Open Source Software

Open Source

As software has been a sizable investment for many companies it is quite important that we address the open source software programs and their capabilities. Imagine being able to do all things required to run your home or business. Well you don’t have to imagine  for long as the software is here and available now. The savings per PC are nice however, when you multiply the savings throughout an office the savings are huge.

Open Source Programs and Open License Software


Recommended Open Source Software

  • WordPress – for creating websites
  • Open Office – for word processing – spreadsheets – presentations – data bases
  • Gimp – for photo manipulation
  • Filezilla – for FTP (File transfer Protocol)
  • Android – for cell phones and tablets
  • Audacity – for audio manipulation
  • CutePDF – for creation of PDF documents
  • VLC – for playing movies and media

This list is always under update and is part of our support for Open Source which delivers wonderful function software for all applications without the cost of licensing.

As Always, Charley

Author - Charley Carlin
Charley

About the Author: As a Social Media Guide empowering others on the Internet is a passion. Charley lives in beautiful San Luis Obispo County on the central coast of California. Charley is regularly seen every December in a full red suit and hat.  Clear Thought, Clear Vision, and Consistent Action are his mantra. He and his wife, Anet,  travel the southwest extensively.

Social Media 101 – Part 2 – Fundamentals

Social Media Fundamentals

Social Media Fundamentals
Social Media Fundamentals – How To?

Today we’re going to look Social Media. Social media seems to be today’s buzz. The hottest newest marketing thing, but really it is something you been doing all along. You interact with people, you engage them, you talk with them – remember that phrase talk with them – you mix all that up and people do business with the people they trust. This is important. This is the way business has been done for a long time.

Now for the question that is always going to be asked. A question that is going to be asked and seems to be asked over and over again is  What’s in it for me?

What’s in it for me?
I’m doing fine. If your business is great and you want to keep it just the way it is, then maybe you would be best to move along because you don’t need to change. Yes, for some businesses this can be totally ignored. That is a personal choice and small businesses, especially in smaller towns, or smaller markets just Continue reading “Social Media 101 – Part 2 – Fundamentals”

GIMP – Photoshop for FREE! Even Better!

Wilbur – The Gimp Mascot

GIMP – Graphic Image Manipulation Program is the open source equivalent of Photoshop for Free. For most people GIMP can do everything, and I mean everything you need. From photo re-sizing, re-sampling, changing colors, removing red eye, cropping, layering, making collages, converting from one type to another, and so much more. With all those options available it can be a bit overwhelming, however driving the space shuttle would also be overwhelming. So, target whatever you want to do and learn a few controls and features at a time. As with any good software, a bit of training can go a long way. The people who say “I will play with it and figure it out” will have varied degrees of success. For best results I recommend training, with someone who knows GIMP, with the GIMP site and GIMP Quickies, or YOUTUBE training videos.

So what are the cons you ask? Continue reading “GIMP – Photoshop for FREE! Even Better!”