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300,000 Free Lectures From The World's Top Universities

As any regular reader of these pages will know, I'm a loyal Windows user.  I'm not particularly keen on Apple's products, because I just don't really get on with them.  I prefer Android to iPhone, and I don't really like Mac OSX.

I'm no fan of iTunes, either.  But I do have to admit that one particular feature of Apple's online media store is absolutely wonderful, and well worth exploring.

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Study The Origin Of Words With This Etymology Dictionary

Have you had a glass of punch recently?  Have you ever wondered why it's called punch?

It actually comes from a Hindi word meaning "five", because the original recipe for punch comprised 5 ingredients.  The Punjab area of India actually has the same derivation, as it was once the place where 5 rivers met.

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This Global WiFi Hotspot Database Has 100 Million Entries

You're out and about.  You have a smartphone or an iPad with you, and you want to use the internet.  Cellular reception is slow, patchy and unreliable, so you really need to track down the nearest wifi hotspot as soon as possible.

The solution is a handy web site called http://www.wefi.com/maps

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Create Your Own Animated Cartoon, Just By Typing

Go Animate (www.goanimate.com) is a web site where you can create your own short animated films.  Or, to be more accurate, where you can create new dialogue for the read-made films that are already on the site.  Still, it's a fun way to spend a rainy afternoon, and an interesting educational tool for children who like to see their writing brought immediately to life.

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Make Acrobat Reader Open Where You Left Off

Adobe Reader.  Or, as it used to be called, Acrobat Reader.  It is, as the name suggests, a program for allowing you to read things.  PDF files, of course.  And since e-readers such as the Kindle arrived, we've all started to read more and more books and manuals online, or on screen, rather than on paper.  It's quicker, cheaper, and kinder to treedom.

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Need A Simple Cloud-Hosted Database App? This One's Free

So you've got a few hundred CDs, or a few thousand books, or a collection of something else.  And you feel that it's about time you catalogued everything into a database.  But you don't have a database app on your PC.  And even if you did, it would only be accessible to you, and you'd quite like it to be hosted online so that family and friends could log in and search the information.

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The Perfect Way To Save Web Pages For Reading Later

How often do you find yourself researching a particular topic on the internet, and having trouble keeping track of all the useful documents you encounter?  Sure, you can add each interesting URL to your browser's bookmarks or favourites section, but it then becomes difficult to manage.  And your saved items are only accessible from one machine.  Another option, which I have to admit to being guilty of on more than one occasion, is to just hit the "Print" button whenever you come across useful information, and then spend ages sifting through half a tree of stuff.

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Free PowerPoint Add-On Creates Superb Timeline Charts

If you use PowerPoint, then Office Timeline is a free add-in that may interest you.  It's designed to help you create project timelines.  Just enter details of each stage of the project (start date, description, etc), and the program instantly creates a timeline slide within your current presentation.  There's lots of templates and designs to choose from, in addition to the one shown below.

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TotalMounter - a Free Virtual CD/DVD Burner That's Easy to Use

TotalMounter from KernSafe is a CD/DVD drive emulator. This means it creates a virtual CD/DVD drive on your computer. This virtual drive can be used to read, and burn virtual discs(image files). So it behaves exactly as if you were using a real disc drive to read, and burn a CD/DVD, except of course it runs much faster.

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Folder Axe Splits A Folder-Full Of Files Into Smaller Chunks

It's not uncommon for some folders on your PC to grow to an uncontrollable size.  For example, if you have a directory/folder in which you keep your favourite songs or photos, it won't be long before there's hundreds or thousands of files in there.  Which can make backups tricky, and also causes problems if you want to copy everything to a relatively low-capacity device such as a USB stick or a CD-R disc.

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