I'm turning 36 on Monday. I'm tempted to do the cheesy thing for the sake of amusement and take advantage of "free on your birthday" offers - can you suggest some good ones (I know about these
)? What was the best free thing you got on your birthday?
posted by deliriouscool
on May 5, 2005 -
sometime in the last week or so, there was a thread on the blue that (i seem to recall) had something to do with growing vegetables... or horticulture... or something. and in the comments i'm nearly sure i saw a link to some sort of software that would let you mess with the pH levels in your soil, lighting levels, etc... like a "sim-'growing things'" kind of software. [more inside]
posted by radiosilents
on Apr 26, 2005 -
Are there any good sources for free sound effects? Preferably free in terms of both purchase and royalty costs.
posted by too many notes
on Apr 14, 2005 -
Does anyone know of a software development tool vendor that provides free training (not online, but in person) , please share ?
It doesnt matter what kind of software development tool vendor it is. Any will do.
posted by jaydedx
on Apr 14, 2005 -
I'm looking for a political map of Japan, divided into prefectures, that is both free and compatible with Adobe Illustrator. [more inside]
posted by armage
on Apr 3, 2005 -
Are free business magazines worth it? Magazines.com
and a couple of other websites are offerring free magazines to "qualified subscribers." Has anyone signed up before? Do these magazines generally have valuable content or are they created just to gather names and addresses for advertisers?
posted by yevge
on Mar 30, 2005 -
What examples are there of consumer-grade open source software whose quality surpasses that of closed source, proprietary software? [more inside]
posted by pealco
on Mar 15, 2005 -
Is there a free, online database of lawsuits filed in the US? My Google-fu is no match for awesome super-powerful search engine spam... [more inside]
posted by stringbean
on Mar 13, 2005 -
Is there such a thing as a freely available database of Congresspeople? Names, districts, party affiliations, etc. Preferably easily loadable into a MySQL database. You'd think with the success of grassroots politics on the web someone would be offering one, but everything I've found wants me to pay a significant amount of money for one.
posted by crawl
on Mar 4, 2005 -
Can anyone direct me to a website with usernames / passwords for public consumption for sites like NY Times, WSJ, etc? [more inside]
posted by elsar
on Mar 4, 2005 -
What free hit counter do you guys recommend for a blog?
posted by guictx
on Feb 9, 2005 -
What (free) Windows program will convert a CMYK TIFF to a lossless CMYK JPEG2000, assuming JPEG2000 can cope with CMYK? If possible, I'd like to avoid having to know how JPEG2000 works just to be able choose the right settings.
posted by krisjohn
on Feb 6, 2005 -
What is a decent, free spam filter for Outlook Express? Suggestions that I use another mail client are not necessary.
posted by pieoverdone
on Feb 5, 2005 -
I'm looking to put together a DVD compilation as a small christmas present and was hoping to include a bunch of historical film clips. It might include things like the moon landing, Louis Armstrong, presidential speeches, anything and everything really from the significant to the minutiae of everyday life. Does anyone know of a good source for this sort of thing on the web? Would have to be free.
posted by figment
on Dec 16, 2004 -
I am looking for free stickers online. I am willing to fill out a survey, supply an email address, join street team or do just about anything other than exchange currency for the sticker. Sites with many free stickers or only one free sticker are equally welcome. Thank you.
posted by sciurus
on Nov 24, 2004 -
Hard disk management. I have several hard drives, running from 20GB to 120GB. My primary C: drive is on the 20GB drive, and the other day I noticed it was taking quite a while to do things, the C: drive was down to about 20MB of disk space! What I'm looking for is a disk manager that would look at hard drive and tell me what folders are taking up what space on the hard drive, so I could prune the offending directories. I'm on Windows 2000, and would prefer freeware.
posted by patrickje
on Nov 8, 2004 -
I need a package to facilitate collaboration among a group of people spread across the Internet/globe. Ideally it would track staff, projects, to-do lists and contacts. Open source (PHP/mySQL) would be ideal. Any suggestions?
posted by Leonard
on Nov 4, 2004 -
DHTML/CSS Wizards: I am looking for free source code to create a simple two-tiered menu. When you hover above a link in a horizontal list of links, each link will display the sublinks in another horizontal bar underneath the first list of links. An example can be seen at macromedia.com. Although I could do this easily enough in Flash, I'm hoping there is some code already out there somewhere in DHTML/CSS/XHTML.
posted by banished
on Sep 29, 2004 -
Can somebody suggest a good, free file search/download/share utility that won't gum up my Windows computer with a ton o' spyware?
posted by alumshubby
on Sep 21, 2004 -
I'm making a music playlist, the theme of which is music piracy. What songs would you recommend for it? Things like Bow Wow Wow "C30, C60, C90, Go" or I guess anything with words like "free" or "copy" in the title...
