Software, Tools, Apps, Programming, Tech Support

Free Office Tools and Other Software

– All tools are ‘Online’ unless otherwise noted.
“Freemium” indicates something with basic service for free and premium feature upgrades for pay.

iPads & Mobile Devices

10 Excellent iPad Apps to Annotate, Highlight, and Add Comments to PDFs
These are particularly apps which you can use to annotate, highlight, add notes, record, and comment on the content of your PDFs. (Jan. 2014)
11 Tips to Keep iOS 7 From Destroying Your Battery Life
Tips from Gizmodo about cutting down unneeded services to extend battery life. (Sept. 2013)
Beginners Guide: How to set up and get started with your new iPad
We’ll walk you through all of it and get you up and enjoying your new iPad in no time! (Dec. 2016)
Best Android Apps 2017
The open source nature of Google’s OS means there are plenty of fantastic apps for Android to be found. And most of the good stuff on Android is free, thanks to the work of developers who do it for love alone. (TechRadar, April 2017)
Best Free iPhone Apps 2017
The following list showcases our pick of the 80 best free iPhone apps, and includes iPhone applications for social networking, travel, news, photography, productivity and more. (TechRadar, April 2017)
Cell Phone Users – In Case of Emergency
Exlains how to set up an “ICE” contact on your cellphone and why that’s a good idea.
The Complete Guide to iOS 7 – iPad Edition
You don’t necessarily need to know what each and every setting does in your iPad, but this course will teach you…. We have created tutorial videos for each default app the iPad comes with from the factory and the entire settings app. (Udemy, Sept. 2013)
Edgadget: Mobile
Articles and reviews about mobile devices and apps.
MakeUseOf: Android
MakeUseOf: iOS
Articles about hardware, software, and apps pertaining to Android and iOS (iPad, iPod, iPhone) devices.


Free Software
    • 6 Linux Music Players To Replace SongbirdAlternate choices for a music player/manager since Songbird will no longer be supporting Linux. (spring 2010)
    • Free Software DirectoryWe catalog useful free software that runs under free operating systems — particularly the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants.
    • Linux App FinderGuide to Linux programs by category; also lists popular Windows and Mac programs and suggests Linux alternatives.
    • The Linux Alternative ProjectSuggests Linux equivalents for familiar Windows programs.
    • ShutterAn excellent screenshot program for Linux.
6 Handy Sites To Learn New Ubuntu Tweaks & Tricks
If you’re looking to expand your Ubuntu knowledge, have a burning question about some missing feature or are a newcomer to the world of Linux then these 5 sites are a great source of information.
Getting Started with Linux: Pick the Right Linux Flavor for You
If you’re new to the Linux world, here are the distributions we recommend trying out.
Lifehacker: Linux
Reviews and articles specifically for Linux users from popular tech site ‘Lifehacker’.
The Linux Documentation Project
LDP is a loosely knit team of volunteers who provide documentation for many aspects of Linux. There are several forms of documentation: Guides, HOWTOs, man pages, and FAQs.
The Linux Journal
Magazine devoted to the many variants of Linux and their uses.
News, tutorials, downloads, and forums all about Linux.
MakeUseOf: Linux
et the most out of earth’s best open-source operating system. We’ll highlight the best Linux distros, software and games, and share tips useful for anyone switching from Windows or OS X.
Ubuntu Manual
A comprehensive beginners guide for the Ubuntu operating system. … The manual will help you become familiar with everyday tasks such as surfing the web, listening to music and scanning documents. With an emphasis on easy to follow instructions, it is suitable for all levels of experience.
Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference
Free version of a short reference book about this popular version of Linux.
Ultimate Linux Newbie Guide
This guide can help both beginners and seasoned computer users alike learn all the important parts of choosing, using and installing Linux…


