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Tuesday, August 21

Oldversion.Com: Oldies but Goodies

Are you having difficulty using your new software? Would you like to revert back to its old version which is no longer available on their website?

Scenario: You have recently downloaded the latest version of a software which was released yesterday in the market. However, after installing it and using it for 2 hours, your computer suddenly crashed. So you try to troubleshoot your PC and thank goodness, you can now sign on. But when you try to log on to Windows, the PC is so sluggish. So what you will normally do is uninstall the new software and revert back to the old one. But the old version is no longer available on the software provider's site.

Solution: Well, don't worry, there is this great website that provides old copies of software. You can go to Oldversion.Com


Oldversion.Com provides the old copies of your favorite softwares. For example, Internet Explorer has the following versions:
Internet Explorer 1.0
Internet Explorer 2.0
Internet Explorer 3.01 (Win3.11)
Internet Explorer 3.02 (Win95)
Internet Explorer 3.02 (WinNT)
Internet Explorer 4.01 SP2
Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2
Internet Explorer 6.0
Internet Explorer 7.0
Internet Explorer 7.0 Beta 2
Internet Explorer 7.0 Beta 3

The softwares are categorized according to their use. The softwares are categorized according to their usage : Communication, Graphics, Multimedia, Internet, File Sharing, Utilities, Security, Enterprise and FTP. But before downloading a file from the oldversion.com, please visit their ABOUT page first.

The site also allows visitors to submit old versions of software. So if you have old copies of any software that are not listed on the site, kindly share them by visiting the site's CONTRIBUTE page.

So visit OldVersion.Com and see if you can find the old software that you are looking for.
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Tuesday, August 14

Deep Relaxation Audio Program: Taking Stress Out of Our Lives!

Do you feel that your world will crumble? Are you broken hearted? Do you need a break? If you feel pressured or stressed, you can try the Deep Relaxation Audio Program. As mentioned on the site "This Audio Relaxation Program has been developed by California Department of Mental Health, and brought to you by LIFELINE International helping you make lifestyle changes toward better health, productivity and effectiveness."

When you are thinking too much coz you are trying to solve a lot of problems in your life or you feel depressed coz you feel nobody loves you anymore, then you need a breather. The Deep Relaxation Program will help you deal with stress in a positive way. There are two available audio programs: 20-minute audio relaxation program and 6-minute audio relaxation program. Both of which are very soothing and calming. If you have plenty of time, the 20-minute program is recommeded. But remember that best results can be achieved if you do this on a quiet place. Of course you cannot do this program while driving a car.

No matter how big or small your burden is, you
will surely benefit from the Deep Relaxation Audio Program. So find ways to incorporate this program at least once a week and have a healthier life!
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Monday, August 13

BlogRolling: Enhancing your Blog's Visibility


One of the challenges that every blogger would face is getting a high page rank site . Competition on the internet is tough yet I have seen a lot of successful bloggers who are willing to help the newbies (such as ME!). One interesting site that I bump into is the BlogRolling.Com. Blogrolling will manage your blog links. It will also help you connect to other bloggers by using their Blogroll Me feature.

Sign up for Blogrolling and let your blog be more visible on the internet. Then, be my blogmate and subscribe to my blogroll by posting a comment on this page or email me at anyfreebies@gmail.com. You can also help get higher page rank by adding me to your blog so please Blogroll Me!

Happy Blogging!
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Friday, August 10

PortableApps.Com: : Carry your Programs Anywhere You May Go

Ever heard of John Haller? Well, he’s the man behind the “Portable Firefox.” And now he has new innovation through his website PortableApps.com. As the name implies, the site is dedicated in developing and promoting portable applications. This application enables people to conveniently have access to their programs and files anytime you may need or want to use them on a Windows computer. You can utilize a portable hard drive, iPOD,USB drive, flash drive or any portable device for this application. What's great about it is that, it can be used by any software developer or hardware manufacturer.


A collection of more than 20 apps are included in the PortableApps Suite that includes a calendar, browser, game, backup utility, email client, office program, media player, graphics editor and others.

The Portable Apps Suite™ is a freeware that is free from Spyware, Virus and Advertisements. However, you are also free to Donate Money for the Portable Apps Suite development. You can use it as long as you want to and even share it's goodness to your friends.

