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Freedom 2 Surf are an ISP who give free web space even if you don't sign up to their Internet Access. I will be commenting on their free web space because I don't actually use their ISP. They give you 20 megabytes of web space. This is a generous amount of space for most people's web sites. This 20 megabytes also has no advertisments or pop up adverts at all. Compare this to nearly all of the web space providers including the most popular: Geocities and Xoom. The advantages over ISP web space is that if you decide to change ISP, the web space at Freedom 2 Surf is still there. Whereas if you used your ISP space, it will be lost when you do change ISP. They also give you a subdomain, for example, http://www.whatever.f2s.com. With this subdomain, you can have unlimited e-mail aliases which is useful. An advanced part of the service is that they provide Front Page Extensions and SQL. Overall, if you are planning a web site, this is the place to host it.
Keekaboo.com is a website offering free postcards and postcards which you can pay for. These cards are proper postcards which are sent by the Royal Mail, from the UK and only to the UK at the moment. The pay for cards are ones made for Keekaboo or special charity cards. These can be paid for by credit card, or by the popular internet currency, Beenz. Prices are less than a pound for both types, or in Beenz, 200 to 250 beenz. There are also free cards, as mentioned above. These cannot be found on the Keekaboo web site, but can be found on their affiliates, Liquid Life and Handbag. These cards have sponsorship on them. Overall, this is a great place to save on postage and to enter a few competitions...
Fotango are a new online company who offer allow you to process your films through the post. All you have to do is sign up and they send you a freepost envelope in which you send your film in and pay the appropiate price and send it off. If you don't want to pay for a set of prints, you can have the pictures uploaded onto a secure area on their web site, which only you can enter. A bonus when signing up, is that you can get a free film or free processing if you get the correct url of a sponser. These can be found on freebie sites, luckily. Overall, a great way to get cheap photos.
Ad senger promises you up to 10 dollars an advert. So far, there have been very few of those adverts and they have paid less than a dollar in total. The concept of Ad senger is the same as Bepaid's. They pay you a large amount of money for one ad, which is shown in a large window, if you have the Macromedia Flash plugin installed, instead of in a Viewbar on the top or bottom of your screen. They are worht more as the windows stay on top and that means that your attention is focused on the ad. Ad senger also has mini adverts which are just text and you therefore get paid less for viewing one. You can also have referalls earning you and themselves money at the same time. You could make hundreds of pounds in days. But as said above, there are virtually no adverts. This is a promising idea, but as there are no adverts and it does not seem that many advertisers are going to pay you 10 dollars for 30 seconds of your time, there is no point of signing up.
Zone Alarm is piece of sotware which will stop hackers trying to hack into your computer. This useful software is also freeware and is availible for download at many sites. As said above, it is a firewall. The software can be set to use different modes - Low, Medium and Stealth. The most protective, of course, is stealth. This mode will notify you of all port scanners. As you will probably get many port scanners , and therefore many pop up alerts, you can tell the alerts to go away, but there will still be a log of the scanners. It also allows you to choose applications which you would want to allow internet access too, so there are possibilities to turn off spyware using this method. Overall, this is a great piece of software for free.
Outlook Express is a free mail and newsgroup client in one. It is a free version of Outlook 2000 which is more of a personal organiser. The software is free if you downloaded it but as it comes part of Windows now, it came as a cost. Outlook Express 5 allows you to collect mail from POP3 mail servers and send mail through SMTP servers and now has the added feature to collect mail from a MSN Hotmail account and send mail. The software also allows you to collect messages from news servers. There are possibilities of snychronising your news accounts as well. Another feature of Outlook Express is that you can create different users for Outlook Express and switch to them using passwords. But the feature which puts it above Eudora in my opinion is the fact that you can use more than one email address for each identity. This is because I have a few POP accounts and Eudora only lets you check one of them.
IC 24 were one of the first to give free 0800 internet access for no charge. At the moment there are only 2, X-Stream and IC 24 and IC 24 is better by a long way. At the time of writing, IC 24 provide access to the internet from 8pm till midnight everyday until the end of January. The service is likely to extend well past this date as it has after other deadlines. The access is not that bad either. It is quick on a 56k connection. A bad part of the service is that it has a 1 hour cut off period, but hey - it's free. If you are thinking of signing up, do and after you have, sign up for the Scotish version (it does allow UK subscribers) which uses a different number and you are most likely to get through first time.