Apple – Mac Support
Official website and tech support site for Macintosh operating systems and devices.
15 System Preferences a New Mac User Should Adjust
15 More System Preferences Items A New Mac User Should Know About
Pair of articles discussing some of the hidden and useful items in Mac computers which can help the computer run more efficiently and more in tune with the user’s preferences. (MakeUseOf, August 2010)
Alltop: Mac
Roundup of top headlines and stories relating to Apple and Mac products.
CNET Downloads: Mac
Reviews and downloads of software for the Mac.
ComputerHope: Apple Questions and Answers
Links to help for Mac problems, both in the OS itself and in Mac software.
How To Enable the Firewall In Mac OS X Snow Leopard
Even though, in the twenty years I’ve been a Mac user, I have never experienced any known security issues, I will at least use the Firewall application installed by default in Mac OS X. It’s easy to set up, but there are a few considerations you should know about if you have not yet activated the firewall on your Mac. (April 2011)
Repair manuals and fix-it guides for Apple products. Includes discussion forum.
The Incredible Free Manual For Every Mac User
This slick, sixty-odd paged monster is based on Snow Leopard – the latest release of the Mac OS X operating system – and tells you everything you need to know about Mac. (.pdf format)
Lifehacker: Mac
Reviews and articles specifically for Mac users from popular tech site ‘Lifehacker’.
Low End Mac
The mission of Low End Macis helping users get the most value from their Macs and Mac clones.
Mac for Beginners
Guides, tutorials, and videos showing how to use a Mac, including how to find and set preferences, find and use applications, and other useful topics.
MAC Fix-It
Troubleshooting solutions for the Macintosh. Via CNet.
The MacStack is a list of free and open source applications for the Mac OS X platform…. These free software programs not only hold their own against commercial competitors, but often outdo them.
Mac World
Large site with news, weblogs, tech support, product guides, Mac OS X Hints, and more.
MakeUseOf – Mac OS
Don’t miss our regular Mac OS X coverage for software reviews, how-tos and guides for keeping your Mac running smoothly. Apple may control which hardware and software ships with Macs, but there are a huge range of third party tools and customisation options to explore.
Microsoft Office for Mac
Microsoft version of their popular office suite, for the Mac computer.
Open Source Mac
Free and open-source software is good for you and good for the world. This is the best Mac software that we know of.
Word processor and project management tool created specifically for writers of long texts such as novels and research papers…. [which] makes all the tools you have scattered around your desk available in one application.
TUAW: The Unofficial Apple Weblog
Tons of material on everything Apple and Mac. List of Macintosh Software
Useful list and links to major software applications for the Mac.

PDF Tools

PDF Converters

PDF Creators

note: Libre Office can export docs to .pdf

PDF Readers, Form Fillers


You will find tutorials and lessons on most languages you want to learn how to program with here. We have Visual Basic, VB.NET, Java, J2EE, C, C++, C#, ASP, ASP.NET, Perl, JavaScript, Web Services, and XML tutorials. Most of the tutorials are either beginner or intermediate level but we have included a few advanced tutorials as well.
Alice is a teaching tool designed as a revolutionary approach to teaching and learning introductory programming concepts…. an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web.
Code Academy
Free online step-by-step tutorials.
Code Combat
CodeCombat is a coding game that uses real typed code and personalized learning to teach computer science… The introductory game is free.
Code Monster
Code Monster is a gentle and fun introduction to programming concepts. … Projects start with simple boxes and colors, rapidly progressing into exciting experiments with simple animation and fractals. Important programming concepts like variables, loops, conditionals, expressions, and functions are introduced by example.
Computer Science Unplugged
YouTube: Computer Science Unplugged (videos)
CS Unplugged is a project that provides free games and activities to communicate Computer Science concepts to students of all ages.
Free Programming Ebooks
From O’Reilly publishers.
Hour of Code
The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 45 languages for all ages.
How Stuff Works: Computer Programmming
From the popular How Stuff Works site of easy-to-follow explanations.
The Java Tutorials
Sun’s official website for the Java SE Tutorials.
Khan Academy – Computer Programming
Learn the fundamentals of programming on the Khan Academy Computer Science platform. Explore programs made by others. Write your own programs and share them!
Learn to Code: The Full Beginner’s Guide
If you’ve been looking to learn how to code, we can help you get started. Here are 4.5 lessons on the basics and extra resources to keep you going.
Microsoft Small Basic
A project that is aimed at making computer programming accessible to beginners. The project comprises a simple programming language that gathers inspiration from the original BASIC programming language; a modern and attractive programming environment; and rich, extensible libraries.
MIT OpenCourseWare: Introductory Programming Courses
Excellent introductory courses for beginners. Classes includes video lectures, handouts, homework problems, and self-assessment quizzes.
Programming Basics
Programming tutorial starting from the most basic concepts.
Regular Expressions
A regular expression (regex or regexp for short) is a special text string for describing a search pattern. You can think of regular expressions as wildcards on steroids. Describes how regular expressions work and offers a tutorial for learning the basics of how to use them.
Scratch is a new programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art — and share your creations on the web.
Try Ruby
Short interactive introduction to the Ruby programming language.
Free tutorials for graphics programs, web design, programming, and other related topics.
Tutorialspoint: Computer Programming Tutorial
This tutorial has been prepared for the beginners who are willing to learn computer programming but they are unable to learn it due to lack of proper guidance. We are confident that after completing this tutorial, you will be at a level where you can code in C Programming language and will have a basic understanding of Java and Python programming languages as well…

