10 Free and Incredibly Useful (or Interesting) Websites

By Gary Arrington | Jan 14, 2013
Source: StumbleUpon

Stumbleupon.com

Stumbleupon is a fascinating website where - CAUTION ! - you can spend hours!  After you've defined your interests, just click the "Stumble" button and you will be taken to  various websites related to those interests. For instance, you may have defined gardening, art, and music as a few things you're interested in. Stumble will serve up websites related to these interests that have been recommended by thousands of other "Stumblers". You can rate each page with a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down",  which influences how often Stumble serves that page to others.  It's a great way to explore the internet, but be prepared to spend some time here.

 

Ninite.com

If you're setting up a new computer, or just need to load some piece of software like Adobe Reader, free antivirus software, or a new web browser like Chrome, head on over to Ninite. This website will install the software for you, usually with just one click. It will automatically prevent any "toolbars" or extras from loading and will also determine whether you need the 32 bit or 64 bit version for your computer. Just select the programs you want and then run the "installer".

Each time you return to Ninite and run the installer it will check to see if all your applications are up to date. No signup required.

 

AllRecipes.com   

The most popular recipe website on the web with over 40,000 recipes, many of which have been tested and reviewed by multiple food critics.

Factcheck.org

 A nonpartisan, nonprofit "consumer advocate" for voters that attempts to reduce the level of deception in politics. The site will review a given speech, commercial, or argument and report what it finds to be the actual facts behind the issue at hand.

Paperbackswap.com

Trade books for free with this online book swap. Just list books you'd like to swap with other club members. When one of your books is requested, mail it to the club member (you pay the postage). In return, you may choose from 4,941,715 available books! Books you request are mailed to you for free and there are no late fees or hidden charges.

WhichDateWorks.com

Have you ever faced the situation of trying to arrange a dinner with three other couples and it seems impossible to find a date that works for everyone? WhichDateWorks.com makes planning a party or event with friends and family simple, easy and convenient. Just create an event, check the days on the calendar that work for you and those that don't, add the email addresses of your friends and send an invite. Each friend can check off the days that work for them and you'll end up with a calendar that shows the availability of everyone on your guest list. When you select a final date for your event, emails are automatically sent to all your guests with the details.

Screenr.com

Record movies of your desktop and send them straight to YouTube. Create video tutorials to train other staff members on software applications, or create a movie to show your computer-challenged friends how to drag-and-drop files to another folder.

 

Hundred Zeros.com

This site collects information about free Kindle books currently available on Amazon and links you to them for an easy download. You can choose to view the books by genre or just browse all books. You can also link through Facebook or email to be notified when new books are added to the site. This site doesn't require a signup, but you will need to create a free account on Amazon and register your Kindle device, if you haven't already.

 

Kindle Buffet  - www.weberbooks.com/kindle/

This site changes daily and delivers three pages of free Kindle books available from Amazon.  And the books you find here will often be different than the ones on the previous website. Again, you'll need an Amazon account already set up to "purchase" these free books.

 

Ookong.com

You may already be aware that Amazon prices can change dramatically for short periods of time. If you are considering purchasing something from Amazon,  Ookong will track the item and notify you when the price drops. You can also see a history of the price of the item so you have some idea of when is the right time to buy.

 

What are some of your favorite, but largely unknown, websites? Leave a comment below.

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