Al Bsharah Business Minded, Technically Inclined

32 Free Applications for PCs, Make You and Your PC Happy!


Happy PCIt’s rare that I run across an article that makes me want to link it in my blog directly.  Normally, I’ll Digg it, or Tweet it, or put it in my Shared News, or something similar so it shows up in my LifeStream (the side-bar to the left).  However, this one deserves special mention.

It’s a list of 32 applications that you, geek or not, might very well find useful in some form or another.  I use about 40% of these on a regular basis.  If the list wasn’t enough, they also provide 10 more “honorable mentions” and a final application that will install them all for you automatically.

It includes applications for Directory Visualization, Ripping DVD / Blu-Ray, PDFs, Virtualization, Gaming, File Syncrhonization, Search, Encryption, IP Telephony (Voice Over IP), CPU / GPU Specs, Media (music, video, photo, audio, image), File Transfer, Secure Password Storage, Productivity, Anti-Virus…and the list really goes on.  It’s very much worth a look.

Maximum PC’s 32 Totally Essential (and Free) Applications for PCs

The one application I disagree with…or, better yet, I simply use another…is the Photoshop replacement.  They recommend Gimp, I use (and have used for some time) Paint.NET.

Image (and story) Credit:  Maximum PC

About the author

Al Bsharah

Al’s been involved in multiple San Diego startups since 1999 after leaving the Detroit auto industry as an electrical engineer. He's started two of his own companies where he's raised capital from both VCs and angels, and sold one of them to both Seismic and Return Path. He resides on the board of Startup San Diego, is a Tech Coast Angels member, and has graduated both Techstars and Founder Institute accelerator programs where he now mentors. Al is currently the Vice President of Product Operations at Seismic and in his free time he manages to play a little beach volleyball, invest in startups, trade stocks, and camp with his wife, son, dog, and friends.


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Al Bsharah Business Minded, Technically Inclined