The applications of PortableApps Suite are easy to install. You just have to drop the needed application into you portable device. But if you are still having difficulty or not too techy when it comes to computer stuff, you can get assistance by going to their FORUM or SUPPORT area.

Portableapps has been published by leading newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times, PC Magazine, PC World, Information Week and USA Today. So try this cool application to have 24/7 access to your programs and files.

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Wednesday, August 8

Only in the Philippines: A Foreigner’s Perspective Part 2 (A Matter of Taste)

This is another funny article written by Matthew Sutherland. It's all about food.

Matter of Taste

I have now been in this country for over six years, and consider myself in most respects well assimilated. However, there is one key step on the road to full asimilation, which I have yet to take, and that's to eat BALUT.

The day any of you sees me eating balut, please call immigration and ask them to issue me a Filipino passport. Because at that point there will be no turning back. BALUT, for those still blissfully gnorant non-Pinoys out there, is a fertilized duck egg. It is commonly sold with salt in a piece of newspaper, much like English fish and chips, by street vendors usually after dark, presumably so you can't see how gross it is. It's meant to be an aphrodisiac, although I can't imagine anything more likely to dispel sexual desire than crunching on a partially formed baby duck swimming in noxious fluid. The embryo in the egg comes in varying stages of development, but basically it is not considered macho to eat one without fully discernable feathers, beak, and claws. Some say these crunchy bits are the best. Others prefer just to drink th e so-called 'soup', the vile, pungent liquid that surrounds the aforementioned feathery fetus...excuse me; I have to go and throw up now. I'll be back in a minute.

Food dominates the life of the Filipino. People here just love to eat. They eat at least eight times a day. These eight official meals are called, in order: breakfast, snacks, lunch, merienda, merienda ceyna, dinner, bedtime snacks and no-one-saw-me-take-that-cookie-from-the-fridge-so-it-doesn't-count.

The short gaps in between these mealtimes are spent eating Sky Flakes from the open packet that sits on every desktop. You're never far from food in the Philippines. If you doubt this, next time you're driving home from work, try this game. See how long you can drive without seeing food and I don't mean a distant restaurant, or a picture of food. I mean a man on the sidewalk frying fish balls, or a man walking through the traffic selling nuts or candy. I bet it's less than one minute. Here ar e some other things I've noticed about food in the Philippines.

Firstly, a meal is not a meal without rice - even breakfast. In the UK, I could go a whole year without eating rice. Second, it's impossible to drink without eating. A bottle of San Miguel just isn't the same without gambas or beef tapa. Third, no one ventures more than two paces from their house without baon (food in small container) and a container of something cold to drink. You might as well ask a Filipino to leave home without his pants on. And lastly, where I come from, you eat with a knife and fork. Here, you eat with a spoon and fork. You try eating rice swimming in fish sauce with a knife. One really nice thing about Filipino food culture is that people always ask you to SHARE their food. In my office, if you catch anyone attacking their baon, they will always go, "Sir! KAIN TAYO!" ("Let's eat!"). This confused me, until I realized that they didn't actually expect me to sit down and start munching on their boneless bangus. In fact, the polite response is something like, "No thanks, I just ate." But the principle is sound - if you have food on your plate, you are expected to share it, however hungry you are, with those who may be even hungrier. I think that's great. In fact, this is frequently even taken one step further. Many Filipinos use "Have you eaten yet?" ("KUMAIN KA NA?") as a general greeting, irrespective of time of day or location.

Some foreigners think Filipino food is fairly dull compared to other Asian cuisines. Actually lots of it is very good: Spicy dishes like Bicol Express(strange, a dish named after a train); anything cooked with coconut milk; anything KINILAW; and anything ADOBO. And it's hard to beat the sheer wanto n, cholesterolic frenzy of a good old-fashioned LECHON de leche (roast pig)feast. Dig a pit, light a fire, add 50 pounds of animal fat on a stick, and cook until crisp. Mmm, mmm... you can actually feel your arteries constricting with each successive mouthful. I also share one key Pinoy trait ---a sweet tooth. I am thus the only foreigner I know who does not complain about sweet bread, sweet burgers, sweet spaghetti, sweet banana ketchup, and so on. I am a man who likes to put jam on his pizza. Try it! It's the weird food you want to avoid. In addition to duck fetus in the half-shell, items to avoid in the Philippines include pig's blood soup (DINUGUAN); bull's testicle soup, the strangely-named "SOUP NUMBER FIVE" (I dread to think what numbers one through four are); and the ubiquitous, stinky shrimp paste,BAGOONG, and it's equally stinky sister, PATIS. Filipinos are so addicted to these latter items that they will even risk arrest or deportation tryin g to smuggle them into countries like Australia and the USA, which wisely ban the importation of items you can smell from more than 100 paces. Then there's the small matter of the purple ice cream. I have never been able to get my brain around eating purple food; the ubiquitous UBE leaves me cold.

