Free Valentine's Day Ecards LaunchedWritten by Shridhar Baldota
LavaCards.com - India's No.1 online electronic greeting cards service provider has recently launched Free Valentien's Ecards for occasion of ValentIne's Day to be celebrated on 14th of February, 2005.
The true meaning of freewareWritten by Daniel Robson
The vast majority of us will have, at some point, had freeware games or applications installed on our systems. If you’ve played an online Java or Flash based game, you’ve used freeware. In a very real way Internet itself is freeware, a massive collections of scripts, information, tools and resources that are, for most part, totally free. But what is it that motivates so many people to put so much work into a project, and then release it totally free of charge? There are a few misconceptions about freeware that I would like to clear up.
1.) “Freeware programs are loaded with spy ware and Trojan horses” – not true. While it is true that some programs contain these types of malicious software, they are a vanishingly small percentage of whole. The type of people who release programs like this are identical to spam mailers – criminal and beneath contempt. If you are worried about this then I suggest you only download software from large, well known freeware sites. These almost always check to ensure their programs are free of any malicious code.
2.) “Freeware only works for X amount of days, or is crippled in some way”. Again, not true. Programs that work in this way are classified as Shareware, and are designed so that if you like programs function you can pay author for a full version. Freeware is never crippled in any way, and comes with no charge whatsoever – although donations are always appreciated!
3.) “The only reason this is freeware is because no-one in their right mind would pay money for it”. This, unfortunately, is often a valid point. There are some truly abysmal programs out there. And even if program is a good, helpful little tool, it doesn’t mean you would be prepared to spend £10 on it in a shop. However there are some absolute gems out there, like 7-zip for example. All I can say is, again, look for big directories where submissions are ranked. Look especially for sites where users can leave their own feedback on a product, for example www.gamehippo.com is a superb site for freeware games.