Information Wants to Be Free

Written by Mike Banks Valentine

Fromrepparttar Web2001 Internet and Mobile conference and exposition atrepparttar 113287 Moscone convention center in San Francisco August 4-8, comes an interesting set of keynote speakers offered to attendees. Rather than major computer or software company CEO's, we have commentators on our culture speaking to a conference full of web developers and corporate strategists charged with developing web initiatives.

One very important speaker was Dr. Lawrence Lessig, Stanford Law professor, speaking onrepparttar 113288 threat represented by corporate interests torepparttar 113289 creativity ofrepparttar 113290 web. A creativity being regularly squashed and supressed by legal wrangling and debate.

I attended Dr. Lessig's talk given to web developers at Web2001 9-7-01 and expected a lively debate when I visited his discussion forum atrepparttar 113291 Harvard Law web site. To visit and see posts over a year old is disappointing and worries me. I purchased his book, "Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace" at repparttar 113292 show and highly recommend it to all small business webmasters.

Dr. Lessig strongly advocates that creativity not be stifled by intellectual property owners asserting control over software and coding of web pages. This basically represents a viewpoint (and only in my own humble opinion, not Dr. Lessig's) in support of Open Source computing and freely available content forrepparttar 113293 web with appropriate copyright protections extending only a short time to allowrepparttar 113294 compensation ofrepparttar 113295 creator.

As a list owner that distributes content freely to web publishers and a columnist that publishes in multiple small business forums and portals aroundrepparttar 113296 web, I am disturbed byrepparttar 113297 control being sought by information "owners" over content.

My list at distributes articles written by small business owners to publishers of small business ezines and web sites acrossrepparttar 113298 web. We have over 700 members, some representing very large distribution ezines and high-traffic web sites with potential exposure approaching 5 million readers.

How To Mine Gold From FREE Stuff!

Written by Mike Jones

This article will show you: 1. How to avoid wasting your time with FREE stuff! 2. How to identify real bargains! 3. Some top FREE programs and services

Entering "Free Stuff" in Alta Vista will yield a colossal 521,442 results. Over half a million web pages! Here are some guidelines to siftrepparttar wheat fromrepparttar 113286 chaff.

1) Beware of programs written by amateurs and enthusiasts unless you particularly enjoy experimenting with your computer. If you are running a business you probably don't haverepparttar 113287 time. Any program with very basic readme files or little or no support files I avoid likerepparttar 113288 plague. Experience has taught me they waste time trying to work out how to use them, they jam uprepparttar 113289 registry files onrepparttar 113290 computer and don't uninstall properly if at all. This kind of FREE stuff can turn your computer into a mess, degrading repparttar 113291 performance of other programs. If you do want to try them out, keep a separate partition on your hard disk dedicated for that purpose.

2) Don't get side tracked with shareware. If you are prepared to pay for programs, fine, look at shareware. After a brief trial period you will often be expected to pay for repparttar 113292 full version. Personally, I don't spend time on these unless I am looking for something specific, orrepparttar 113293 shareware program is particularly good.

3) Subscribe to one or two good lists to keep you informed of FREE stuff. I get these delivered to my mailbox every week, spend about two minutes looking throughrepparttar 113294 headings and if something really catches my eye, I investigate using repparttar 113295 criteria above. A good one is:

How to identify REAL bargains? Ifrepparttar 113296 program comes from a professional, well established company you are on to a winner. A 30 second look at their web site will tell you what kind of outfit it is. If a generous help file is supplied or if regular updates are published, you knowrepparttar 113297 program is here to stay and it is worth investing time and energy in learning it. An example is Pegasus Mail, mentioned inrepparttar 113298 top FREE programs below. I was tempted to buy Eudora Pro. I had usedrepparttar 113299 free Lite version and really liked it. Fortunately, just before I parted withrepparttar 113300 cash, I discovered Pegasus. This program does everything Eudora Pro would do for me and it is FREE. An unbelievable bargain. It is now my default mail handler.

Take a look through this list of top FREE programs and services. There is gold here:

EMAIL HANDLER Pegasus Mail is an excellent email program. Multiple signature files, multiple filters, various identities for multiple email accounts, spell check, it is all here in one easy to use program.

EMAIL MERGE WorldMerge sends personalized messages to mailing lists. A brief advertisement is included atrepparttar 113301 foot ofrepparttar 113302 message when usingrepparttar 113303 FREE version. Unless that is a major problem for you, this program is an absolute bargain!

TRAFFIC ANALYSIS A very comprehensive report is emailed to you every day giving a complete breakdown ofrepparttar 113304 visitors to your web site, their movements throughrepparttar 113305 site and where they are coming from. This information is essential for a successful marketing campaign.

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