Tutorials & Guides

BBC WebWise
This is a good place to learn about email, searching, e-business, security, basics of web design, and more.
Learn to code, interactively, for free.
Computer Science 50
Introductory level course online from Harvard University.
Provides quality, innovative online learning opportunities to anyone who wants to improve the technology, literacy and math skills needed to be successful in both work and life.
In Pictures
In Pictures online tutorials are based on pictures, not words. They’re the easiest way to learn computer subjects. There’s no complicated multimedia, just pictures that show exactly what to do. Free!
Lifehacker: Cheat Sheets
Tips and ‘cheat sheets’ on a variety of topics including both computer and non-computer skills.
PC World: How-To
Articles and information from PC World magazine.
Tech Support
Ask Dave Taylor
CNet forums
Computer Hope
Web Design
HTML Code Tutorial
The Webby Awards
Sites chosen by web experts as some of the best online sites. Arranged by category.
Wired How-To
A collaborative site filled with all kinds of projects, hacks, tricks and tips you can edit. Mostly but not entireley tech-related.
Wired – Reviews
Wired Magazine tests and rates hundred of products in the fields of technology, home appliances, automotive, cameras, and more.

Windows & MS Office

 Microsoft Office 

Bernie Poole’s Microsoft Office Tutorials
Tutorials for older versions of Office, from 2003 to 2013.
GCF Learn Free: Microsoft Office
Our lessons offer a mix of text, video, interactives, and challenges to practice what you’ve learned, so you can learn the basics and more… Includes tutorials for multiple versions of Office.
Microsoft Office Training Center
The official training site from Microsoft.
Microsoft Full Length Video Tutorials by Sali Kaceli videos
A listing of easy-to-follow full video tutorials…. Everything you need to know for your job in the corporate environment or classroom or personal career.
Microsoft Office Tutorials videos
Watch complete Microsoft office tutorials including Microsoft Access 2016, Excel 2016, Project 2016, PowerPoint 2016 and Word 2016.


MakeUseOf: Windows Software
Get to know your Windows operating system inside out! Pick up tips & tricks, and discover the best Windows software & modern apps out there
MakeUseOf: How You Can Get Help in Windows 10
With these tips, you can be sure that you’re never too far away from the guidance and information that you need.
Microsoft: Windows 10 Features
Guide to the latest Windows features, from Microsoft.
PC World: The 10 best hidden features of Windows 10
Windows 10 isn’t all Cortana and the Start menu, you know. Follow the ninjacat to find the best stuff under the hood. (July 2015)
PC World: How to cure Windows 10’s worst headaches
These tips and tricks can help you overcome Windows 10’s niggling hassles. (August 2015)
PC World: Windows 10: The best tricks, tips, and tweaks
Windows 10 is chock-full of handy, hidden new features worth exploring. Check out the best tips and tricks here. (May 2017)

 Older Versions of Windows 

Bob Cerelli’s Windows Page
The main goal of this site is to provide clear, accurate and easy to understand information regarding Windows8 / Windows7 / Visa / XP / ME / Win98 and Win95
Lifehacker’s Complete Guide to Windows 7
A guide posted on the day when Windows 7 was officially released.
PC World Ultimate Windows 8 Starter Guide
A guide from when Windows 8 was new.

 Window Tech Support 

CNet forums
CNET tech support forums feature a wide range of topics, including phones, laptops, smart homes, wearable technology, TVs and cars, where you can have conversations and get advice from a community of experts.
List of Blue Screen Error Codes
Check here when you need to figure out what that cryptic string of numbers and letters is really saying.
Microsoft Support
This is Microsoft’s official support site.
Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite
Tech Support for everything Microsoft, from Windows to Windows phones to XBox and Zune.
PC World How-To
How to use, buy and get the most out of the PC hardware and software you use to get work done.
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