#208 Great Software: Quick, Easy & Free

All I Want for Xmas is…
…a new computer! Christmas is usually a popular time for people to get new computers and even if you’re not one of them, you might get called into action setting one up for a friend or family member. So to that end, I thought I’d share some great, free resources that can help you get almost everything you’ll need.

Lifehacker Pack

Lifehacker is a great site that reviews hundreds of different software programs. You can take advantage of their wisdom and grab the best stuff by heading over and grabbing their annual Lifehacker Pack. The Lifehackber Pack 2010 is one download that installs the must-have Windows applications you choose in a few simple clicks.

Download the Lifehacker Pack

The software available here is divided into two sections; “Essential” and “Extended”. Either way you can select only what you want and installation is quick and easy. All the options here are free and I can personally vouch that these are among the best options you’ll find for virus protection, firewalls, web browsers, media players, etc.

Google Pack

Google has a similar bundle of software that is also pretty good. There are two from this list that I wouldn’t want to do without. The Chrome web-browser and Picasa.

Download the Google Pack

Chrome:
If you haven’t tried it yet, go and grab a copy of the Google Chrome web browser. It’s lightening fast, even on older PCs and has lots of great add-ins to make your work on the web even more efficient. | http://www.google.com/chrome/

Picasa:
If you take a lot of pictures or are getting a new camera for Christmas, you should definitely check out Picasa. Picasa is a fantastic way to organize, backup and share your photos. Picasa makes emailing photos a snap by automatically resizing them and sending them directly to your email. You can also easily share your photos with family and friends online and even send them directly to Facebook, etc. if you like. | http://picasa.google.com/

What are you hoping for this Christmas?

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