Surfmiles seems to be the best Pay to Surf program on the net at the moment. After the demise of All Advantage who are now paying 7 pence an hour up to a total of 10 hours, giving you 70 pence a month, this scheme seems the only way foward. The best parts of Surfmiles is that it is a British company and it pays you in pounds and has been said to have paid out. It also gives you 30 pence an hour for up to 7 hours, giving a total of £2.10 a month. The SurfPilot bar goves you one Surfmile for every Ask Jeeves search you do through it. This is a great way of earning a few extra pounds over a few months. Another good part is that you can exchange dooyoo miles for Surfmiles. This option is great if you want cash but you dont write often enough to earn £50. It works the same way as normal - 10 dooyoo miles equals 1 Surfmile which equals 1 pence. The only problems which I have had with the SurfPilot are that it slows down my computer enough that it takes a few seconds to load a new window of Internet Explorer.
Go!Zilla is software which can speed up your downloads and let you pause and resume downloads from where you left them. This is all good if you are in the United Kingdom and have a 56k connection with an ISP who kicks you off every 2 hours and you have a lot to download, but the software comes with a nasty surprise. It is that instead of it being freeware, it is actually spyware. This means that the software displays an advertisment in the window and that a cookie is installed onto your system and it finds out what web sites you go to. Then the cookie sends the information it has found out and sends it to Aureate, the software maker and then Aureate have the chance of selling this information and you get adverts which they think you will attend to. Otherwise this software is fine :).
Another.com is a British web site giving you the chance of making your own email address whose domain has been chosen from a list of over 12000 by you. Once you have an account, it is possible to get up to 18 more email addresses with different domains. Another.com email is web-based but it does not have the option to check email on other POP servers like Freeserve and BT Internet's. There is a good feature to get rid of spam and it is the Block Sender option which will not let you see any mail from a specified sender. Overall, Another.com is just yet another e-mail provider with nothing special except for its domains.
The main channel from the BBC seems to be losing the ratings war with the ITV. ITV, who have advertising on their channel whereas the BBC require a TV Licence to be paid for, have more of a budget than BBC and can therefore have a wider range of high quality programming such as dramas and sports. This does not mean that BBC One does not have some high quality programmes even though their ratings are slipping. Past dramas like Pride and Prejudice and sports programmes like Match of the Day, soon to be phased out because of the ITV buying the rights to highlights of Premiership matches, are on BBC One. As said above, there are no adveristing breaks on BBC One as there are on ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and nearly all of the Pay TV channels on satellite and cable. This is one of the main advantages of BBC One. But as said above, it comes at a price of around £100 a year. Overall, BBC One has a bit to do to overtake the might of the ITV.
Be Paid.com promises you over 20 dollars in one hour, just for surfing the net. They are different to the rest of the competetion as they do not have a 'Vievbar' but they have a program which alerts you when an advert is coming. The advert is put in a new window and the advert is made using Macromedia Flash. This is all good, but are there any adverts? The answer is around 1 every 2 months. So far, I have earnt less than a dollar in about 6 months. Also, the software is extremely buggy. Overall, forget them, stick to the good old Viewbars.
Grand Prix 3 is the latest of the Grand Prix Formula One simulators from Geoff Crammond. The game seems to be just like Grand Prix 2, its predecessor, but in this version, the 3D graphics are outstanding and the rain is very realistic. Grand Prix 3 is based on the 1998 season of Formula One. The eleven teams with 22 drivers are all in the game. But for some silly reason, they have had to rename Jacques Villeneuve, to John Newhouse and put a completely different guy and helmet in the game. If you are getting bored of the 1998 season, it is possible to download unofficial updates of tracks and drivers and different car sets. There are many high quality sites which include these. Overall, Grand Prix 3 is a great game, long live Geoff Crammond.
Hot Telephone allows its users to call over thirty different countries for the cost of your internet connection. One of these countries is England and I have saved about £50 using their free dialer to phone my friends. To use this great service, you must first register with the website. Then, when you have logged in, and are ready to make your first free call, you have to download a small applet which will make the connection from your computer to whoever you are trying to contact. When the small java applet has been installed, you are then able to dial numbers and make your phone call. You will have to try re-dialing a few times because of the popularity of the service and that the quality might not be like a proper phone call, but hey, its free. This is the perfect opportunity to contact old friends in other countries or just to save loads of money on your phonebill.
MSN Messenger is a great piece of free chatting software from Microsoft. MSN Messenger is availible for download at http://messemger.msn.co.uk and is less than a megabyte. To use MSN Messenger, you must either sign up with the free e-mail provider Hotmail, which is run by Microsoft, or sign up for a MSN Passport, using your original e-mail address. Using MSN Messenger is simple. All you have to do is log in to your Hotmail or Passport account by signing in with MSN Messenger. Then, add all your freinds email addresses as long as they have a Hotmail or Passport account. Then, when you have been notified that they are online, you can double click their name for Instant Messaging or talk to more than one friend who is online by inviting them into the same conversation. You can even talk to your friends when using a microphone. This piece of software from Microsoft is fantastic and I recomend it to anyone who has a lot of friends and you just want to talk.