posted by skylar
on Sep 10, 2004 -
Is it possible to get book descriptions electronically from a variety of publishers...for free? [you bet there's more inside] [more inside]
posted by cmonkey
on Sep 3, 2004 -
I'm looking for fonts (particularly free, natch) that epitomise "traditional jazz" for a not-for-profit jazz club site that my mother volunteered me to make. Any ideas, O brainy ones? [more inside]
posted by Pericles
on Sep 2, 2004 -
Is there a free or open source alternative to this
macromedia flash-based mp3 player?
posted by banished
on Aug 20, 2004 -
What are some good examples of posting documents of varying shapes, styles, length and layouts (in this case menus) online. I'm thinking pdf -- but is there a way to do that free?
posted by TurkishGolds
on Aug 16, 2004 -
Any free or cheap Spanish language lessons in New York? [reasons for miserliness inside] [more inside]
posted by madman
on Aug 9, 2004 -
Fantasy Football help! There are so many fantasy sports sites on the web that it's impossible to tell who knows their stuff and who doesn't. Oh, and they all want $19.95 to tell me that Peyton Manning is good. Any recommendations for some solid, free sources of fantasy football information?
posted by herc
on Aug 2, 2004 -
What is the current best freeware audio editing application? The specific need is for ripping a cd, then playing it back slower without altering the key.
posted by gnz2001
on Jul 20, 2004 -
I'm looking for some (free) software that will let me set up a "document dropbox" on my web server. Basically I want to upload files and then have them be available -- through a nice-looking interface -- to users of my choosing. Searching Google and Sourceforge hasn't found me anything useful yet, although bytehoard
is about 25% of the way there.
posted by Aaorn
on May 27, 2004 -
I remember seeing a free disposable email service
which showed a public stream of received mail to any of its addresses right on the front page, and another one which let you syndicate its inbound-mail stream? Does anyone remember these services? I can't find them.
posted by brownpau
on May 10, 2004 -
What is the best free or low-cost content management software for Web site management?
posted by tranquileye
on Apr 28, 2004 -
Is there a free alternative to eFax
for sending faxes via the web or via email? eFax has increased their setup fee to about $26, and all I need to do is send two faxes over this coming weekend. That's all. I've looked at send2fax
, but neither are instilling confidence. Anyone?
posted by grabbingsand
on Apr 16, 2004 -
Anyone know of a good source for free images that would be good to use on t-shirts? [simorede] [more inside]
posted by rorycberger
on Apr 5, 2004 -
What is an easy-to-install fairly secure Windows-based Webserver that I can use to show some static pages (so, no scripting needed) in an intranet. Non-IIS.
posted by vacapinta
on Mar 11, 2004 -
We went to a home show recently, and while there my sweetheart apparently filled out some sweepstakes form. As a result, we got a call today from a nearby resort offering us several apparently-nice 'free gifts' in exchange for visiting their timeshare-resort and "learning more about their property" .... my question is: I assume this is a scam of some kind, but what kind of scam is it? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav
on Feb 25, 2004 -
Does anyone know of a free (emphasis on FREE) program for Mac (or something I can run through X-11) that can either 1. rip just part of a CD track to MP3 or 2. create a new file from part of an MP3? I'm annoyed with "hidden" tracks that introduce 15 minutes of silence when my iPod is on random.
posted by The Michael The
on Feb 24, 2004 -
of this question has been asked previously, but I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with free
subdomain hosts. I need to run a forum-type (probably YaBBS-based) site for next eight months only, so I don't need a yearly package and I'd prefer to not spend a dime if possible, but I don't want it littered with pop-ups and banners either. Ideas or leads?
posted by grabbingsand
on Feb 23, 2004 -
Is there a free/cheap family-tree program (for the PC) that outputs in ascii text (with dashes, pipe-symbols, etc. as the connectors between people) or HTML format?
posted by grumblebee
on Feb 9, 2004 -
Is there a good free way to begin to learn to speak japanese?
posted by drezdn
on Jan 28, 2004 -
What's the best very cheap web- and email-hosting provider? Most packages are geared for small business, but this is for a personal site, so the web-hosting part of it is secondary to my primary purpose of using a less generic domain name (hotmail/yahoo don't cut it).
What I want is a solid combination of reliable pop and webmail at a domain of my choosing, with ~50MB space, for less than $5/month. I'm currently considering doteasy.com and netfirms.com, and doteasy is winning but for the 20MB space they provide.
posted by Sinner
on Jan 27, 2004 -
What's the best (free, easy to install, doesn't hog resources) emai list software for OS X?
I've been running Macjordomo, but it is buggy and hogs resources, slowing down my machine. I manage about 10 local lists, with not more than 20 members of each list.
I thank you, MeFi gestalt...
posted by mecran01
on Jan 23, 2004 -
My laptop has taken to switching itself off at random intervals, but only at my parents or in-laws houses. The general consensus is that these houses are hotter than my own and it may be just enough to upset my system.
Can anyone recommend a good freeware (pref OpenSource) program to check up on the internal temperatures of the system? I'm running WinXP.
posted by twine42
on Jan 21, 2004 -
What's some good, preferably free software for manipulating TIFF images? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by Jimbob
on Jan 14, 2004 -