Free, free, free

Best Buy carries lots of software, but wouldn’t you like to get it for free? You can if you know where to look. Here are just a few of the fun freebies you can find on the Internet.

NEMT IT Magician Andrew Clarke

File sharing

You can store and share files using Google Docs (google.com/docs). Google Docs allows you to upload your own files so that you can access them from anywhere, create documents using templates available from Google, and share selected files with friends, family and coworkers. All you need is a free Google account.

Another option for file sharing is Dropbox (dropbox.com). With dropbox, your files are automatically available on all your computers and devices when you store them in a specified folder on your computer. It does require you to download software, but the benefit is that you don’t have to think about uploading documents. It just happens automatically.

 

Voice mail

The first option will be no surprise: Google Voice (google.com/voice). Once again, all you need is a free Google account. Google will allow you to select a local phone number. It will even try to arrange for something fun like 555-CASH! With Google Voice, people can leave voicemail that you can listen to over your computer or phone. You can also set up Google voice to follow you, so people only have to remember one phone number. While you’re at home, you can have Google Voice ring your home phone. When you leave, you can easily have it ring your cell phone. You can also have it ring both phones (and more) simultaneously so you never miss an important phone call.

Another free service is K7.Net (K7.net). While not as flexible as Google Voice, you also have the option of receiving faxes to your computer. The only catch is that you must not go 30 days without receiving either a voice mail or fax, or your number will be recycled and you’ll have to get another free number.

Well, that’s enough to get you started. Future articles will discuss other freebies available on the Internet. If there’s something you’re particularly interested in, drop me a line and we’ll share it with the world!

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