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The Computer Log #24 for May 6, 2010

Well after 2 weeks off for Easter and now I am back. I know that the most interesting news in the tech world was the tale of the lost Generation 4 iPhone. How an Apple engineer managed to leave it in a local bar and how a well know tech blog managed to feel the wrath of Steve Jobs. You can see more at http://www.gizmoto.com. In a way, I feel the pain of Jason Chen, the editor of Gizmoto and how the big guy can sometimes stomp on a small guy. I suspect this may backfire on Steve Jobs . Today I will talk about some of the free stuff available on the net and my favorite stuff is books, both audio and in a print form of sorts, and Old Time Radio Shows. Since I use an iPhone and iPod Touch, this area will sort of lean in that direction. But a standard computer and no Operating System limitations will work just fine. Remember I use Ubuntu as my primary OS.

Don't get me wrong, I am a great fan of Audible at http://www.audible.com but there are books that are available that cost absolutely NOTHING!! in both audio and down loadable book formats. From Edgar Rice Burroughs and Tarzan to the SciFi of Andre Norton and H. Beam Piper and I forgot the great HG Wells and “War of the Worlds”. If you like the “Old Time Radio Shows” like the “The Shadow”, “The Lone Ranger” or “The Green Hornet”. The site “Shoutcast” at http://www.shoutcast.com is great. There are others shows as well from the 30's to the end of that era of 1960, also many different types of music in all sorts of different styles. Check out AOL Radio at http://www.aolradio.com, there are 350+ different radio stations from around the country that you can listen to. Remember you need to be connected to the Internet either via broadband, your wireless device or smartphone to listen.

If you like to read, without killing trees and enjoying a good book, you can download many of them free of charge to your “Kindle” or Kindle reader on your iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone and even to your computer using the “Kindle” for the computer. Information for the “Kindle” can be found at http://www.kindle.com. When you go to http://www.kindle.com you will need to download the appropriate application and have an account for Amazon, then search for free titles.

The site http://www.manybooks.net is a great site for browsing many books that are in the public domain. If you use the application called eReader from the iTunes store on your iPod/iPad/iPhone, you can easily download from the Manybooks site any of the 27,118 eBooks for free including several different versions of the Holy Bible. Some of the applications from iTunes are a nominal charge and worth a few dollars to help with the expenses of publishing the stuff to iTunes. On my personal iPod Touch, LibriVox Paid Applications will allows you to download the MP3 files for later playback for less than a liter of pop. LibriVox at http://www.librivox.org is a free site with volunteer readers and reminds me a bit of the Radio Reading Libraries that are in service for the blind.

I have decided to have a “Twitter” account attached to this column and I will be making a few tweets pertaining to important events and you can follow this column at http://www.twitter.com/thecomputerlog.

Franklin S Werren is a computer technician and runs Chautauqua Lake Hosting and Franks Radio in Sherman NY. And can be found on the web at http://www.chautauqualake.net and via e-mail at admin@chautauqualake.net or webmaster@bagpipes.net and yes I do play the Bagpipes.

Disclaimer: “Franklin S Werren” or the “Chautauqua Star” have not received any money or promotional items in anything talked about in this column.

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