Episode 8 of the Manly Hanley Podcast is now live! I’ve attached the show notes below. Thanks for listening!

Intro

Randy covers 8 must-have applications that are, for the most part, free and simply amazing.

Announcements

  •  Congrats to our Jabra Earbuds winner, Jocelyn!
  • There is another giveaway coming soon, in the next couple of weeks.

#1: Greenshot

  • Best free screenshot tool out there. My career in I.T. is based on making tutorials for users and this tool is the most efficient one I keep going back to.

#2: 7-Zip

  • Completely free, open source. Provides a compression ratio 2-10% Better than WinZip. Can work with a ton of different file formats:

AR, ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, CramFS, DMG, EXT, FAT, GPT, HFS, IHEX, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MBR, MSI, NSIS, NTFS, QCOW2, RAR, RPM, SquashFS, UDF, UEFI, VDI, VHD, VMDK, WIM, XAR and Z

#3: TeamViewer

  • Team Viewer is free for “personal use”. It allows you to remote into computers to support them remotely. This is a fantastic tool to use to remotely support friends and families’ computers. 
    • The commercial version of Team Viewer is pretty pricey, so if you’re looking at corporate remote support software, I recommend GoToAssist

#4 VLC Media Player

  • Free and Open Source baby! So what is it? It’s arguably the best media player. Plays virtually any format. Get this one now.

#5: Google Photos

  • Saves users (particularly iPhone users) from paying for tyrannically-priced storage plans.
     I believe this app is absolutely essential on all smartphones.

#6: Outlook Mail and Calendar

  • Outlook Mail and Calendar has the calendar and contacts built into the actual mail app. It’s updated very often, and maintains a very high rating in all app stores.

#7: Google Voice (Hangouts)

  • Think of it as an “Alias” for your actual phone numbers that you’d otherwise not feel comfortable giving out to someone. It’s also great if you want to make phone calls over WiFi, if you’re in an area with no cellular connection.

#8: GIMP Image Editor

  • I like to refer to it as a totally-free version of Adobe Photoshop. It’s not exactly Photoshop, but it’s free and worth your attention
     

Bonus: Office 365 Suite

  • There was a time-frame, probably around 2005, where I was anti-Microsoft, Linux desktop-only. After all, Linux and the Open Source movement is what lead me to loving many of these amazing Open Source applications. There is one area that I could not escape and that was the Microsoft Office suite. This is something that Microsoft is just so good at. Things like the Outlook mail client, Excel, etc. There are open source alternatives to all of these applications but, in the end, it’s not the same. 
    • The great thing is that, even the most basic Office 365 Subscription (The cloud-only “Business Essentials” plan) comes with teams. I purchased this plan recently for this domain and podcast! It was only $60 for the entire year, and I can manage all of my data there. It was a no-brainer for me.