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  • File Size: 120 KB
  • Print Length: 41 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Doctor Bob Publications (March 6, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 6, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HAVQUO
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By David J. Moran on March 16, 2012
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This collection of open source and/or freeware alternatives for the well known products is a money saver for most. The best collection suggested, in my opinion, is the open office collection which is a free replacement for Microsoft Office programs. I use both MS and Open Office and while they each have their own personality, you can not beat free for a comparable product that also supports files in the MS format. Bob has presented a wide selection of free products from antivirus to backup to graphical manipulation to an operating system. While most of the programs that Bob suggests I either use or have used, there were two I had not heard of and I built my first computer in the mid 1970s, so even those of us who have been involved for a while have something to gain. If you find only one software solution for a problem from the book it has paid for its self a minimum of 20 times over.
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I was a little skeptical of this book before I started reading it, thinking it would be listing a lot of useless software tools. I was way off on my preconceived opinion. Bob Rankin's guide is short, sweet and to the point - for a variety of business application and other commercial software packages he gives you an introduction of what the software is supposed to do, the pricing, and some of the pros and cons of each. Then, he gives you a free alternative to the commercial software package, the pros and cons of the free software package, if there are upgrade fees to access additional content, and more.

In most of the examples, if you took his advice on one software package alternative you would save $50 and, for the Microsoft Office component examples you could save hundreds with a pretty good Word and Excel alternative.

I picked this up as a freebie during a Kindle promotion vs. its normal Kindle price of $2.99 - at $2.99 this is a great bargain!
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I have been seeking out quality free software for years, and this book includes many old favorites of mine. That gives me the idea that other ones that Bob Rankin recommends in this book will be of similar quality and utility to the ones that I am already using every day. I'm looking forward to trying out some of the ones that are new to me.
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I've been reading Bob's daily e-mails for years. They are always interesting, and usually covering a subject I've been curious about.

Thank you for the free e-book Bob, and Happy Birthday!
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While most of the products here I already use and recommend, I'd update the list to include the the Open Office variation of Libre Office. I'd also include HTML Kit on the list of free HTML editors (personally I use Notepad++, Komodo, or NetBeans for my HTML editing, but I'm a geek). I'd still recommend this book to anyone just setting up their computer. The regular price excellent for the amount of savings the user gets by following the suggestions. I'd also sign up with the writers regular email list. As a computer professional I don't always agree with him on all points, but his advice is usually "spot on".
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Free Software has helped magnificently. This book has saved me hundreds of dollars by giving me plenty of free generic software. I only wish it would should the computer requirements in the book; my older version Windows did not accept some of the software.

The price is great. 3 dollars for saving you hundreds or even thousands? I'm in for it!
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A great source of free high quality software is in this book. I've been using several of these for several years and they are indeed as good as the commercial packages. Since I own some of the "comparison" packages, I was able to actually compare them side by side and the author knows what he is talking about. Very valuable. Get the book and save a lot of cash!
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Having been in desktop support since the DOS days (pre-Windows for you youngins) and a fan of Open Source operating systems and software, this is an excellent resource for those just getting their feet wet. As with all programs, RTFM - you seriously need to put some effort into learning how to use these tools. - g^2
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