Category Archives: Free Services
Google and Intuit give you a free website for a year!
Google and Intuit announced that they are offering free website domain and hosting for one year to small businesses. Yep, totally free. You can set yours up here. The website will come up specific for your state, with facts about how to set up a website and why it’s a good idea. The offer is good throughout the United States. You get to pick your domain name (it’s not a subdomain of google, or anything like that, for those of you that remember the days of geocity websites) and set it up using Intuit templates. Per their website, your website includes:
Build a Windows 8 App using free tools provided by Microsoft
Microsoft appears to be taking a different route than Apple when it comes to creating and selling apps. When Apple’s app store first opened, I (and probably you) spent hours going through apps, looking at the free ones, the ones that were replacements for websites/tools I already used, games for myself, apps to occupy my daughter…. well, just about everything. And while, at first, it seemed like most of these apps were made by big companies, I slowly discovered there were a lot of independent publishers out there. You probably know a few – the friend of a friend who made an app, naively hoping to strike it rich. For me, it was my cousin Andy, who released a few apps under Smooth Landon, while other creations of his were rejected. My personal favorite was probably a bobble-head Obama, which Apple rejected for being a negative caricature of a politician, or some other ridiculous crap. But I digress…. while Apple’s apps reach millions of users, the Metro / Modern UI apps for Windows 8 will hit a much, much larger audience. And Microsoft wants to teach you how to build a Windows 8 app – for free.
Yes, free. Microsoft has released everything you need to make your own Metro / Modern UI style app for Windows 8. All of the tools, and even the developer’s license, are available for free. Keep reading to find out how and where to get them.
I’ve been going about this all wrong, evidently. For months I’ve been looking for a free utility to easily create Ringtones for my iPhone 3G (no, I didn’t rush out and buy the upgrade to 3GS) out of MP3′s I already have. On several occasions I’ve found some decent guides and a lot of free software, but that was exactly the problem: I needed a lot of free software to do what I wanted to do. As far as I’ve been able to locate, no single utility exists that you can download, install and use to create Ringtones for iPhone all within a single package. Without an unacceptable level of complexity, it just wasn’t going to happen.
That’s unfortunate, but hardly a deal breaker thanks to a free service called Myxer. It’s stupidly simple: Browse your nerdy ass over to the Myxer website and find the cute little box (snipped above so you know what to look for) that asks-no, demands-that you upload your very favorite non-DRM’d MP3. If you’re a self respecting nerd of any repute, all your MP3′s are DRM-free, but I digress. Moving on, upload your file (the speed will depend on your internet connection, obviously. I have a stupidly fast connection so for me it’s seconds) and wait while the site processes it for a few seconds.