Free Stuff

October 2010, Number 116

Yes, indeed, most of us continue to feel the effects of the current economic slowdown. Not to worry. Necessity becomes the mother of invention, so this issue of Information Update points you toward some very cool, very useful free stuff. – It’s pretty much just what it says. Sign up for a free account, and you will receive a dedicated phone number, an access code, a subscriber PIN, and instructions on how to use the service.

Free Anti-spyware – I’ve been using SpyBot Search and Destroy for a number of years. Sometimes it’s shocking to see how much spyware accumulates, but it’s very satisfying to find and destroy!

Free Music – With Pandora you can set up an account and create “stations” streaming the kind of music you like. I’m listening to the Delta Blues as I write.

Free Audio Books – AudioBooksForFree includes hundreds of titles. While this will not be your go-to place for the latest best seller, it’s worth a look.

Free eBooks – Project Gutenberg offers over 33,000 free ebooks for PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android and more.

Free Articles – is a directory containing articles in five languages. Authors can submit articles to Articlebase so you will find things here not published
elsewhere. Sponsored by CBS Interactive Business Network, focuses on business related topics. Google Scholar searches broadly across the scholarly literature. The results will not always lead to full text, but don’t let that keep you from trying this useful resource.


Tip of the hat to Sarah Houghton-Jan for reminding me of some of this cool free stuff.

Notes, News, and Announcements

You too can be on the lookout for cool new tools. Try following eHub or Lifehacker Warning, warning. Both of these sites can become a major time sink!