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101 Free Online Alternatives to Popular Desktop Software

 Here are one hundred and one free online alternatives to popular desktop software packages, ranging from slideshows to email managers to document creation to file management.

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How to save money on your next flight? Use the Web to compare prices

Friday April 18, 2014

cheap flights A friend of mine is planning her honeymoon, and asked me if I knew of anywhere on the Web where she could find cheap flights. After I asked her if she could take me along to Hawaii (no), I put this article together: What's the Best Site for Cheap Flights?.

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  • How to Find Cheap Gas: With gas prices getting as high as they are, it's a good idea to do a bit of Web research first in order to find lower gas prices in your area.
  • 15 Ways to Save Money on the Web: The words "save money" have a delightful ring to them, don't you think? Find out how you can use the Web to save money every month.

Search engine list: all the search engines you'll ever need in one spot

Wednesday April 16, 2014

All-purpose search engines, visual search engines, people search engines...you'll find all these and more in this list of search engines, a comprehensive guide to the best search engines on the Web.

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How to find what you're looking for on the Invisible Web

Monday April 14, 2014

deep web It's natural (and absolutely essential) these days to turn to the Web as a source of information. However, when you use the Web as a source, you're never quite sure if what you're coming across is absolutely credible; after all, simply doing a cursory Google search is going to probably net you more results than you know what to do with, and Wikipedia, while ostensibly a good resource, is a community-edited wiki that is not necessarily considered to be a reliable resource.

So what's a student to do? Well, while there is a ton of information available at your favorite search engine, there's even more information - like hundreds of times more information - available by diving into the Deep Web. The Deep, or Invisible, Web includes databases, content, and obscured resources that a general search engine query won't necessarily see; however, you can get in there using some special search skills and a few specialized search engines. Sound interesting? Get started with these five Deep Web search engines, specialized tools you can use to find scholarly research and information on nearly any subject you can possibly think of.

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Organize your online life with these tools

Friday April 11, 2014

You probably already know that you can bookmark your favorite Web sites in your browser. But if you want to go a little bit further and organize your Web searches even better, here are four tools you can use for free:


Clipmarks Save anything - content, videos, messages, etc. - and save them to your Clipmarks. You can share them with others, too, if you want.


Diigo is the prima donna of research tools. You can use it to save your favorites, highlight information, archive, bookmark, annotate, and access your information from anywhere.


Evernote can save anything for you, even screenshots; then it will organize them for you. Couple of ideas you can use Evernote for? Try creating a detailed vacation itinerary with maps, ticket information, and tourist spots, or how about keeping all those notes from that business meeting right where you can find them next time (and you can even take pictures of the whiteboard!).


Zotero is a Firefox extension that you can use to collect, organize, and even cite your Web research sources. You can store PDF files, make detailed notes on a Web page, and make a bibliography.

Are there free tools you use to organize your Web searches? Share them with us in the comments.

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