And lastly on the subject of weird food, beware: that KALDERETANG KAMBING (goat) could well be KALDERETANG ASO (dog)... The Filipino, of course, has a well-developed sense of food. Here's a typical Pinoy food joke: "I'm on a seafood diet. "What's a seafood diet?" "When I see food, I eat it!" Filipinos also eat strange bits of animals --- the feet, the head, the guts, etc., usually barbecued on a stick. These have been given witty names, like "ADIDAS" (chicken's feet); KURBATA" (either just chicken's neck, or "neck and thigh" as in "neck-tie"); "WALKMAN" (pigs ears); "PAL" (chicken wings); "HELMET" (chicken head); "IUD" (chicken intestines), and BETAMAX" (video-cassette-like blocks of animal blood). Yum, yum. Bon appetit."

If you wanna see the different types of Filipino Street Foods, you may want to visit this blog:

http://my_sarisari_store.typepad.com/my_sarisari_store/street_food/index.html

Lots of great pics!
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Tuesday, August 7

Only in the Philippines: A Foreigner’s Perspective Part 1 (A Rhose, by Any Other Name)


Most Filipinos have a story to share about their name (like where it came from? Or why their parents have picked that name for them?). And this is a common thing here in the Philippines. But to some, especially foreigners, those stories may sound weird. Just read this very funny (yet so true) article written by a British Journalist, Matthew Sutherland.

A Rhose, by Any Other Name

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches" -- (Proverbs 22:1)

WHEN I arrived in the Philippines from the UK six years ago, one of the first cultural differences to strike me was names. The subject has provided a continuing source of amazement and amusement ever since. The first unusual thing, from an English perspective, is that everyone here has a nickname. In the staid and boring United Kingdom, we have nicknames in kindergarten, but when we move into adulthood we tend, I am glad to say, to lose them.

The second thing that struck me is that Philippine names for both girls and boys tend to be what we in the UK would regard as overbearingly cutesy for anyone over about five. Fifty-five-year-olds colleague put it. Where I come from, a boy with a nickname like Boy Blue or Honey Boy would be beaten to death at school by pre-adolescent bullies, and never make it to adulthood. So, probably, would girls with names like Babes, Lovely, Precious, Peachy or Apples. Yuk, ech ech. Here, however, no one bats an eyelid. Then I noticed how many people have what I have come to call "door-bell names". These are nicknames that sound like -well, doorbells. There are millions of them. Bing, Bong, Ding, and Dong are some of the more common. They can be, and frequently are, used in even more door-bell-like combinations such as Bing-Bong, Ding-Dong, Ting-Ting, and so on. Even our newly appointed chief of police has a doorbell name Ping.

None of these doorbell names exist where I come from, and hence sound unusually amusing to my untutored foreign ear. Someone once told me that one of the Bings, when asked why he was called Bing , replied, "because my brother is called Bong". Faultless logic. Dong, of course, is a particularly funny one for me, as where I come from "dong" is a slang word for well; perhaps "talong" is the best Tagalog equivalent.

Repeating names was another novelty to me, having never before encountered people with names like Len-Len, Let-Let, Mai-Mai, or Ning-Ning. The secretary I inherited on my arrival had an unusual one: Leck-Leck. Such names are then frequently further refined by using the "squared" symbol, as in Len2 or Mai2. This had me very confused for a while.

Then there is the trend for parents to stick to a theme when naming their children. This can be as simple as making them all begin with the same letter, as in Jun, Jimmy, Janice, and Joy. More imaginative parents shoot for more sophisticated forms of assonance or rhyme, as in Biboy, Boboy, Buboy, Baboy (notice the names get worse the more kids there are-best to be born early or you could end up being a Baboy). Even better, parents can create whole families of, say, desserts (Apple Pie, Cherry Pie, Honey Pie) or flowers (Rose, Daffodil, Tulip). The main advantage of such combinations is that they look great painted across your trunk if you're a cab driver. That's another thing I'd never seen before coming to Manila -- taxis with the driver's kids' names on the trunk.

