Category Archives: Deals

FREE Book – Ubuntu Pocket Guide (PDF)

For those of you just getting started with Ubuntu Linux (and for you seasoned veterans as well), don’t miss this opportunity to get your hands on a FREE pocket guide (PDF).

Download – Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference

Alternate download link (in case the original is unavailable)

Written by Keir Thomas (author of the venerable Ubuntu Kung Fu), the 170-page Ubuntu Pocket Guide is aimed particularly at Windows users curious about the Ubuntu operating system. It covers everything from installation and configuration to security and command-line tricks.

Here’s the Table of Contents:

  1. Installing Ubuntu
  2. Configuring Ubuntu
  3. Getting to grips with the desktop
  4. Users and the filesystem
  5. Hands-on at the command-line
  6. Software management
  7. Securing the system
  • Appendix A: Glossary of terms
  • Appendix B: Learning more and getting help

Don’t feel like reading 170 pages on a computer screen? I don’t blame you. A print edition is available for a mere $10 (Amazon link).

This is definitely a handy resource to keep near your desk, whether you’re installing Ubuntu for the first time or just need a refresher on some CLI magic.

Have fun.

FREE Book – Definitive Guide to Linux Network Programming (PDF)

To continue in the spirit of free products, Apress.com is giving away digital downloads of The Definitive Guide to Linux Network Programming.

The book has a list price of $49.99, and is available for free download here.

Update: the download link appears to be down on Apress right now (due to massive traffic). Here is a temporary download link.

For those of you who don’t like staring at computer screens too long, you can purchase a hard copy on Amazon for $35 (Amazon link). It has pretty good reviews on Amazon so far, so this 400-page book is certainly worth adding to your arsenal.

Enjoy.

ZoneAlarm Pro 2009 – Free Download Today Only

As mentioned yesterday, Check Point software is celebrating its 15th anniversary today, and YOU get to reap the benefits. Today only, you can download ZoneAlarm Pro 2009 for FREE.

What you get: A professional firewall, plus anti-spyware and ID protection. Note – this is a subscription valid for one year ($40 value).

How to get it: The download link is right below. It will expire on 19 November 2008 at 6 AM PST.

http://download.zonealarm.com/bin/free/sum/index.html

Suggested alternative: If you don’t care for ZoneAlarm or if you missed this deal, you could try Comodo Internet Security instead (free). Look for an upcoming review here soon.

ZoneAlarm Pro 2009 – FREE on 18 November 2008 Only

The link is live. Please see the updated post here.

According to this PC Mag article, ZoneAlarm Pro 2009 will be offered for FREE on Tuesday, November 18 in honor of Check Point Software’s 15th anniversary.

In addition to the firewall, ZoneAlarm Pro offers anti-spyware and ID protection (see feature comparison). The Pro package is normally $40 (for one year of updates). By downloading ZoneAlarm Pro tomorrow, you will receive a free one-year subscription.

The download link will go live at 6 AM Pacific time, and I’ll post an update once it’s available.

FREE CodeWeavers Software – Lame Duck Challenge – October 28 Only!

Important: Tuesday, 28 October 2008 ONLY! Get FREE software from CodeWeavers!

CodeWeavers, corporate backs of the Wine Project and creators of CrossOver products that help run popular Windows programs on Mac OS X and Linux, created a Lame Duck challenge last July to President Bush, asking him to try to affect at least ONE positive change whilst in the last six months of office. The potential goals were:

  1. Reduce the Price of Gas: Gas costs about $3.79 a gallon in the Twin Cities, a full buck more than this time last year. If the average price here drops below $2.79 per gallon, this goal is met.
  2. Reduce the Price of Food: With the rise of fuel prices has come a similar rise in food prices. A gallon of milk is about $5 these days. It was $3.50 a year ago. If the average price of a gallon of milk comes down to $3.50 gallon in the Twin Cities metro, this goal is met.
  3. Create More Jobs: We started the year with 138,002,000 people in the U.S. working non-farm jobs. Since then, total non-farm employment has decreased by 366,000. If so much as a single job can be created this calendar year – meaning if employment can be at least 138,002,001, this goal is met.
  4. Rejuvenate the Housing Market: Median home values in the Twin Cities have fallen 12 percent year over year – from $233,000 to $205,000. If that median returns to $233,000, this goal is met.
  5. Bring Osama Bin-Laden to Justice: Every American would like to see Osama Bin-Laden captured or terminated. We won’t be picky about how President Bush gets him. If it happens, this goal is met.

