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My Free 350-page HTML/CSS/PHP/MySQL Book. Get It While You Can.

As you may know, I recently wrote a 350-page book, all about how to create web sites from scratch with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP and MySQL.  I've been giving it away for free at for the past year or so, where you can either browse it online or download a PDF file.  So far, around 58,000 people have grabbed the PDF.  If you're one of them, thank you!

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A Quick Way To Install Dozens Of Free Apps

If you're setting up a new PC, or you simply feel like a major download-fest, then could save you a lot of time.  The home page contains a list of around 80 of the best-known free applications for Windows, including web browsers, messaging apps like Skype, media players like Spotify and Songbird, image viewers, security tools, and more.  Just tick the boxes for as many apps as you want, then download the custom installer that will be prepared for you.

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A Backup Program That's Free, Simple and Reliable.

I've never been a fan of traditional backup software.  It tends to store the backup in a proprietary format, which makes recovery difficult if things go wrong.  Plus, most backup software is designed to help you back up your entire machine.  I don't want to do that.  I simply want to back up my important data folders (some of which, I should point out, contain copies of the installation CDs for my important apps).

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Free Brain-Training Game Claims To Improve Your Memory

I'm quite a fan of those brain-training games that you often see advertised in magazines and on the TV.  If you are too, here's one for your PC which is free to download and use.  It's called N-Back, and you can get it from  It runs on all recent versions of Windows, and the download is 10 MB.

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Plan Your Room, Garden, Office or Exhibition Layout Online For Free.

Software to help you plan room layouts is often huge and unwieldy, because of all the libraries of graphics that it needs to maintain.  So it's great to find a web site that lets you do it all online.  Exhibit Core ( is free for basic use, and allows you to plan your home, garden, office, room, or any other layout just by dragging, dropping and rotating.  You can then export your finished design to a PDF file.

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The Ultimate Scientific Calculator. From Microsoft. And It's Free.

Microsoft used to sell a program called Mathematics, which was aimed at students.  It was a very capable product, able to solve equations, draw graphs, do calculus, and much more.  Ideal for anyone involved with mathematics, science, engineering, physics, and so on.

So why do I say "used to sell"?  Have they stopped producing it?  No.  They've merely stopped selling it, and are now giving it away!  There's even a brand new version, 4,0, which was launched only last week.

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Re-Program Your Windows Keyboard Keys With This Simple Utility

The ability to re-program one or more keys has been built into Windows since version 2000.  However, not many people use it because it involves editing the registry, and that can be dangerous at the best of times.

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Now available to all: 9 Great Freeware Programs that should be on Every PC

Update: This article was updated on January 5 to include a direct download link for non-Facebook users. In the original article it was stated that the download link for non-Facebook users would not be available until the following week. This was changed as our non-Facebook users felt they were being discriminated against. This was certainly not my intention and I apologize to those who felt this way.  - Gizmo 

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Gizmo's Freeware 2010 Product of the Year

Here at Gizmo's Freeware we have been selecting an annual freeware product of the year for the last six years. Normally we make the selection ourselves but this year we asked our readers to nominate their choice for the best freeware product of 2010. 

The voting results are in; we have a winner.

Best Freeware Product of 2010

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