Lots of tech tools, check-this-out articles, and other useful stuff!
Photo Editing Software Free Downloads
GIMP is recommended by PCMagazine and Digital Trends. There is a learning curve, but hey, you get the software free and they provide tutorials, so invest a little bit of yourself because the added skills will be worth the time.
Paint.net is recommended by Digital Trends; it includes tutorials.
Picasa has a free version, sufficient for most of us, and is recommended by Digital Trends and myself.
Photo Editing Sites
You upload your picture to their site and do your editing.
Pixlr This site is a lot like the Adobe Photoshop software you can purchase.
iPiccy is similar to Microsoft Paint.
Photoshop.com use their online editing tool, the Express Editor
Photoshop Express Editor Tutorial a youtube video
Fotor Go figure...there's a GIMP ad on Fotor's page. There must be a digital relationship here.
123greetings.com "free greetings for the planet"
Jibjab.com ecards are free; they are the type that you insert the faces of you and your friends in.
Gmail a part of the Google empire. You will find that you need a Gmail account for many other sites onlinewhich you may not have even known were Google (i.e. Blogger and YouTube), so you might as well give in and sign up today.
Outlook a part of the Microsoft empire, formerly known Hotmail, click on "Sign up now"
Zilla Mail provides safe email for kids. They can only receive emails from contacts.
Zoho Mail for businesses, up to 25 users free
Convert Files you upload your file for conversion
Handbrake an open source video transcoder which you download
NCH Software convert many file types, even VHS or old vinyl record! Download what you need.
RealPlayer use the free version to convert audio and video files to different formats. They just introduced RP Cloud, so I haven't had a chance yet to see if this changes the free version.
It's time for a break from all this learning.....
Online Sheet Music offers thousands of songs for piano, guitar, vocal, and more. Click their logo on the right. They also offer free music.
Sarien.net If you're old enough to remember playing King's Quest, Police Quest, and Space Quest, you can now play them on the Internet thanks to Martin Kool!
School Tube has several Schoolhouse Rock videos on their site. If you are old like me, you will treasure going back in time while you watch these. The videos aired on ABC in the 1970s and 80s. You can also find more Schoolhouse Rock videos on YouTube like "I'm just a Bill."
Sporcle "mentally stimulating diversions," a fun and educational game site for adults (and kids). I am not one to spend time on games, but this site --- I love!!!
free sources for photos and clipart
British Library public domain images from 17th to 19th century books
Creative Commons here you will also find sounds and clipart. some items are not public domain but are licensed through Creative Commons. That means you may use them as stipulated but give proper attribution. Here are "Best Practices for Attribution."
Every Stock Photo complete a free registration and you're in!
Flickr remember to follow the original owner's restrictions and give attribution.
Historical Images Library of Congress' photostream at Flickr
Textures register to see all photos, great for graphic designing!
Unsplash no search box here. Register and you can use photos freely. They add ten new images every ten days. If you have time to browse, this is a great site. You could save all the selections you think you will use in the future.
Viintage public domain graphics(yes, there are two "i's") I found beautiful Valentine and Christmas greetings which I will distribute to friends and family.
Wikimedia put the letters "PD" before your search term to limit your results to public domain images
Legal Information Sites
States often have online self-help law centers, so do a search for one online.
Avvo.com ask legal questions and get "general legal and business analysis" answers from an online community of 150,000 attorneys. I used it and got a response in seven minutes! Their mission is to "help you make smarter, more confident legal decisions."
Best Law Firms as ranked by U.S. News & World Report
FindLaw from Thomson Reuters, find a local lawyer and information on laws
Guide to Law Online from the Library of Congress
Legal Dictionary and Encyclopedia from the Legal Information Institute at Cornell University Law School
Legal Documents and Forms also from the Legal Information Institute
NOLO They sell lots of books and software, but they also present free legal information online.
