Office alternative is powerful and highly compatible with Office-format files (through Office 2003), but it’s marred by a dreary and complex interface.

IBM Lotus Symphony Beta
This free productivity application suite is based on OpenOffice.org, with IBM’s professional-level interface on top. It’s not as flexible or as advanced as MS Office, but it is one of the best desktop-based Office alternatives.

Google Docs Beta
Google Docs Beta is fast, elegant, convenient, and free—all of which adds up to an Editors’ Choice—winning online office suite.

ThinkFree Office Online
This free on-line office suite uses standard Microsoft-Office file formats for its default formats, making it the most Office-compatible of the online productivity suites.

Zoho
This smorgasbord of free online services has more functions than any other MS Office alternative, but that doesn’t add up to a best-of-breed service.

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Build an External Hard Drive

November 27, 2007

It is a great time to build external hard drive because hard drive memory is really cheap right now. We found a Western Digital 750GB drive for only $249.99 (direct). So, really, the only thing stopping you from doing this is time and a trip to Fry’s. Check out our step-by-step slideshow to see how to do it, and how to maximize the speed of that drive with a quick internal upgrade.Tools and Components
•External enclosure: Antec VERIS MX-1, $69.95 direct
•750GB hard drive: Western Digital Caviar SE16, $249.99 direct
•eSATA card: LaCie SATA II 3-Gbps PCI Express Card 2E, $69.99 direct
•Tools: Phillips-head screwdriver

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Free copy of Camtasia studio 3.

November 26, 2007

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Requires registration at the PC Plus page in order to obtaqin a key.

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Wireless Tools to test Wirless Security.

November 16, 2007

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SMAC is an easy to use MAC Address Changer (Spoofer) for Windows VISTA, 2003, XP, and 2000 systems, regardless of whether the network card manufacturers allow this option or not.


thawte Personal Email Certificates.

November 15, 2007

A thawte Personal E-mail Certificate in conjunction with the thawte Web of Trust allows you to secure and guarantee authorship of your e-mail communications by digitally signing and encrypting your e-mails… absolutely FREE*!

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Movie: “In the Hands of the Gods.”

November 12, 2007

In The Hands Of The Gods is a fly-on-the-wall documentary that follows five young football freestylers from England whose ambition is to meet one of the legends of the game – Diego Maradona. The trouble is they’ve only got enough money to fly to New York and they need to get to Buenos Aires.

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IP Subnet Calculator.

November 12, 2007

The IP Subnet Calculator™ is a popular freeware Windows 95/98/NT/2000 utility for computing information about IP addresses.

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