Another whole eye-opening field for the foreign visitor is the phenomenon of the "composite" name. This includes names like Jejomar (for Jesus, Joseph and Mary), and the remarkable Luzviminda (for Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, believe it or not). That's a bit like me being called something like "Engscowani" (for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). Between you and me, I'm glad I'm not. And how could I forget to mention the fabulous concept of the randomly inserted letter 'h'. Quite what this device is supposed to achieve, I have not yet figured out, but I thin k it is designed to give a touch of class to an otherwise only averagely weird name. It results in creations like Jhun, Lhenn, Ghemma, and Jhimmy. Or how about Jhun-Jhun (Jhun2)?

How boring to come from a country like the UK full of people with names like John Smith. How wonderful to come from a country where imagination and exoticism rule the world of names. Even the towns here have weird names; my favorite is the unbelievably named town of Sexmoan (ironically close to Olongapo and Angeles). Where else in the world could that really be true? Where else in the world could the head of the Church really be called Cardinal Sin? Where else but the Philippines! Note: Philippines has a senator named Joker, and it is his legal name.
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Monday, August 6

Free CookBook: Simon Cozens recipe collection


My niece is an HRM (Hotel and Restaurant Management) student and asked me to help her get some great recipes. Well, I know I can help her locate a lot of references yet I am not sure if my research will be good enough for her. But I just would like to share this Free Cookbook that Simon Cozen has posted on his website. I dont personally know this person yet he really did a great job in collating these recipes and made it available for viewing or download.

The Cookbook is a just a collection of the recipes. But I find this helpful to people who cannot afford to buy some expensive books or do not have much time on the internet. You can just save the PDF and print it so that it'll be available anytime you may want to use it.

Hope you'll enjoy Simon Cozen's cookbook. Happy cooking! =)
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MakingFriends: : Fun Activities and Crafts for your Children!

Toddler tantrums is one of the many challenges that you will be facing as a parent. And now I can attest to you cause my husband and I are really having hard time communicating with our 2 year old daughter especially when she ask for something that you can't give. You will just hear her screaming and crying. At times, she would lie on the floor and cry out loud even when we are inside a mall or grocery store.

What can we do about it? One great advice that I got is to introduce craft projects with children . And I just found a great site which is MakingFriends.com.


This is a personal webpage of Terri, a graphic designer, for her children. The site offers cool craft ideas and free printables for children. You can enjoy different crafts such as dolls, candle-making, bible, card making, weaving projects and even party stuff. I personally love the Paper Doll Printables which is appropriate for my daughter. She will surely adore the dolls! MakingFriends.com is also giving away craft supplies if you won their monthly contest. So sign up on their newsletter so that you will be notified about their upcoming contest to get the $200 worth of freebies. Sign up to Makingfriends.com by sending a blank email here

Start browsing the makingfriends.com and enjoy making crafts with your kids!
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Friday, August 3

Healthy Living: The Magic of Honey and Cinnamon


Honey has been said to be the only food that does not spoil. But did you know if you sprinkle it with cinnamon powder, the mixture can be a healing power?

One day, when my sister went home from work, she told me about this great news that honey and cinnamon can heal certain diseases and can alleviate pains. So what I did is search information on the internet and here are some of the links where I found helpful information about this great duo (honey and cinnamon), at 1stHolistic.com :

"The Healing properties of Honey and Cinnamon "

If you cannot take the pure mixture of honey and cinnamon, might as well add it to your daily menu.

Check out these mouth-watering recipes:

If you are on a diet, you will love these weight-loss recipes:
So for a healthier living, make honey and cinnamon part of your daily intake!

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Thursday, August 2

Would you like to share any freebie?

Things become freebies when you share them to others. So if you know any kind of great freebie (ebook, advice, educational material, video, magazines, cookbooks, recipes, stories...), I'd love to hear from you! Please email me at: anyfreebies@gmail.com with the subject "Great Freebie : {Brief Description}"

I'll await for your email. Thanks!
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Wednesday, August 1

Google Talk: Chatting Made Easy!

Get connected with your Google friends now!





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