Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) – Reasons to Say NO

You must have heard about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). A bill that  aims to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods, by giving copyright holders the right to shutdown any US hosted website they claim infringing to their copyrights. for non-US hosted sites, the site will be restricted by blocking it from ISP DNS databases ( IP access may still be possible), also the site will be removed from US search engines (all search engines?) , prohibited from using US based payment solutions (paypal, most credit card gateways), and finally advertisers will be banned from placing ads in that domain (removal from Adsense and similar). The copyright holder wouldn’t even have to set foot in a court.

What if SOPA was to pass?

If this the Sopa bill was to pass, then we can all say goodbye to the internet we once loved. Webmasters will live in constant fear of pissing off the wrong corporation. most blogs, forums, social media, file sharing, will change or disappear, as merely linking to an infringing  website may open the gates of hell for the website owners. Allowing the US goverment to pass SOPA will ruin the internet for the entire planet.

You cannot let this bill pass. The DMCA ruined the internet once before and we can’t allow that to happen again. allowing SOPA is killing the Free internet.

Read Kindle books on PC for free

Did you know that you can read Kindle books on your PC for free? You can follow this simple guide to start reading thousands of free and millions of cheap kindle books on PC, without ever owning a Kindle.

How to get Kindle books on PC ?

To start reading your free kindle books on PC, you must fist download the Kindle reader for PC.

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Once the download is finished, open the installed Kindle book reader for PC, you will have to login with your amazon account , don’t worry it’s free. Once you do they will start you off with three free kindle books on PC already installed ( Pride and Prejudice, Aesop`s Fable, And Treasure Island).

You can also easily download any book into your Kindle PC reader, free or not. To do so, just go to the Kindle Library, and select a book you like, then hit “buy with one click” it will be automatically transfered to the Kindle book reader on your PC. Just refresh it and it will start downloading the kindle books on PC.

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If you are only interested in the Free books, you may go to the Free books section and select your book, then click Buy, don`t worry it won`t ask for payment details if the book is free.

That’s about it, you can now start enjoying thousands of free kindle books on PC

Automatically Detect and Download all your PC drivers

During the last decade, I got the chance to try many driver repairing tools, some of them were free, some were not. I never liked any of them though, some couldn’t correctly detect the hardware that is unrecognized by windows, some provided dead driver download links, and some were loaded with spywares are scarewares.

When I was working on a friends Acer laptop, trying to find almost all of it’s drivers that Windows curiously was unable to recognize any of them. Even the manufacturer was not quite sure what the hell  they put in this model.

That is when I tried a software called Device doctor, I kinda liked it for the following reasons.

1. Free

2. Was able to detect all the needed drivers.

3. Was able to provide driver updates for the installed drivers.

4. All drivers were hosted at the device doctor website.

5. No registration required !

6. There is even a portable version of the software, to be used without installing from a flash drive, if you were geeky enough for that.

I still haven’t got the chance to really check it’s capabilities, but so far, it’s looking good.

You can download Device Doctor here

Also you can get the Portable Device Doctor here

Free conference calling services

Conference calling is generally an over priced service in which multiple parties are connected in one conference with audio and sometimes video.

There are many companies that offer this service but sometimes you want to have your conference for free (the angrybyte style!).

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Free calls from cell phone to cell phone

Recently, many mobile applications where developed to enable VOIP call between cell phones,
Currently Only Symbian OS mobile phones and iPhone support voice calls,  other java enabled phones still can IM, send voice messages and pictures for free!

One of the many applications in this domain is Nimbuzz. Nimbuzz has 2 versions one for java enabled phones and one for symbian OS phones.

Both versions support IM between Nimbuzz phones, IM with Yahoo, MSN, Gtalk and others, Sending Voice messages and directly from camera pictures. Also nimbuzz can Buzz a friend that is not currently running the software telling him that someone is waiting for him on nimbuzz, Also you can start international calls with the price of local calls if Nimbuzz had a server in your country.

The symbina version of nimbuzz adds the possibility to start and internet VOIP calls for free (only internet download fees apply)

Also nimbuzz can be useful to backup your phone contacts on the application server, and then restore them on another phone!.

You can check out the Nimbuzz website here