If at least ONE goal was met, CodeWeavers pledged to make their software available for FREE for 24 hours. Unfortunately for them (and fortunately for us!), the first goal was met recently. As the CEO admitted in the middle of October:

That morning, I was filling my tank at Big Steve’s Gas Palace in St. Paul,” said Jeremy White, president and CEO of CodeWeavers. “I had just finished my morning corn dog and 64-ounce Dr. Pepper when I looked at the pump and noticed gas was at $2.79. I screamed ‘Woohoo,’ then I yelled ‘Oh, crap!’ as I realized every American can now have my software for free. Kind of upsets my fourth quarter revenue projections…

Therefore, if you want FREE CodeWeavers software, visit their site on 28 October 2008 and you will be given a license code for one free copy. From the above quote, it sounds like this deal is limited to residents of the USA only.

Read the full press release

Get Windows Server 2008 for FREE through DreamSpark (Students Only)

Windows Server 2008 Box
Windows Server 2008 Box

Want a free download of Windows Server 2008? It’s yours, if you qualify! Microsoft recently updated their DreamSpark offerings to include Server 2008, among other products. All you have to do is verify that you’re a student, and start downloading.

Download link – https://www.dreamspark.com/default.aspx

What is DreamSpark? Straight from the horse’s mouth:

Microsoft DreamSpark enables students to download Microsoft developer and design tools at no charge.

Now, for the first time, Microsoft is giving its valuable software developer and design tools directly to students worldwide at no charge! This site enables students like you to download professional-level Microsoft developer and design tools to unlock your creative potential and set you on the path to academic and career success, by supporting and advancing your learning and skills through technical design, technology, math, science and engineering activities.

What products are offered? A lot! In addition to Windows Server 2008, you can freely download:

  • Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition (and 2005 Professional)
  • SQL Server 2008 Developer
  • MS Expression Studio 2
  • XNA Game Studio 2.0
  • XNA Creators Club Online (12 months access)
  • IT Academy Student Pass (up to 22 hours of FREE e-learning courses)

You will need:

  • A Windows Live ID
  • Valid Student Status

My university was not on the main list, but they were able to quickly verify me online via JourneyEd. Within minutes, I started downloading Windows Server 2008, which can actually function very well as a desktop or workstation. With a few clicks, you can essentially transform it into Windows Vista, but without most of the bloat. Look for some articles relating to Server 2008 soon.

Best of luck. Despite my affinity for Linux, it’s hard to turn down free, legal software!

UPDATE: Be sure to see my article on how to turn Server 2008 into an excellent workstation OS.

Live.com Cashback – Let Microsoft Pay You When Making Online Purchases

Whether you love them or hate them, Microsoft is willing to pay you cold, hard cash just for using their Live.com cashback service to buy things online. The idea is that you simply use their search engine to compare products and prices, then click-through to the selected online store. When you make your purchase, you earn cashback from Microsoft. Easy as that.

Keep saving money each time you use Live Search cashback. Every time you make a qualifying purchase, we’ll send you an email to confirm your Live Search cashback savings. Usually 60 days after your purchase (although this time period may vary for some stores), and when your cashback account reaches a balance of at least $5, you can claim your cold, hard cash.

Microsoft wants to increase exposure to their search engine, and they may have some success by paying people in this manner. They hope that by offering this juicy incentive, you will not only use their search engine for online shopping, but for all your other search-related needs. Hmm, maybe they will win a few converts.

Now let me tell you how it really works. Google will continue to dominate the search arena, and people like myself will simply click-through to a specific store when buying things online just to harvest the cash from Microsoft.

Speaking of which, here is a list of stores (sorted alphabetically). With regard to technology, I’m pleased to see Newegg.com on the list – currently earning 5.5% cashback.

If you’re a TigerDirect fan, you can earn 10% cashback from Microsoft! Some other examples currently include:

  • Lenovo – 10% cashback
  • Overstock.com – 4 to 14% cashback
  • Creative Products – 10% cashback
  • Shop4tech.com – 12% cashback

If you’re planning a new computer build from Newegg anytime soon, or are eyeing a new Lenovo laptop, you should use the Live cashback system and let Microsoft reimburse part of the cost to you. It certainly won’t cost you anything extra to do so.

Check it out: a few days ago I decided to buy a new USB flash drive from Newegg, so I clicked-through, spent a whopping $9 on a drive from Crucial, and then checked my Live cashback account. Lo and behold, $0.50 had already been deposited into my account. I’m rich!

Once I hit $5, Microsoft will pay me (through PayPal, direct deposit, or a mailed check). Hmm, I wonder if I have any friends who will let me buy parts for them online (then pay me back in cash)? Earning cashback could turn into a side job!

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