Do You Like Free Stuff?


No, I don’t really expect you to answer.  It’s a rhetorical question.  Of course you like free stuff.  We all do.  But we’ve been raised on the notion that there’s nothing good for free.  Not true.  And there’s a resource out there that reviews and categorizes the good stuff for you.   I’m talking about Gizmo’s Freeware.    I’ve been a subscriber for a long time, and have always appreciated the tips. 

Here’s the perfect example.  For my mother’s 88th birthday present, my sister and I gave her a Kindle.  Best darn thing we ever got her next to the gym membership we got her for her 50th birthday.  But Mom is such an avid reader — sometimes going through a book a day –that she eats through our gift certificates like a hot knife going through butter, and runs up quite a tab on her credit card as well.  She is always looking for the “bargain” books, regardless of whether or not she is really interested in the author or genre.  If the book is under $1 she’ll read it. She’ll be in heaven when I help her bookmark some of the 446 Places for free e-books and audio downloads recently published by Gizmo’s.  It will be an easy thing to download whatever she wants and move them to her Kindle.

Don’t have a Kindle and don’t want to purchase another piece of electronic stuff?  Well, how about free software that will turn your laptop, netbook, or desktop into a great e-reader?  Yep, Gizmo’s provides tips too, in addition to the details and links.

What do you like?  Are you an iPad or iPhone user?  Have you been to their App store?  It’s overwhelming, isn’t it?  There’s a ton of free or no cost applications.  Sure there are end-user ratings on some of the stuff, but nonetheless I’ve had the distinct displeasure of downloading many apps based on high ratings, and been sorely disappointed.  Gizmo’s isn’t the be-all and end-all expert, but when they review something and rate it highly, I have a higher level of confidence, based on experience, that it will work as I expect.  And the fact that they aggregate applications in meaningful ways that make sense to me, make them a great resource.  Take a look for example, at their list of the Best Free iPhone Apps.

I own no stock in Gizmo’s.  I’m just a fan who likes to share with others what I find useful.  Enjoy!

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