Public Domain Materials
Creative Commons license to share your creative works, find works by others to use
Incompetech Kevin MacLeod's music collection of many genres are free to use with examples on how to give credit
Wikimedia Commons many media formats, free
RSS Feed Readers
Bloglines customizable dashboard and exclusive widgets; my reader of choice.
Feedly on TIME's "50 Best Websites of 2013"
Good News they assemble news feeds and you add your own.
Facebook love it or hate it, here it is
Google+ login to your Google account and set yourself up with Google +
LinkedIn great for networking and career building
This is My Jam let your friends know what you're listening to
Twitter microblog with a maximum of 140 characters (tweet)
YouTube use your Gmail login to create an account. Upload your own videos.
Open Office a free, open-source suite from Apache which is similar to and compatible with Microsoft Office. Modules include a word processor, spreadsheet, database, and math, presentation and drawing programs.
Technology Information Sources
cnet product reviews, tech news, and software downloads
Consumer Reports check out the index of electronics
Digital Trends tech news and product reviews
GeekWire dispatches from the digital frontier
PCMag reviews, news and downloads
TechCrunch tech news
TechRadar tech news and product reviews
TWiT.TV tech news
The Wirecutter reviews on top technologies and not limited to electronics. TIME magazine calls it a "smart, reliable buying guide." Currently their homepage displays a review of the best umbrella. (It's the EuroSCHIRM Light Trek umbrella by the way)
Wired monthly magazine reporting on technology trends and how they affect business and society
CiteULike one of many bibliographic management tools
DuckDuckGo the search engine that doesn't track you! I like the look of their page - easy on the eyes. I also like their description feature up top which allows a good understanding of the site you are about to click. Read more.
iTranslate works well and is fun to play with -- not that I want to expand into discussion of mobile apps, but I will branch out this one time.
MS Word has a translator. I've used it in the 2007 and 2010 versions. I found it worked best when I copied and pasted one sentence at a time from my document to the translation box. Then I would paste their translation into a new word document I opened. When I tried to translate a paragraph at a time, it produced a poor result. I was translating from English to Spanish. I then took my Spanish document to a volunteer for polishing. I was trying to save the volunteer time by doing some of the translation work. She said my translation tool worked better than most she had seen.
BBB Better Business Bureau
Consumer Reports a trusted resource for years; your public library probably subscribes!
Directory of Open Access Journals
Librarians' Internet Index great site for finding info on most any topic
Lifehacker a little bit of everything, time spent on this site is a good investment
Carfax enter the VIN or license plate number for your used vehicle (or one you're considering buying) to find out that vehicle's history concerning accidents, repairs, title info., odometer reading, and recalls.
Kelley Blue Book find out what a new or used car is worth (note: one insurance adjuster I spoke to said in his experience with insurance claims and car dealers, KBB is quoting too high. he stated that NADA is widely used in the industry by both adjusters and car dealers.)
NADA new and used car price guides for consumers
Video Internet/Phone Calls
Office Online Microsoft Office brings you the most used features so you can collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, notebooks, and presentations.
Website Hosts/Domain Name Sources
Purchase a domain name. Create a website for free, or upgrade to a premium site with these hosts.
Doodlekit good for small businesses
Hover.com I use these guys for my domain purchase and email forwarding. Their support staff are wonderful and quick. You can purchase a domain name for as little as $15/year.
Squarespace the one I use, excellent support, great user community with answers
Weebly great for setting up a small site, but you have to purchase if you want to use video.
Review of the10 most popular website builders complete with step-by-step tutorials, thanks to Robert Mening
Backlink Checker find out who is linking to your site
Copy and Paste Special Characters not on your keyboard
Domain Tools determine who owns a website
WooRank type in your domain name to see all sorts of data about it.
PB Works contains no ads on your wiki site, easy to learn
Wikimatrix select the wiki hosts you wish to compare and decide which serves your needs best
Wikispaces top recommendation (for a free host )by PC Magazine