FREE TECH SOFTWARE
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ADOBE READER X
Adobe Reader software is the global standard for electronic document sharing. It is the only PDF file viewer that can open and interact with all PDF documents. Use Adobe Reader to view, search, digitally sign, verify, print, and collaborate on Adobe PDF files.
AlternativeTo is a new approach to finding good software. Tell them what application you want to replace and they give you great alternatives, based on user recommendations.
CCleaner is the number-one tool for cleaning your Windows PC. It protects your privacy online and makes your computer faster and more secure. Easy to use and a small, fast download.
DARIK’S BOOT AND NUKE (“DBAN”)
Darik’s Boot and Nuke (“DBAN”) is a self-contained boot disk that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers to DOD standards. DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect, which makes it an appropriate utility for bulk or emergency data destruction. DBAN is great for computer recycling or preventing identity theft if you want to sell a computer. NOTE: DBAN will cause you to lose ALL data on your machine.
Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, your iPhone and iPad and even the Dropbox website! With the Dropbox app, you can take everything that matters to you on the go.
FOG is a free Linux-based open source computer imaging solution for Windows XP, Vista and 7 that ties together a few open-source tools with a php-based web interface.
Foxit Reader is a small, fast, and feature rich PDF viewer which allows you to open, view, and print any PDF file. Unlike other free PDF readers, Foxit Reader also includes easy to use collaboration features like the ability to add annotations to PDF, fill out PDF forms, and share information with social networks.
Freecode maintains the Web’s largest index of Linux, Unix and cross-platform software, and mobile applications. Thousands of applications, which are preferably released under an open source license, are meticulously cataloged in the Freecode database, and links to new applications are added daily. Each entry provides a description of the software, links to download it and to obtain more information, and a history of the project’s releases, so readers can keep up-to-date on the latest developments.
GOOGLE APPS FOR EDUCATION
Google Apps for Education is a broad IT solution that schools can use to bring communication and collaboration tools to the entire academic community for free. Google manages all the technology details, so you can focus your time, energy and budgets on teaching your kids.
groovyPost is a premier source for mobile devices, free software, tech news, tips, reviews and the best how to galleries on the internet.
HWMonitor is a hardware monitoring program that reads PC systems main health sensors : voltages, temperatures, fans speed. The program handles the most common sensor chips, like ITE® IT87 series, most Winbond® ICs, and others. In addition, it can read modern CPUs on-die core thermal sensors, as well has hard drives temperature via S.M.A.R.T, and video card GPU temperature.
Veyon is the official successor of iTALC. Thanks to the completely rewritten core and modular architecture it provides much better stability and performance. With Veyon you always have full control over your classroom. You can see all computer screens in an icon view and access individual computers with just one click. Taking screenshots of computers is an one-click operation as well. Draw attention to your lesson by locking all computers and blocking input devices with the help of just one button.
join.me allows you to share your screen with others or view someone else’s screen. Review documents and designs. Train staff. Demo products or just show off. join.me is a ridiculously simple screen sharing tool for meetings on the fly. Free for Windows, Mac and mobile – no registration.
K-12 Blueprint offers resources for education leaders involved in planning and implementing technology initiatives. Whether you are launching a one-to-one or BYO program, moving from print textbooks to digital content, revamping the curriculum to improve STEM learning, rethinking assessment, or embarking on (or continuing to support) any other ambitious technology-supported initiative, Intel’s Blueprint model can help.
Lifehacker.com offers DIY projects, new apps, and new devices, as well as tips, tricks, and downloads for getting things done.
MICROSOFT OFFICE TRAINING
Microsoft offers free training courses and tutorials, as well as training roadmaps that show which courses are available and offers information on the training.
Nmap is a great port scanner. The site also has the top 100 security tools when it comes to wireless, password crackers, vulnerability scanners, and exploitation tools. Nmap was named “Security Product of the Year” by Linux Journal, Info World, LinuxQuestions.Org, and Codetalker Digest. It was even featured in eight movies, including The Matrix Reloaded, Die Hard 4, and The Bourne Ultimatum.
PumpKIN is an open source, fully functional, free TFTP server and TFTP client, which implements TFTP. It also implements block size option, which allows transfer of files over 32MB, as well as transfer size and transfer timeout options.
PuTTY is a free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Windows and Unix platforms, along with an xtermterminal emulator.
REBOOT RESTORE RX
Reboot Restore Rx™ is a Freeware utility that makes it easy to maintain PC’s in small public access computing environments (classrooms, computer labs, kiosks, internet cafes, libraries, etc.). Every time you restart the PC’s – they will automatically reset to your desired baseline settings.
SeaTools is a comprehensive, easy-to-use diagnostic tool that helps you quickly determine the condition of the disk drive in your external hard drive, desktop or laptop computer. It includes several tests that will examine the physical media on your Seagate or Maxtor disk drive and any other non-Seagate disk drive.
SourceForge offers fast, secure and free downloads from the largest Open Source applications and software directory.
Spiceworks bundles network monitoring, helpdesk, UPS power management, PC inventory tools, an online community, and much more.
Sugar reinvents how computers can be used for education. Sugar promotes sharing, collaborative learning, and reflection. Through Sugar’s clarity of design, children and their teachers have the opportunity to use computation on their own terms; they are free to reshape, reinvent, and reapply both software and content into powerful learning activities. Sugar is a community project; it is based on GNU/Linux, a free and open-source operating system.
TestProject is a free end-to-end test automation platform for web, mobile, and API testing. The site has a rich set of features aimed to serve everyone from entry-level, non-technical users up to the most sophisticated developer. TestProject also has an educational blog with information on automation testing, software, and more
VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2.
Vistumbler is a version of Netstumbler that works on Vista/Win7. It is a wireless network scanner
WINDOWS 7 TRAINING
Find out how to get up and running with Windows 7, and browse the most-viewed trouble shooting articles.
WINDOWS LIVE MOVIE MAKER
Make your classroom lessons even more memorable with a movie. Windows Live Movie Maker is the fast, easy way to turn photos and video clips into great-looking movies and slide shows you can share in class or on the Web.
WINDOWS LIVE SKYDRIVE
Gain access to 25 gigabytes (GB) of free, online storage. Use it for a student or teacher workgroup to upload and share documents in one central place, rather than trying to track them in e-mails. Store your photos and files, and access them with a password.
WinSCP is an open source free SFTP client, SCP client, FTPS client, and FTP client for Windows. Its main function is file transfer between a local and a remote computer. Beyond this, WinSCP offers scripting and basic file manager functionality.
Wireshark is the world’s foremost network protocol analyzer. It lets you capture and interactively browse the traffic running on a computer network. It is the de facto (and often de jure) standard across many industries and educational institutions. Wireshark development thrives thanks to the contributions of networking experts across the globe. It is the continuation of a project that started in 1998.