Below are tools and products I use regularly and recommend if you’re looking for:
Troubleshooting and diagnostic tools:
- Ookla’s Speed Test: a defacto standard for quite some time
- Sourceforge has their own speed test
- Malwarebytes Anti-malware Tool
- AVG – Antivirus
- WhoIs: Who owns a domain, also good for trying to locate if a specific domain is available.
- LibreOffice: This is now the first on my list for Office substitutes.
- OpenOffice: Full featured office productivity suite
- Google’s Office Competitor: G Suite
- I use FoxIt Phantom. It’s much cheaper than Acrobat Pro, and I like the way things are laid out better.
Adobe Alternatives: it’s hard to beat the Creative Suite’s domination of the creative world, but here are a few tools to provide some of that functionality with the monstrous price tag.
- Here’s a low cost option Adobe option: CS 2. No longer supported, but available for download at no cost. Use at your own risk, of course.
- Gimp: Open Source equivalent of Photoshop, image editing power.
- Scribus: Desktop Publishing
Here are some key general open source/freeware products I recommend.
- Firefox: Browser extraordinaire!
- Ubuntu: the most user friendly (in my opinion) of the Linux distributions.
Want to rip DVDs to your PC?
- Handbrake, this is the best tool I’ve found for this.
Google’s URL Shortner:
- Need a more manageable url size for sharing? Google’s got you covered.