Free Software – Economy and Excitement

97It seems like the cost of everything is increasing these days. Fuel, food, entertainment and housing are all suffering from escalating price markers. However, there is way to cut back on the price of your computer software. You can actually find software designed by individuals and by companies on the internet at no cost to you. You may find ‘free’ hard to believe, but it is nonetheless true. Free software can be obtained for many of the common tasks that you do on your computer every day.

You may wonder why there would be such a thing as freeware available. Everyone knows that designing, producing and marketing any product requires a large investment of capital before it can be considered successful, right? Well, the fact is that many individuals design software and other products as well, just to prove it can be done, or to prove that there is a better way to do something. Software that is designed just for fun may be serious programming, or it may be games that are in response to a trivial comment or challenge. Some of the software is good and useful, other programming efforts are less than successful. Even the poor renditions may spark the idea of someone else so that it can be improved, upgraded and made profitable.

Freeware is also made available by companies to test the reception to a new software product they have developed. Regardless of the amount of in house testing and beta testing, nothing gives quite as much information about how the product will work in the hands of the general public as to place it there at no charge. So, a software company may make a special offer to site visitors that they can download free software from the business site to use either for a temporary time, or they may just give the software away. The software may be given just for the purpose of obtaining a mailing list for future company products and services.

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Downloading Add-Ins and Free Software For Microsoft Office Software

96Microsoft is continuously creating additional utilities, tool and other items that make Office run more smoothly and effectively.

Many of these items are available to you as free downloads at the Microsoft Office online web site. Searching for these items can make your life a lot easier when it comes to working in Microsoft Office.

When you are using Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access, click the office button and click the program’s options button on the menu. When the options dialog box has opened, click the resources category. Now go into the Microsoft Office online section, and click the go online button. This will open the Microsoft Office online web page; you will need to have a working internet connection to access this page.

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Free Computer Security Software – A Leaking Seal!

95There is nothing wrong with taking less than adequate measures to prevent a bigger damage to anything you treasure if you have financial or other constraints, as long as this is done temporarily over a short time. Similar reasoning applies when it comes to computer security threats.

Unfortunately some (if not most) computer users tend to forget this. They search on the internet for free computer security software which they dump into their computers and hope for the best. Most of the free software developers consistently forget to inform the downloaders of the inadequacies of their software – and they are many and significant!

A simple search for free anti-spyware programs on any search engine yields significant results. If we exclude genuine beta-software from these results, almost all of these anti-spyware programs operate on the principle – “Get infected first, then call us”. In other words these programs are reactive. They scan and destroy spyware as it’s found in the user’s computer. The real downside of these programs is that they offer no real-time protection. Are you surprised? Maybe you’ve forgotten that “there’s no such thing a free lunch”!

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Can You Use Free Software to Do Transcription Work From Home?

94The most important software you’ll need to do digital transcription work from home is transcription software. After installing the transcription software and receiving an audio file, the software will recognize the digital file. The transcriptionist can open the file, hear the recording and transcribe it.

The digital transcriptionist listens to the recording by using transcription software and a foot pedal that is attached to the computer. The software and the foot pedal allow the transcriptionist to start, stop, rewind, forward, slow down and speed up the recording and keep their hands free for typing. You can even use the hotkeys provided with some of the free transcription software to stop, start, rewind and play the recording instead of using a foot pedal. But using a foot pedal will increase your productivity.

Transcription software works similarly to the way tape transcription machines are working. Once you get used digital files, they will be as easy to work with as the old cassette transcribers.

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Free Translation Software: Pros and Cons

93The introduction of translation software has contributed mightily to overcoming the language barriers induced by globalization. Even as English has become a universally recognized language in cross-border communication, international business affairs and global media, the importance of translation as means of reaching a wider audience is still essential.

News outlets, book publishers, film distributors and retailers expand their reach by introducing their products to foreign markets in multiple languages. Corporations are also expected to hire professional translators, both written and spoken, when dealing with their partners abroad. For small businesses and online publications with smaller budgets, translation software often proves as a viable alternative to costly translator services and expensive employees.

Individuals are just as eager to embrace these technological advantages in everyday communication. In an attempt to improve their web experience, Internet users often turn to automated online translators when viewing content on foreign websites. It gives them access to the information they could not read otherwise, and for people not fluent in English, this is an immense advantage.

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