BBC iPlayer : We've recommended this one before but the iPlayer is getting better, so definitely worth another mention. Installing this software lets you watch and listen to BBC programs broadcast in the last 7 days. You'll need broadband, and a reasonably good PC to run.
Google Finance UK : New to the UK this free site offers a massive amount of finance information for the home investor. Including tracking your own portfolio and investigating new stocks. The kind of detailed information you used to have to pay for! Being google it's also very easy to search and navigate.
Mozyis a free online backup service. It's very simple to install and configure and will backup your documents over your broadband for free. It's just as easy to restore any documents if you lose them. You'll also find an inbuilt scheduling function so you don't even have to remember to run it.
Google Earth If you have broadband it is a must to download and install. Once installed make sure you go to the tools menu and choose play tour. You will need to play a few times to get all the images ready in cache.
If you need to take files with you, are take stuff home from work or college, school etc then disks and flash drives can be a pain. Drop Boks is not the first but is possibly the simplest and quickest web site for acting as a secure online store. The service is free, secure and simple. You have 1GB of free space.
An important site that should be visted by all teenagers who use the internet. It explains how to stay safe on the net, what the dangers are and what to do if you have problems. Parents worried about internet saftey would also find the site useful, as well as the main CEOP site.
Skype is a little program which uses your broadband connection to make free phone calls. Download and use for free! You can buy a headset or handset from the Skype shop, but any microphone will do.
Other Technology favorites
Windows Update This is a must! If you are running Microsoft Windows you should visit Microsoft
update at least once a month. This will keep your PC up to date
with the latest windows patches and updates. If you run it in custom mode it will also recommend
some software and hardware drivers you may want to update.
Snapfish.co.uk Print your
digital photos with Snapfish. Easy site with very quick delivery.
My prints have always turned up the following day. Some great gift
ideas as well.
AVG Antivirus Free Antivirus
software for home users. I use this and its good. It auto updates
and finds all viruses. Use with Spybot and Microsoft Defender for
complete peace of mind.
Belarc Advisor A great utility which provides a report showing
the current setup of a computer. What programs are installed, their
keycodes, what service packs etc.