Miscellaneous Links : useful or fun web sites you might not have discovered yet:

Last updated: 07/01/15

List is in somewhat alphabetical order.

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ < Audacity, free, open source audio recording software. This is also used with the popular USB MP3 Record Turntable.

http://www.audiograbber.org/ < Freeware CD ripper with many features. See note below about possible error message.*

http://www.audible.com < Audiobooks to buy, discounted for paid members ($14.99/month).

http://www.avs4you.com < Free trial* + paid license: Organized collection of utilities for ALL SORTS of multimedia processing.
* Note: Paying for AVS4YOU products will remove the annoying image and audio watermarks. I have found the products to be well worth purchasing the $59 unlimited access license. It says this offer (discounted from $199) ends 'this month', but I think that changes every month as I bought my $59 license over a year ago. Please note, the one-time unlimited license covers ALL their products AND updates for them.

http://www.baen.com/library/ < Free text ebooks, also some to buy.

http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html < Freeware - Belarc “Advisor” shows much useful info about your PC and software

http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/guide/ < World of Warcraft (MMORPG) – A game. Email the webmaster if possibly interested in playing. World of Warcraft – Play for free.

http://calibre-ebook.com/ Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. It can be run on Linux, OS X, Windows 32 or 64bit , or from portable (USB drive). Visit the web site for more information about its many features and capabilities. While it does not actually run on Android, there is an app “Calibre Companion” which can allow you to access your Calibre library on your PC wirelessly from your Android devices.

http://coolreader.org/e-index.htm – Cool Reader is a free ebook reader available for many devices. I prefer it over Kindle simply because I like the “aged-paper” background it has. I use Calibre to convert my Kindle books to AZW3 or EPUB that Cool reader can handle.

http://www.digicamsoft.com/softnamexif.html < Utility to rename photos with date/time stamp based on EXIF information in photo.

http://www.dvd-cloner.com/ < DVD copy program that CAN copy protected DVD's. Please use responsibly.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_e-book_formats < Just what it says. A comparison of ebook formats. This link may be useful to people interested in ebooks or using Kindle or Microsoft reader software linked elsewhere on this page.

http://www.gocomics.com/ < Want to cancel your newspaper, but still want to see your comics? This page lets you set up your favorite comic strips. This site is featured on http://www.igoogle.com

http://www.gutenberg.org < Over 33,000 free ebooks.

http://www.id3renamer.com < So you've ripped your MP3 files, but they aren't tagged right? Fix the MP3 tags with this.

http://www.imgburn.com/ < CD/DVD create, copy, burn utility with many functions. Will NOT copy protected DVD's.

http://en.softonic.com/author/amazon < Free Kindle software for PC and other devices for reading Kindle ebooks. For more, visit http://www.amazon.com/ and click on the link to its Kindle Store from the list of departments.

https://www.libreoffice.org/ < Libre Office – a completely FREE suite of office applications. These can also be used to open, edit, and save Microsoft Office Suite documents.

http://www.microsoft.com/READER/ < This older Microsoft Reader for Lit and PDF files is obsolete now. There is a newer Reader app you can find in the Microsoft App Store included in Windows 10 to open PDF, XPS, and TIFF files. For a more versatile readers, see either Calibre or Cool Reader described earlier on this page. (updated 12/7/2015)

http://www.mobipocket.com/en/downloadsoft/productdetailsreader.asp < Free Mobipocket Reader for Desktop software to read ebooks.

http://colly.dyndns.org/mouse < How to modify a mouse to be able to add big buttons (adaptive technology). Please see the readme file first.

http://picasa.google.com/ < The Picasa web site for working with photos and videos. Also for picture sharing.

http://www.readerware.com/index.php < Readerware can catalog your books, videos, CD's.

http://www.real.com/ < Real Player's web site. Use for playing, downloading audio, video files.

http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html < Freeware - The official Spybot Search & Destroy, but has other useful things, too.

http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/personal/ < Freeware - PSI = Personal Software Inspector – checks everything for updates.

http://www.softpedia.com < This site is used by many other products to host downloads and does the downloads well.

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Audio/Audio-Editors-Recorders/Mp3-File-Merger.shtml < Google for “mp3 music merger” to get this link. Useful for merging ripped MP3 files together. Example: Audiobook rips to 99 files per CD? Merge into one MP3 file for each CD.

http://www.supersummary.com/ebook-download-guide/ < A Comprehensive Guide to Downloading Free eBooks and Related Resources.

http://www.videolan.org < VLC media player -VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.

This list was last updated on 6/17/2017 at 9:10 AM

*Audiograbber : If you get the error message “Memory already initialized” after the first track gets ripped and as the second track is about to begin getting ripped, abort the ripping and go to the “Settings” tab and at the bottom left of that window, UN-check the box labeled “Rip as much as possible to RAM”. Users of Windows 7 Ultimate have reported getting that error when the box was checked. I got it while using Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit with 8gb of ram, but un-checking the box cleared up the problem.

Links to notes about Home Networking and WiFi:
http://cugr.apcug.org/misc/Home Network Simplified.html (PDF)
http://cugr.apcug.org/misc/Home WiFi Presentation notes.html (PDF)
(Some users may prefer to use the PDF link to download the document and may find that format more readable than the HTML copy.)


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