Tis the season of sharing...
By free I don't mean registration required or trial period or spyware mandatory. I mean free as in someone handing you a beer out of the goodness of their heart. This stuff was all created by people with no profit motive for the good of society.
I fix computers on the side for beer money and the one thing that annoys the hell out of me is Antivirus companies and their 6 month free trials. Most people don't realize that they run out after 6 months and so believe that they're eternally protected. Virus' take over during month 7 and the inevitable phone call to Kirk ensues. AVG is a free antivirus program that works but there are hoops to jump through and it's generally just annoying. Enter Clamwin, a truely free Antivirus program. It scans my laptop every night at 3AM and auto updates its antivirus definitions as well. There is no trial period, no requests for credit cards, it just works.
The Wired Creative Commons CD has a bunch of well known artists including David Byrne of Talking Heads fame and the Beastie Boys. Here's a quote
"These musicians are saying that true creativity needs to be open, fluid, and alive. When it comes to copyright, they are pro-choice. Here are 16 songs that encourage people to play with their tunes, not just play them."
Download the MP3s HERE
Here is a brief description of the Creative Commons License in case you're wondering why that music is free.
"Creative Commons is a non-profit corporation founded on the notion that some people may not want to exercise all of the intellectual property rights the law affords them. We believe there is an unmet demand for an easy yet reliable way to tell the world "Some rights reserved" or even "No rights reserved." Many people have long since concluded that all-out copyright doesn't help them gain the exposure and widespread distribution they want. Many entrepreneurs and artists have come to prefer relying on innovative business models rather than full-fledged copyright to secure a return on their creative investment. Still others get fulfillment from contributing to and participating in an intellectual commons. For whatever reasons, it is clear that many citizens of the Internet want to share their work -- and the power to reuse, modify, and distribute their work -- with others on generous terms. Creative Commons intends to help people express this preference for sharing by offering the world a set of licenses on our Website, at no charge."
More free stuff in my next post